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Saw Dust ??

Let me begin with : I'm just a home hobbist, But every now and then I seem to have an abundance of saw dust Is there any good use's for it ?? My son suggested adding kerosene and making some fire starter ( Not sure I like that idea) So what do you do with all your sawdust Theres gotta be some use for it ?? any ideas ??


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My dust makes its way to the planter beds in my or one of my families back yards. This is when it is Oak from planing.

When I had a small dust collector I would dump it in the trash can. If I through it away now I make sure and bag it. The trash men get a little mad when it is not bagged.
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Compost it

All my clean saw dust and chips go into a pile mixed with leaves, and grass clippings and dirt from previous compost and turned a few times during the year. Pretty soon it's rich dark organic soil good for the garden. bill
NOTE Walnut is toxic to some plants, IE kills 'em!

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As long as it's not treated wood or painted, or has other foreign stuffs in it, I use it to fill a hole in the yard left by a fallen tree.
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My veterinarian takes the virgin stuff (except walnut) for her personal animals.

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I have given two trash bags full of hickory to a local business to use in smoking meats. He also takes oak for some different things he does. I use some hickory myself for the same purpose. I love smoked sausage.
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my blueberry plants love it.
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Walnut, cherry and mdf are tossed in the creek bank away from the horses. most of the saw dust goes in the horse stalls. My mom likes cedar shaving to out in the. Dog beds to eliminate dog odors. She also uses pine shavings for her parrot cages.
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I have given two trash bags full of hickory to a local business to use in smoking meats. He also takes oak for some different things he does. I use some hickory myself for the same purpose. I love smoked sausage.

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I bag mine and give it to a neighbor who uses it in his hog pen.

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I put oak on the blueberry bushes. I'll use it for starting a fire, too, but without kerosene. Lately I've been bagging it up because we're considering buying a horse (no walnut or cherry as has been mentioned, of course).

And sometimes I mix it with hot milk and eat it like oatmeal.

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The trash company says, no bag and in with the trash. (i.e. Land Fill)

The neighbors who don't park cars in the garage hate the trash companies solution. The dust gets all over everything when the truck dumps the trash can into the truck.

My solution is to use the green can and a plastic bag. This is usually turned into mulch and I don't use walnut very often so there is almost no toxicity.

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