I own around 30 acres of land in Central TX with tons of mesquite and post oak on it and Ive got a lot of already cured wood just sitting there waiting to be used. It seems stupid to mail order pellets or sawdust when I have so much free wood just sitting there (plus I'm from central TX and we are particular about liking our smoked meats to taste like its been smoked with native post oak wood). Trouble is, I want to use my AMNPS for smoking cured sausage below 165 degrees, so I'm not in a position to make the wood I already have into chips or chunks. It has to be sawdust or pellets.
I don't want to invest in a $5k+ commercial pelletizer, so its going to have to be sawdust. Whats the most efficient way to make sawdust out of split logs of cured mesquite or post oak? Just chop it up as close as you can with a miter saw that has a dust capture bag on it? Seems like it'd take a lot of time to make a bunch of it that way. Are there faster or more efficient methods that make it easy to capture the dust?