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Spring cleaning 2013
« on: April 03, 2013, 08:37:31 AM »
 

 

Nice spring morning.  Plenty of moisture.  Time to dig out some old blade boxes and insert and clean up some of the slab crumbs left over from the slab customers.  As fire progressed, I went around the lot and picked up this and that to add to it.
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Re: Slring cleaning 2013
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 08:41:54 AM »
I only burned a little of my slab pile and that was just in the fireplace. I have spring cleaning to do too. But mine are the branches that have fell out of the trees. I keep an acre cleaned up. Some I will need to cut up and some will be just the right lenght to heat my hot water with.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 08:49:07 AM »
It feels good to have a clean lot.  :)
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2013, 08:57:43 AM »
It's gonna take me two years to get my spring cleaning done..lol I have junk everywhere

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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2013, 08:59:42 AM »
Wood Junk?
Metal Junk?
Or both?  :D
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2013, 09:02:36 AM »
Wood Junk?
Metal Junk?
Or both?  :D
All of the above..lol

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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 09:21:23 AM »
That's one thing, this wood sawing makes a lot of mess
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 09:44:24 AM »
It pays to keep the sawmill area clear, all right.  A couple of years ago a friend nearly lost his mill when his wife decided to burn slabs.  I think a chipper is going to be my next investment. Safer than burning, and I might even find a use for the chips.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 12:13:35 PM »
It pays to keep the sawmill area clear, all right.  A couple of years ago a friend nearly lost his mill when his wife decided to burn slabs.  I think a chipper is going to be my next investment. Safer than burning, and I might even find a use for the chips.

Ya chips for me is the way to go, I do sell them

  

 

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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2013, 03:46:34 PM »
We've thought about chipping but the cost and overhead of another machine and time and labor to run it over weighed the benefits - seeing we don't have a market for chips.   We do have a market for slabs.  The crumbs you see here burning represent only a small percentage of the slabs we've produced.   We sale slabs by the pu and traiker load, customer loads.  So we recover some cash with very little cost or effort.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2013, 04:06:07 PM »
Here in VT some slabs are used to fire up the sugar arches for the conversion of maple sap to syrup.  The old timers rule of thumb was 2 cords of good dry hardwood to make a barrel (31.25 gallons) of maple syrup.  The 2 cords measure was for a 35 to 1 ratio,  if the sugar content was such that it took more sap for a bbl of syrup then more wood was needed.  Gerald
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2013, 04:08:38 PM »
Sorry Mary and Bibbyman:
I just realized that I brought food into your spring cleaning thread.  Gerald
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2013, 04:19:29 PM »
Sorry Mary and Bibbyman:
I just realized that I brought food into your spring cleaning thread.  Gerald

Not a problem.   Some of slabs we've made have been used to make maple syrup. This season a guy used slabs to heat his greenhouse.   We bartered slabs for lettuce and reddishs. 

I gave a neighbor a truck load of sawdust.   Mary came home with a quart of maple syrup.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2013, 05:28:22 PM »
Is there a good use for sawdust?
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2013, 06:10:21 PM »
I use to use it for horse bedding. I think many do around here,
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2013, 06:11:32 PM »
Is there a good use for sawdust?

Lots of them.  Wait long enough and it becomes compost. 

I sale a couple of dump truck loads a year to a guy that raises pigs. He uses it to compost dead pigs.  I trade a couple of grain truck loads a year to a farmer that milks cows. He uses it on the concrete floor in his milk shed.  He then compost the clean out and puts it on his truck patch.  I get a lot of vine ripen tomatoes.  Another guy used some in places around a dirt boke trail.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2013, 06:15:19 PM »
Is there a good use for sawdust?
I've been spreading it all over the place to cover up the mud.

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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2013, 06:27:30 PM »
Thanks, good suggestions. I will first use it to cover the mud like lyle suggests. The remainder I can bring to the neighbour who has a lot of horses.
We are not allowed to make an open fire to get rid of the 'spring cleaning' junk unfortunately.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2013, 06:37:04 PM »
Using sawdust to cover up mud is not a good use at all. It works the first time, but in the end, you are creating more mud and mud for a longer time by doing it. The sawdust will hold the water in the mud. Once the sawdust is there, it will create mud when it rains, when the rain normally would just soak in or evaporate away  I know this from 25 years of working in a mill where everything around the mill was dirt and we made a lot of sawdust sawing 20-30,000 feet a day.   You will end up having to doze the whole mess out of the way and bring in unadulterated fill, or your mud woes will just keep getting worse with future rain.
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Re: Spring cleaning 2013
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2013, 06:38:43 PM »
Is there a good use for sawdust?

Up North of me they pushed all the sawdust from a big mill into a wet area and built a WalMart on top of it. Don't know if that was a good use for it or not, but they got some mileage out of it anyway. :D
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