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11-07-2018 10:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood storage shorts

I’ve got a stick problem. Can’t/ don’t know when to burn them. I tend to keep them for years. What do y’all do to keep your sticks at a manageable level? When do you decide to toss them?
Thanks for ideas!

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

People throw out wood?

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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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#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.

Here is my post.

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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. :)

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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?

- trsnider

When the shop gets cold. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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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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