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What do you do with all the sawdust?



As many of you already know, I love to go camping.

At many of the state parks I go to, they sell the best fire starter I have ever used which seems to be sawdust covered in paraffin wax in a paper cup with a wick. It is literally amazing and has never failed to help me start a perfect campfire.

It made me wonder what ways you have found to use all the sawdust you create. Do you recycle sawdust?

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I recycle it back into dirt. : laughing: I just dump it in the woods.
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This video has tips on making fire starter with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa49_WqjRFg

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I do a lot of camping too and have used the firestarters before.May make some up.I throw a lot of it on my vegetable garden but it takes a lot of nitrogen from the soil to break it down so you need to add a high nitrogen fertilizer now and then.
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I just till it into the garden.
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I save all my hickory and pecan saw dust and use it in my smoker when BBQing. The other saw dust I trash except when it is a lot, then I let it rot then use on plants.

I have been looking into make pellets for a pellet heater but so far the machines to make them are way beyond reach. I may try making some of the fire starter, we love camping and especially a campfire.

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I had a bunch of garbage bags full of walnut shavings and dust from my planer and jointer and was wondering what to do with them. After a little poking around I learned not to add them to the garden or my compost bin as they can be toxic to other plants. Apparently the toxins are strongest in the roots of the trees, but still present in the wood. I read that they'll eventually break down in compost, but that could take a while.
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Mine goes around plants and trees as mulch.

My father had a good use from shavings he obtained from a cabinet shop. He filled bushel baskets withe them and then planted tomatoes in the baskets. Watered them each day with a solution in which the fertilizer Nutrosol was dissolved.

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I use a lot of oak and cedar and all of my dust and shavings go to my next door neighbor for his compost pile. I have been researching You Tube and thinking about making fire starters and fuel briquets
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I have a garbage bag half full in the corner of my shop. All waste water-base acrylic paints get dumped in there. Dried and solidified and soaked into the carving wood chips, the environmental impact to aquatic ecosystems is minimalized.
Other than that, we have a place called a "Transfer Station" where we can get rid of everything from cardboard and wet garbage to used oil, bald tires, appliances and dead propane tanks. The bins and locations are nearly side by side = drive in a big circle and get rid of a 'Burb-load at a time!
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I mix it with ashes from the wood stove and spread it on the yard with a dry fertilizer spreader. Takes a lot of time though...
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My sawdust just gets trashed with other landfill waste. My chips and shavings are used to help start the fire in the shop stove, just sprinkle a couple of handfulls over the paper under the kindling, it burns slow and hot and helps the paper along.

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I can generate 4 or 5 55 gal. drums/month, it adds up fast. I take mine to a sawmill and dump it with theirs. A wood pellet company comes and collects it.
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I save all my hickory and pecan saw dust and use it in my smoker when BBQing.
Yip, me too. I've got a bin for scrap wood for use in the smoker as well. Obviously no pine, plywood, OSB, etc..etc.. or anything with paint or stain goes in there. I've got a customer that likes his projects made from cherry. Works great on the smoker!
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My landlord is a landscaper and mulches all his chips. I just throw them in.

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I don't like burning sawdust for fuel. It makes too much ashes. I live in the country so I just dump it in a pile and burn it to get rid of it. What is bad is if it gets rained on before it gets burned. The stuff can smolder for a couple weeks.
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I haven't had occasion to use any "toxic" woods.. Mostly cedar, pine, ash, maple etc..
We raise a couple beef critters every year so 99% of it goes into the bedding.
When we clean out the stalls the mix is piled behind the barn for about a year then added to a big compost bin by our garden.. Thence added to raised beds with sand & soil for root veggies like parsnips, carrots, turnips etc.. The remainder just gets spread on the main garden & tilled in..
Works for me!
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What? That's your garden!?!?!
Wow. If that's not in a magazine, it should be. Spectacular.
I've love to see more photos of that!
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