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Drying sawdust
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deadcarp    Posted 04-05-2004 at 10:48:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm still at it. Found a safe way to burn sawdust as-is, so the next challenge is drying it in rather large amounts. The best solution i've found so far? Well it's pretty simple really. Let the sun dry it. I tipped an agfab trailer tongue toward the sun, dumped sawdust in there, slid a couple old windows over it to gather more heat and keep the dew (and rain) off, and that thing keeps up for now. It gains about 20 degrees in sunshine. Really i'd like to dry it in a chunkrete block (sawdust/sand/cement/ashes) closed-but-vented woodshed with a fiberglas panel roof, but that's not today. For right now, i'm heating the place with sawdust in my (very-slightly-modified) old boiler, it burns without smoke & things are lookin up.

Oh, and those studded golf cart tires didn't work. Even with rubber boots inside the tubes, the round bolt heads cut thru everything and flattened them. So i'm using ATV tires on the back. (tinker tinker :)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-05-2004 at 11:48:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had wondered about them studded tires. A male thing maybe? Showing off!

On to something more serious, been wondering about your furnace sawdust delivery. A few yrs backsome folks were useing old coal or coke stockers, the screw flites delivering the corn into the combustion chamber. Had thought about this for sawdust application; ONLY, set up the furnace in an area away from the house. Sawdust dust can be rather flamable to the point of spontaniace combustion when it is least desired.

My concern with this method is the fire following on delivered dust lying idol in the screw back to its sorce.

Just thought I'd pass along a couple more worries. I like to see other folks have more to worry about than me. he he he lol

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