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Short fat sticks, long skinny sticks... when to burn

by trsnider
posted 11-07-2018 10:40 PM


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lumbering_on

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 10:45 PM

People throw out wood?

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HenryJames

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 10:49 PM

Debated this for a while. Every year or so, I post them for free on Craigslist and put them out front of my house now. I literally clean house. Always feel like I’m going to miss them, but I don’t. And within weeks im stock piling again anyways. Figure at least someone can use them this way. I’ve gotten a lot of great replies from people who use them for small crafts. But either way, i just could never bring myself to just burn them! Feels wrong. Ha

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#3 posted 11-07-2018 11:06 PM

Toss it all after a year it all goes.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 11-07-2018 11:10 PM

I started burning pieces shorter than a foot, throw it in my travel trailer wood storage. If its between 12.1” and around 2-3’ then it goes in a orange bucket. Over 3 ft goes on the wall shelves. BTW, Alder burns some of the cleanest I’ve ever seen. Burned a bunch camping and my wife asked what kind of wood that was that didn’t make any smoke, I just said expensive firewood.

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trsnider

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#5 posted 11-07-2018 11:11 PM

I like the Craigslist idea. I can’t just toss them. That goes against my frugalness gene.

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#6 posted 11-07-2018 11:21 PM

I knew it was time when it was time! When frustration sets in, it is time to clean house. I have done that a couple of times. Now it is time to do it again.

Once upon a time, I made some crates out of 2×4 scraps and gave them away at Christmas. If you have the time, start ripping ‘em up.

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 12:03 AM

Glue them up into cutting boards?

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#8 posted 11-08-2018 12:16 AM

Never toss your “sticks”! I totally understand the keep it all compulsion, possibly learned at the hands of my farmer father, God bless his soul. When I think about thinning my accumulated stash my mind recalls all the masterpieces, jigs, test models and just plain junk I have made from “scrap”. Not to mention the fun my grand kids have had making something from the “scrap”. I have been successful in burning large numbers of 5 gallons buckets each winter. But that is mostly to discard the large amount of scrap created when turning a bowl starting from a log.
On the other hand, if their was a problem with our natural gas supply, I could make it through the winter heating our house. Yeah that’s it – I’m becoming one of those people prepping for some disaster. :)

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 11-08-2018 12:46 AM

Currently they go into the dump. I wish it wasn’t so

I have contacted the local school about the using them.

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#10 posted 11-08-2018 12:54 AM

as soon as you get rid of them that is when is when you will need them LOL :<))

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#11 posted 11-08-2018 12:57 AM

Get yourself a smoker. Cherry, maple, oak … they all make slow cooked meat even more tasty.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#12 posted 11-08-2018 04:00 AM



When do you decide to toss them?
Sigh

- trsnider

When the shop gets cold. :-)

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#13 posted 11-08-2018 04:16 AM

I save all mine up for wintertime fires….I start saving them in the spring nd summer to have enough kindling to see me through the winter…..Doesn’t matter what kind of wood (no pine…I hate pine) as it’s all hardwoods….I have a scrap box and throw all cutoffs in, and they start a fire real good….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#14 posted 11-08-2018 04:29 AM



People throw out wood?

- lumbering_on

Best answer so far…..

I’m a hoarder, and make the decision at the time I cut to the smallest dimension. I have to say 90+% of those are at the chop saw, and usually just when said piece cracks in 2 on it’s own accord. Of course when that happens I have to cut again, sometimes again, but those I usually just pitch in a barrel, jeesh that barrel has to weigh a ton by now. Hoarder, guilty as charged.

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#15 posted 11-08-2018 01:15 PM

Yep, cut it up for kindling. I’ve got two big plastic storage boxes full right now for this winter. I purposely save my hand plane shavings for tinder/fire starter… 80% of our winter heat is from our wood stove. Long shavings from hand jointing become Christmas tree garlands! Power planer shaving go to the dog houses for bedding…
And all sawdust (except walnut) goes into the compost for the garden…
Just my Kentucky way…

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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#16 posted 11-08-2018 01:41 PM

When my pile gets overwhelming, I start to glue them up into lager pieces to make end grain cutting boards and sometimes clocks. Anything that is too small for that goes in the burn pile.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#17 posted 11-08-2018 02:27 PM

When to burn? When it gets cold and you are tripping over them.

If you have a lot of smallish pieces of wood that you have not come up with a project for you need look into the rabbit hole of woodturning.

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#18 posted 11-08-2018 02:29 PM

laminate them and turn them in to bottle stoppers… I use 2×2x3 blanks for my stoppers.

Rich

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#19 posted 11-08-2018 02:36 PM


BTW, Alder burns some of the cleanest I ve ever seen. Burned a bunch camping and my wife asked what kind of wood that was that didn t make any smoke, I just said expensive firewood.

- SMP

You shouldn’ta gone and done that. Expect a visit soon from TheFridge. And don’t expect any exchange of pleasantries.

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#20 posted 11-08-2018 03:34 PM

I have some bins on my wood storage cart. When the bins are full, if I want to keep another piece, I have to throw some away to make room. By giving myself ample storage for cutoffs and restricting myself to only that space, I always have more than enough small pieces but I’m never tripping over boxes of exotic “kindling” either ;-) Well… there is one box of Boxwood but it’s special ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#21 posted 11-08-2018 06:04 PM

Generally, I keep stuff 12” or longer, and 2” or wider.

One of these days I want to make some clocks. Small pieces are ideal for that kind of project. Otherwise, I use them for jigs, set up pieces, or whatever else I need scrap pieces for. Still, every few months I have to clean things up and throw stuff away.

The hardest pieces to throw away or the exotic woods because they are so expensive. I generally hoard those until I can use them somewhere, mostly on craftsman style mosaics.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#22 posted 11-08-2018 06:09 PM



Glue them up into cutting boards?

- bandit571


Or blanks for segments!

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DS

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#23 posted 11-08-2018 06:14 PM

I once had a giant roll of plastic bubble wrap (1” bubbles) leftover from a project. I kept that stuff around for at least four years.
One particular day, I decided I was tired of it being in my garage and was never going to need it, so, I threw it out.

A week later, I paid $75 for a new roll because my wife took on a project that needed it.

Murphy reigns supreme in these matters.

Just saying…

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Steve

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#24 posted 11-08-2018 07:21 PM



I once had a giant roll of plastic bubble wrap (1” bubbles) leftover from a project. I kept that stuff around for at least four years.
One particular day, I decided I was tired of it being in my garage and was never going to need it, so, I threw it out.

A week later, I paid $75 for a new roll because my wife took on a project that needed it.

Murphy reigns supreme in these matters.

Just saying…

- DS

haha, this is exactly why i never throw anything away. i blame it on my dad too though. he kept everything as well.

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splintergroup

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#25 posted 11-08-2018 07:51 PM

Typically I’ll keep anything that looks big enough to make something useful with otherwise it gets tossed into the fireplace burn bag.

Every so often I’ll paw through these “scraps” and think of something to make (usually cutting boards).

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KYtoolsmith

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#26 posted 11-09-2018 12:06 AM

The funny part of putting cutoffs in the firewood pile is that almost as often I’m taking “too good to burn” pieces of split firewood to the shop! A surprising number of my turned boxes, several of my chisel handles, and both of the house paper towel racks started as firewood cut from our own trees.

Regards, the Kentucky Toolsmith!

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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