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    What to do with saw dust?

    We use a chainsaw mill, and plane our own wood....but we are not sure what to do with all the sawdust. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    We are in the Durham area.
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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    I dump mine in the wooded area of my property. If that's not an option for you, check with the "Durham Transfer Station" (aka the city dump) off of East Club Blvd to see if they take sawdust. Here's the web page http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/departmen...r_transfer.cfm

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    Thanks, I'll take a look at the site. I wish we could dump it on our property but we only have an acre..

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    If you know a potter, just tell them you have sawdust they can have for raku firing. It magically goes to their studio. Seriously, every so often my wife asks me to find sawdust for her potter friends. There is a potter's supply place in Durham called Claymakers. I bet they want your sawdust or know someone who does and will pick up.
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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    Thanks! That is an awesome idea

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    If you do not have Black Walnut mixed in there with the other some horse stables use it for the horse stalls - I use to work at a sawmill that sold sawdust to someone just for that reason
    What happen to the days when we where satisfied with what we had and really didn't care if we had what we didn't -

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    I see posts on Craig's List now and then where people ask for sawdust. I'd do a quick search or just advertise yourself in the "Free" section. My guess is you'll get a few takers.
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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    I give all mine to my nephew who uses it to keep down the odor and absorb the litter in his chicken pen. He then burns it and gives the residue to my neighbor who uses it in his garden. He also uses my plane shavings to line the nesting boxes.

    As do some others, the black walnut goes into the edge of the woods to keep down the green briar and weeds.

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    You can also dispose of saw dust by incorporating it into your landscaping. Either incorporate it into mulch, or work it into the soil where it will both hold moisture and decompose and feed your plants.

    This is how I dispose of all of my sawdust that is pure sawdust. If it has some plastic, brass, copper, or alluminum mixed in then I simply dispose of it in a wooded area behind our property and allow it to decompose naturally to feed the trees.

    The other options mentioned above are also great ideas. If your sawdust does not contain any harmful/irritating woods there are also animal lovers that would be grateful for the sawdust (especially coarser dust). Fine sawdust can be very effective at mopping up spilled oil (just dispose of such sawdust carefully so that the oil does not ignite -- or simply burn it afterwards).

    Personally, I would consider the dump to be an option of last resort. IMHO it seems silly to permanently entomb something that naturally decomposes on its own and can do so much for plants and hobbyists.

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    In addition to the "Free" section of Craigslist also post an add in the "Farm" section. That's where the horse owners hang out.
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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    It's tilled into the garden each spring.

    The saw dust helps hold moisture in the soil, and decays into more organic material for the plants.
    Just don't add Walnut dust (toxic to most plants).

    A favorite as the growing season progresses is to put 5 or 6 sheets of newspaper around the growing
    garden plants, then put sawdust or other mulch on the paper. The sawdust hides the unsightly newspaper and keeps it from blowing around in the wind, while conserving soil moisture and totally blocking weeds from sprouting. I haven't had to hoe or weed the garden in years.

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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    This may be old info (and DaveO please correct me if new research has debunked this old Hippy organic farming rule) but I have always operated under the understanding that sawdust takes a lot of Nitrogen to decompose and will rob the soil and make for spindly plants. It should be mixed with manure and lots of green stuff and composted before being added to your garden or used for pathway mulch.
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    Re: What to do with saw dust?

    You can put it in a yard waste bin (if you're on city collection). I've put mine in the brown bins in the past and it has been picked up.


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