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We have a bunch of branches and such that fell during a storm in the fall. They’ve been sitting in a pile since and are quite wet. Anyone know if the wetness will pose a problem for processing them through a chipper?
 
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if your chipper is small like mine (1 hp) try to let things dry so you can get them through the machine dry (or if possible, alternating with dry stuff) to avoid clogs. When you're done, make sure the machine has no clogged stuff in there and let it dry thoroughly or you may find when you turn it on next that muck is dried up in there and it won't rotate (ask me how I learned that)....
if you have a monster chipper I imagine you won't have these problems.
 
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Bethany Brown wrote:We have a bunch of branches and such that fell during a storm in the fall. They’ve been sitting in a pile since and are quite wet. Anyone know if the wetness will pose a problem for processing them through a chipper?



I have chipped wet material before and it's very hard on the chipper.  I would advise against it.  At one point, I clogged my tractor-driven PTO chipper that will chip 8" logs so badly I had to tear it apart to clear the clog.
 
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Howdy

I also have a tractor pto driven chipper.  I try and do both, green and dry.  I am really trying to do woodland fuel reduction and got the chipper, chipping all green branches, instead of doing slash burning. I now keep my eyes on the exit chip chute. When I don't see chips coming out, I shut down and am able to reach down into the chute, usually before it clogs totally, and pull out debris. If it is really clogged, I have to open up and access the chipper blade etc.

I am saving to burn sometimes down to the 1 inch dia. I chip fir and pine also and they have a pitch content that also helps clog the chipper.  I do like my chipper, it took some gettng used to.
 
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I think my chipper handles 3 or 4 inches. Green and wet branches are fine. In fact, the softer green wood goes through a lot easier than dry wood the same diameter. When i first got the chipper, I had a big pile of branches that I'd been accumulating  all year. Most of it was quite wet when I got to it, and it was fine, as long as the leaves had fallen off.  Wet branches and leaves are what clog mine up. My chipper has a hopper for little stuff, and I think it's practically useless. The hopper narrows down to the outlet at the bottom, and even dry leaves will clog up the narrow point unless you go reeeeaaally slowly. I found my little electric one was better for small stuff than this big one.
 
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