Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    348
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Tractor
    JD 4210 E-Hydro

    Default Burning Wood Chips/Scrap

    I've searched the web but I'm real interested as to what real life experiences you folks have encountered regarding burning wood chips. We do not burn wood as our primary source of heat, just use it when we get the -25/-30C temperatures as well as any power outages. It would be a great option to be able to burn the chips (as well as justifying a PTO Chipper) because I try to just cut the dead wood/branches on my property but I'm curious about how you get them to burn properly/completely in a conventional wood stove in the basement. Any words of wisdom/experience would be appreciated. Up to this point, I've just had a big brush pile a couple times a year & burn the pile, but it seems a shame when I could use this scrap as a heat source in the winter. What's your real life experiences ??
    Eric

  2. #2
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    1,649
    Location
    Northern, New York
    Tractor
    Kubota L3830 03: RTV 900

    Default Re: Burning Wood Chips/Scrap

    I have an outside wood fired boiler and have burn chips with good results. I don't know how well they would burn in an inside stove. Some of my chips are dry and some are not. I have filled a 50Lb paper bag and thrown the whole thing in. In 20 drg weather it last for about 8 hours.

  3. #3
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    11,594
    Location
    Upper Midwest USA
    Tractor
    JD 4300, JD X485 JD 4x2 Gator, JD 425, JD455

    Default Re: Burning Wood Chips/Scrap

    Depends on if they are dry chips (dried after chipping) or green chips (burned right away). If chips are left in a pile, they will heat up from bacterial action, and begin to decay. But chips in a pile won't dry out.

    Wood, in chip form or solid, that is not dry, will consume much of its BTU energy potential just to convert the moisture to steam, thus being less effiecient and causing more creosote in the chimney. But there would be some residual energy output in the form of heat.

  4. #4
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    348
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Tractor
    JD 4210 E-Hydro

    Default Re: Burning Wood Chips/Scrap

    Any special trick to getting them "dried" ?? Can't stack them like firewood, so wondering if there's a neat way to get things dried out. I've got a combination of dead & semi dead wood so, things are not completely dry. Is putting them in a 50lb paper bag the norm ??

  5. #5
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    1,649
    Location
    Northern, New York
    Tractor
    Kubota L3830 03: RTV 900

    Default Re: Burning Wood Chips/Scrap

    I used empty sunflower seed bags, 50 pounders. Guess you could just dump them in by the pail full or shovel.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.