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Forum topic by Edziu posted 04-08-2011 02:22 AM 4677 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2011 02:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawdust saw dust dispose disposing burn burning woodstove stove heat fuel

I often see lots of topics in the forums here on what to do with sawdust. I still use it in my garden as mulch, but I also recently discovered an efficient way to burn the stuff in my wood stove. I start by collecting small boxes that, when closed, will fit in my stove. I scoop some sawdust into the box, and tamp it down, repeating this several times.

Then I stomp on the sawdust to really get it compacted.

I add a little more sawdust and make sure there’s a little extra before I close the box, then I force the flaps down and tape the box shut.

I end up having a very dense pack of sawdust, almost as dense as a block of wood that is the same size. Then I throw it in the fire- and this is very important- On top of hot coals. Just lighting the box alone will work, but not well. when you put it on top of hot coals, it really burns nicely- for an hour or so.

I can process a whole 55-gallon drum of sawdust into about 8 or 9 boxes of this stuff in about an hour. I feel that’s a pretty good return on the investment of time.

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 04:21 AM

I will send you mine, expect a large box from FedEX… ;~)

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 05:00 AM

Do you get flames for an hour ?

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 06:11 AM

I do get flames for an hour, they’re not roaring, but similar to those of a duraflame log.

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 07:08 AM

I was thinking of that exact same thing,but didn’t try it yet, you put nothing but saw dust in the box ,right ?
No binder ?

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 07:15 AM

I have burned some that way too, but I don’t create enough :-) Box or 2 a year. Paper rolled up tight will burn about the same, but not quite a good.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 02:32 PM

Great idea.
When I saw your first 3 pictures, I was reminded of a story about disposing of garbage during a garbage strike in NYC I believe.
The home owner boxed it up nicely and left it in his/her unlocked car. Within a few hours, it was stolen.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 03:25 PM

I don’t burn my sawdust but I do a lot of planing by hand and get huge piles of plane shavings. I use the plane shavings to start the fires in my woodstove. They work a lot better then the starter logs or newspaper. Maybe I will try your box idea next winter.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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