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post #1 of 16 Old 01-21-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Sawdust-what to do with it?

I'm fairly new to woodworking and haven't really been generating massive amounts of sawdust till I got a planer for christmas.

I don't anticipate going crazy, but still...what do you do with a 40 gallon trash can full of sawdust?

it's not all clear wood either, as i cut a lot of treated wood in the regular course of my jobs and just tinkering the house.
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If there are a lot of treated wood in your shavings, bag it up and let it go in the trash.
I usually put my shavings aroung the trees in the yard, and in the flower beds. Works good for mulch,, I use some of it in my garden plot also in the fall, and till it in, by spring it is all decomposed.

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My neighbor takes mine and uses it for bedding for his dogs. But I don't work with treated.
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Understand you can buy a press which will make logs for the fire from it,
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but you may not want to do that with the treated sawdust you mentioned...
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We give it to the local horse owners. They use it for bedding. A word of caution though, they won't or shouldn't use walnut shavings as they cause hoof infections.
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We give all of our shavings and dust and cut-offs to LOML's co-worker who has chickens and a wood stove. He puts the shavings and dust in the chicken coop to catch the droppings, and burns the wood to keep his house warm.

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My employers are kind enough to let me use some empty storage space in back of their shop for my wood shop. One of the benefits to me and them is sawdust disposal. I put my sawdust and shavings in large plastic containers and my employers use them to clean up spills (motor oil, various vehicle fluids, and any other non-hazardous liquids). Works great and takes the mountains of sawdust off my hands.
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You need a sawdust burner to heat your shop.
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saw dust

It shouldn't be hard to locate someone with a wood burner. I usually have one or more 55 gallon drums of saw dust by fall. It sure does burn nice and extends your wood supply. If you can empty out your dust catchers before you cut treated wood and then put that wood dust in the trash (thats what I do) it makes it much easier.
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My shop's out in the country so I burn scrap and sawdust. Now I've heard....that if you toss a box of sawdust on a fire too slowly it can create a big cloud of flames that can somewhat singe your hair.....mind you, I've just heard that only.

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Right after I posted this, iu thought, gee-what a stupid question.
But after reading the suggestions, that changed. Some good ideas in there.

My setup is so small that collecting the dust between treated and untreated is no problem.

Thanks, all.
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I have loaded some walmart plastic bags with saw dust, rolled and tied them and stacked them in a corner. That makes them easy to handle, store and use. I grab one and toss it in the fire. Now I keep a 5 gallon bucket of saw dust next to the burner and shovel in what I want. I do it carefully, dust ignition can singe your eye brows. Your get smarter all the time.
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Sawdust and air can cause an explosion. Any inflammable powder is very dangerous. Flour mills were notorious in the days before cyclone dust collectors. I am sure cotton mills also caught fire.
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We have backyard fires with the neighbors, so I collect the sawdust in a box and throw it over the top one handful at a time. Makes a nice flame show.
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Saw Dust Uses

Maybe its just a California thing. I have friends and neighbors standing in line for my saw dust. Some use it for decorations around small flowers Some till it into the local Adobe, to loosen the the soil and retain water during the summer. Then there is the 4H people. They mix it with there rabbit droppings and make worm beds for fish bait. I just have to keep track of whose turn it is to call and come and get it.

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