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chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:28:49 PM »
after I cut my fire wood with my chainsaw wood chips smell with oil...obviously.
I wonder if I use them in my fireplace as kindling will cause any problems.
Looks like a good material for this purpose...

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 06:31:19 PM »
 I don't see where a problem could arrise from burning the chips .
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 11:20:49 PM »
I use planer shavings all the time in my shop stove. I can't see where chips would be any different.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2010, 02:43:38 AM »
I don't see where a problem could arrise from burning the chips .

chips with oil in it, I don't know e.g. health hazard, fireplace clogging etc.

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2010, 11:38:13 AM »
I'd be more afraid of my shadow.  ;D
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2010, 11:51:39 AM »
I'd be more afraid of my shadow.  ;D

hell man, how do you look then?  ;D

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010, 11:53:07 AM »
  There are people here that come for wood chips all the time. They pack paper liquor bags from the liquor store with them. Then they toss it in like a regular log and light it up. It works very well, light and forget.  The liquor store here will give away a small stack ( 10 bags or so) every time you go in.  The bags used for wine bottle/rum bottles are the best. When you fill them they are the same shape and size as a "real" log.
  As far as oil goes, you always have a small amount on each log as you cut anyway, as long as it's not soaked with oil you will have no problem.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2010, 11:59:20 AM »
I always have a 5-gallon bucket full of saw shavings for lighting the campfire/fireplace.  Cut length-ways down the log and get the nice long curly ones, they work best and it doesn't take too many cuts to get a good pile that will last you awhile :)
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2010, 02:20:08 PM »
I've also used them for smoking chips in the meat smoker. Not enough oil on them to fret over.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010, 06:21:29 PM »
I don't see where a problem could arrise from burning the chips .

chips with oil in it, I don't know e.g. health hazard, fireplace clogging etc.

 
 If you can clog a fireplace with a handfull of chips you are using to sart a fire .. I would strongly sujest you replace said fireplace sir .
 As for the oil on um .. how much fuel oil goes trough a furnace over a winter , how much sout is in the cheminy. Aint any more hazerdus to use chips out of a saw then to heat with oil. Actualy a lot less.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2010, 10:17:52 PM »
Motif,

My experience is with burning chips off my planer and occasionally sawdust.  I soak the chips in used engine oil before I use them as kindling.  The oil provides extra heat to help start the fire, and I get rid of my used oil at the same time. 

I have found that generally the chips don’t work too well unless they are dry.  That’s even more true for sawdust.  They also do not absorb the oil as well if the chips are wet with water.  I would guess that most of the chips from a chainsaw would be wet. 

If you are just going to use a small amount, you can lay the chips in a thin layer in a tub or something similar.  Leave the tub in the sun and stir the chips several times a day.  Bring them in at night.  In a few days you’ll have nice dry chips that should start easily. 

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2010, 05:03:12 PM »
I use either planer or saw chips to start my stove every time.  But I add a little kero or #2 to the can and let them sit awhile.

I'll fill one of those giant coffee cans and pack the chips in then add about one cup of diesel, #2 or kero and put the lid on.

Usually only takes about 2 cups or so to get the logs going and I don't use any small kindling, only the split logs and the saw/planer chips.

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2010, 09:52:06 PM »
I had a relative who used to save old candle stubs and melt them into small (3 oz ?) paper cups full of chainsaw chips. (there may have been a wick in there too?) She'd sell them as camp fire starters. Worked rather well.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2010, 10:57:09 AM »
Yes, makes for a good fire starter.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2010, 06:55:28 PM »
I had a relative who used to save old candle stubs and melt them into small (3 oz ?) paper cups full of chainsaw chips. (there may have been a wick in there too?) She'd sell them as camp fire starters. Worked rather well.
Probably depends what kind of stove you have but mine (Jotul F400) has an ash tray below the burning chamber floor.  I am finding buildup of wax deposits in the ash tray pan or worse around it.  Seems the wax will melt and run down below before burning.   THis is from putting candle leftovers directly in, not from making up a wax-permeated kindling mixture.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2010, 10:04:03 PM »
She was making them for camp fire starters, not for use in wood stoves, so any possible drippage was not an issue.  A bit off topic from what the OP was asking...
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2010, 04:27:22 PM »
I use chainsaw shavings to make the best fire starter in the world hands down. I melt some wax mix in the shavings and pour into those paper egg cartons. Rip one off and light the edge of the egg carton and off it goes. Lasts a while too.

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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2010, 06:42:53 PM »
How do you guys go about collecting chainsaw shavings? I'm curious.
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2010, 07:15:27 PM »
If you are bucking up firewood in one spot, it doesn't take long for the chips to pile up...
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Re: chainsaw wood chips for fireplace kindling?
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2010, 03:52:48 AM »
How do you guys go about collecting chainsaw shavings? I'm curious.

my chainsaw although small is pretty efficient with chips and shavings  8)
can't imagine what a mess  bigger saws can do... ;D
So I put them with shovel on wheelbarrow to dry and then to big plastic bags.


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