Don't I wish! Wood chips are becoming a popular commodity so I find it's boom or bust with more bust the last few years around here.
Anytime we want wood chips, we can get a local tree service to drop off 10 cubic yards of chips within the week, with a phone call.
Lina Joana wrote:https://getchipdrop.com. In many areas, you can get as many as you can spread from road crews and arborists.
Personally, if I had to make them myself there is just no way. Mulch is great, but hauling the wood, chipping it, and then hauling the chips takes so much manpower (before you even consider the gas) that I would say that if you can’t find someone to dump a pile, it is worth it to find alternatives.
Jay Angler wrote:Don't I wish! Wood chips are becoming a popular commodity so I find it's boom or bust with more bust the last few years around here.
Trace Oswald wrote:It seems it's much easier to get a tree service to drop off chips if you are in a city than a rural area. Tree services here that do large areas just leave the chips right where they are. I've found it impossible to get any delivered.
Jeff Marchand wrote:I find wood chips to be very useful on my farm. They make excellent animal bedding and provide lots of carbon when bedding+manure is composted. I burn them in my Sedore wood stove. I use them to mulch garden paths and around my vegetables after Ive top dressed with compost.
To me chipping waste wood adds value and so a wood chipper is a valuable piece of equipment.
We add Nitrogen to our piles which saves a lot of water also - I make my husband pee in a bottle that's got 50% of the volume filled with water and when it's full he pours it on the chips. Urine is sterile and there's so much carbon on the pile that there's never any smell either. He was negative until he realized how much less water was being flushed down the toilet. That said, we're ALR (BC speak for designated agricultural land) so there are things we can get away with that are trickier in the city. It's on my list to make a bucket version for myself, but female plumbing is trickier and my knees are on the older side.
I let mine sit at least for a few months, while they absorb tons of water and break down a bit (I should be using mushroom or N sources with them, but haven't bothered with that yet).
Jay Angler wrote:It's on my list to make a bucket version for myself, but female plumbing is trickier and my knees are on the older side.
Jay Angler wrote:There are tricks - like putting the chipper in the sun for an hour before trying to start it, making sure it's well maintained and making sure the gas is fresh...
For moving chips, I put a garbage can on its side against the pile and use a garden fork to loosen and push the chips into the can. I find a shovel doesn't work well at all for me. I then use a dolly to move the chips to where I want them and dump the can there.
Jay Angler wrote:. I'm small too, and the only two stroke engine I can reliably start is my ancient 18" lawnmower. There are tricks - like putting the chipper in the sun for an hour before trying to start it, making sure it's well maintained and making sure the gas is fresh, but we've got a couple that I simply don't bother trying because they give our engine guru enough grief.
Joseph Jenkins says the same thing in his Humanure Handbook. I'm really hoping that by the time I pass on, this will be considered the environmentally sound way of dealing with the "mostly water and micro-organisms" I leave behind. I understand there are already jurisdictions looking at responsible ways to accomplish this. Just yesterday we had a hen die of natural causes and I wrapped her in a brown paper bag and buried her in a pile of wood chips that had already been through the duck overnight shelter. I expect there will be little left in two weeks.
I love what Joel Salatan uses his wood chips for (composting all the blood and guts that they produce as they butcher hundreds of chickens and other animals), turning a nasty waste product (rabbit, chicken, turkey, pig and cattle entrails) into fertilizer for their fields.
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Matu Collins wrote:
For that matter, how about a people powered sawmill...
That would be one of these. It's damn hard work! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw_pit
Matu Collins wrote:For that matter, how about a people powered sawmill...