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Make the most of sawdust

These dozen ways to recycle sawdust might even make you question thin-kerf blades.

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First-rate firestarters

First-rate firestarters

Pack sawdust into paper muffin cups, above, or a cardboard egg carton. Melt paraffin wax or old candles in a double boiler, pour over the sawdust and allow to cool. Slow-burning when lit, these hotcakes make great starters for a fireplace or campfire.

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cdnjn wrote:

The wood dust / chips collected are spread out on our gravel driveway to provide traction for vehicles. The wood dust/chips also retains warmth from the sun which melts the snow & or ice. A couple 1" diameter rare earth magnets are attached to dust collection hose near each blast gate, one inside the hose one outside the hose along with a couple rare earth magnets attached onto each floor sweep duct to capture screws, nails metal that might get sucked up by the Jet dust collection system.

3/20/2014 10:54:34 AM Report Abuse
ThreeForFred wrote:

I make these firestarters all the time and I use them primarily when lighting charcoal. I use paraffin wax instead of candle wax as it is food grade and completely burns. There is no buildup on the inside of any of my chimney starters.

3/20/2014 10:24:33 AM Report Abuse
dwayneburgess wrote:

SUBJECT: First-rate firestarters I have some concern about the article on making fire starters using saw dust and candle wax. They would be great for camping but what effect would the wax have on chimneys; wouldn't it create a chimney fire hazard?

3/20/2014 10:08:59 AM Report Abuse
Delta.em wrote:

Another alternative is a biomass briquette. This YouTube video uses paper, but wood chips or sawdust should work at least as well.

3/20/2014 09:46:37 AM Report Abuse
woody14010 wrote:

The only problem with these fire starters is the wax residue left in your fireplace.

3/20/2014 09:45:12 AM Report Abuse
DaveOdekirk wrote:

I really like the dust from the planer for making fire starters. It's more like chips than dust.

2/11/2014 12:13:19 AM Report Abuse
rldad1 wrote:

Wood shavings are better than sawdust. Sawdust produces dust which can harm lungs of animals. We will not use sawdust with our horses but do use wood shavings.

2/6/2014 10:59:15 AM Report Abuse

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