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Blog entry by Chsalas posted 10-05-2011 02:43 AM 9518 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, this is my fist post, so I’m a noob!. Out of curiosity, what do you all do with the sawdust/chips? I have been working with a lot of quarter saw wood, so my planer and jointer get a good workout, and there is usually lots of leftovers (chips and dust). I collect it all, but it seems a waste to just throw it in the trash. Any ideas?

-- I make the best sawdust!

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 03:38 AM

I know this doesn’t take care of most of the dust but I heat my shop with wood. I make fire starters with cardboard egg cartons, filled with sawdust,(cedar works great) and then melt candle wax and drizzle over the sawdust. And voila an amazing free fire starter.

-- Josh- What you put in determines what you get out.

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 03:45 AM

That`s a great woody`s idea.
If you enjoy your garden , then you can make THE BEST compost by mixing 3 to 4 parts green waste with one part sawdust, add a little water to consistancy of a damp sponge, turn the heap (preferably a minimum of one cubic metre—-read yard for you in Stateside) and turn approx every 24-48 hours.
This will heat up beautifully when covered and in 2-3 metric weeks you will have killed all of the weedseeds by the heat and have what is a safe compost/potting mix.
This is a recipe from the Australian Garden Guru—Peter Cundall.
Good luck from Ron in Sunny Tasmania

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