• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Homegrown sawdust for AMNS?

czarcastic

Smoke Blower
127
15
Joined Jan 17, 2011
Sorry if this is a taboo subject.

I tend to make a LOT of sawdust with my other hobby.  So I was wondering if anyone has had any experience using their own sawdust mix in their AMNS.

I figure between the bandsaw, tablesaw, planer and lathe, I probably fill up a 30-gallon trash can every month with shavings.

Anyone else use their own?  Any suggestions?
 

SmokinAl

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
Moderator
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
45,618
6,856
Joined Jun 22, 2009
Why not give it a try?  
 

scarbelly

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
14,318
71
Joined Jul 26, 2009
The only suggestion I have is that you need to keep it the same consistancy as what Todd sells so it will work correctly. If it is too fine or too corse it will not work well. Give it a try
 

jirodriguez

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
4,653
138
Joined Jun 5, 2009
Wonder if you could get one of those industrial super blenders they sell at Costco - run your stuff through it in batches till you get the consistancy you want..... Just dont do it with the wifes kitchen blender or she might be tempted to run you through the blender.... lol.
 

les3176

Master of the Pit
1,290
22
Joined Feb 10, 2009
I would think that if it is too fine most of it will go through the holes. Scar is right you need a good consistant dust. I'm not sayin that fine dust won't work,cause it might but in todd's dust there is a mixture of bigger chips in along withe the finer particals.
 

fpnmf

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
7,283
76
Joined Jul 19, 2010
Try it out.

keep us posted.

 Have a great day!!

  Craig
 

tjohnson

Smoking Guru
Staff member
Moderator
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Insider
5,600
138
Joined Dec 29, 2009
Sorry if this is a taboo subject.

I tend to make a LOT of sawdust with my other hobby.  So I was wondering if anyone has had any experience using their own sawdust mix in their AMNS.

I figure between the bandsaw, tablesaw, planer and lathe, I probably fill up a 30-gallon trash can every month with shavings.

Anyone else use their own?  Any suggestions?

Not taboo at all, but a GREAT question!!

Planer, shaper & lathe chips won't work because they have a little "Curl" to them.

Depending on the size of the sawdust from your bandsaw, it may be too fine.

Now, sawdust from your table saw or a miter saw should be absolutely "PERFECT"!

A 5 gallon bucket goes a very long way in the AMNS, so if you have a project where you're using your table saw or miter saw, it may be in your best interest to save this sawdust.  It may burn a little faster, but what the heck, It's Free!  Also, keep your sawdust in a sealed bag, or it will absorb humidity from the air.

Also, keep in mind that you want to save Hickory, Alder, Cherry and possibly other hardwood sawdust.  Pine and other soft woods are not recommended.

Hope This Helps!

Todd
 

jirodriguez

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
4,653
138
Joined Jun 5, 2009
.... and all else fails you can always hit Todd up for a bag or three!
 

dale5351

Smoking Fanatic
456
14
Joined Jun 20, 2010
A 5 gallon bucket goes a very long way in the AMNS, so if you have a project where you're using your table saw or miter saw, it may be in your best interest to save this sawdust.  It may burn a little faster, but what the heck, It's Free!  Also, keep your sawdust in a sealed bag, or it will absorb humidity from the air.

Todd
As usual, Todd has lots of good info to share.  Even better than a sealed bag is a left over juice jug -- I drink a lot of Ocean Spray Cranberry mixes and keep the empty jugs to store sawdust in.  It was a suggestion I picked up from a post here.  Just remember to label the jugs as to what is in them.
 

justpassingthru

Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
950
23
Joined Feb 7, 2009
Todd is correct about the miter saw and the table saw, they work fine, I use the dust bag on the miter saw to collect the dust (it's brand new, never used it before, then toss it in the washing machine after each type of wood, ...while mama's at work), but the table saw is too much of a hassle to clean up for smoking saw dust.

Oops, I use my joiner set at just under 1/8" for the larger pieces, then smash them a little in a 5 gallon plastic bucket with the end of a 2x4 ...guess my blades are getting dull. 


Gene
 

czarcastic

Smoke Blower
127
15
Joined Jan 17, 2011
Thanks everyone - and especially Todd - for your answers.  I've still got plenty of dust from my recent AMNS purchase, so it may be a while before I actually need any.

Todd - Thanks for your honesty and forthrightness.  Not too many business owners would do that and it says a lot about you.  Kudos to you!  
 
Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.