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As many of you already know, I love to go camping.

At many of the state parks I go to, they sell the best fire starter I have ever used which seems to be sawdust covered in paraffin wax in a paper cup with a wick. It is literally amazing and has never failed to help me start a perfect campfire.

It made me wonder what ways you have found to use all the sawdust you create.

Do you recycle sawdust?

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Hmmm...define "recycle"


I'm fortunate to have a forest around us. Dust to dust you know.
I won't put sawdust and shavings into our garden as they're contaminated with plywood glue, paint, Cedar, PT residue, and who knows what else. Not enough to be a bio-hazard but enough that I don't want to be eating whatever leaches out.
Small bits I burn in the fireplace.
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As many of you already know, I love to go camping.

At many of the state parks I go to, they sell the best fire starter I have ever used which seems to be sawdust covered in paraffin wax in a paper cup with a wick. It is literally amazing and has never failed to help me start a perfect campfire.

It made me wonder what ways you have found to use all the sawdust you create.

Do you recycle sawdust?
When the vacuum bag is full it is emptied into the garbage bin & taken to the council dump
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I give it to people who have chickens, they use it for bedding.
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Every nook and cranny is full, I'm running out of places. N
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Lately I've been spreading it over thin spots in my back yard. Fairly new soil there with little bio mass. It pretty much disappears with the first rain or first mowing or first rain.

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Special compost pile, mixed with grass clippings, turned and moistened now and then.
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Swept or vacuumed up and off to the towns transfer station in a black plastic bag and ultimately to a landfill somewhere. I could probably walk it back to the many acres of woods behind my house, but .......

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Bottom of the Budgie cage, compost heap, spread it thinly in flowerbeds and lawn, as Cricket mentioned - mix with wax and use as firelighters.

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I once dug a fish pond in my back yard. Stocked it with several Koi. They grew to around 12 inch before a hurricane came through, flooded the whole neighborhood. All my Koi swam away. I heard that folks were out catching them for miles down stream. I now compost all my grass clippings and my saw dust in the old hole.
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