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Forum topic by mazzy posted 09-27-2013 01:20 PM 1148 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2013 01:20 PM

I have a fire place and would like to burn the sawdust collected in my dust collector. I’ve used boxes (like shoe boxes), packed and taped them and it works okay but burns fast. Are there any gizmos being sold that packs them like fire logs?

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Mazzy

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area, http://www.woodworkwonders.com


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#1 posted 09-27-2013 01:24 PM

You could add paraffin to the them.

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 01:33 PM

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 01:46 PM

I tried the above link and it didn’t work. Is it correct?

Thanks,
Mazzy

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area, http://www.woodworkwonders.com

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 01:52 PM

google search bio press micro compound lever.
might be faster

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#5 posted 09-27-2013 01:53 PM

I have a snorkel fitted.
This means that you start with some sticks to start it, then you cover with sawdust.
The finer the better as it will burn longer
This would normally smother the fire but the snorkel sucks in the air and it burns from
the centre out. I fire a 25kw with this, very efficient as well as the final ash is like talc.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 09-27-2013 06:51 PM

Jamie, do you mean a 25 kw generator run by steam? The old Anaconda Company Sawmill in Missoula, Mt.
had a big one run by steam generated by a sawdust burning boiler setup that worked great, but it is history
now.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 09-27-2013 06:58 PM

Hi Gus,
no this is an ugly old wood burner.
Turns my dust into nice DRY heat
Anything to get free heat, although I do have 3 ton/3000kg
of hardwood logs and 1 ton compressed dust bricks for just in case :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 09:42 PM

search youtube. There are lots of videos on sawdust briquettes. I don’t like the ones that are made from water mush and dried. I like the ones that are pressing the dry sawdust through a die and pushing out logs.

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 03:37 PM

I just put it in boxes, not even packed. It does well if left alone and not poked.

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 04:08 PM

What a great idea. Slightly related: can I send my plane shavings straight to a hamster cage? Are there any species that are toxic?

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 05:03 PM

Yes Harvey. Cedar and pine are toxic bedding for rodent pets.

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 08:54 PM

The legendary Matthias Wandel has a video for a sawdust briquette maker posted on Youtube. Uses a modified log splitter to compress the material.

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#13 posted 10-26-2013 09:33 PM

Accidental post deleted.

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#14 posted 10-27-2013 01:17 AM

Briquetts? I’m impressed! In the spring mine becomes mulch in the garden, and after maybe the 4th of July it all goes into the compost pile. I’ve seen sawdust mixed with parafin and then given a wick to be a campfire starter.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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