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Even though my Japanese pullsaws have a much finer cut than traditional western saws, require much less effort to use and also give a much neater finish to your projects meaning that you spend less time finishing and smoothing, cutting still produces sawdust and, of course, offcuts. Any woodwork project also involves a lot of other processes which often leave you at the end with a pile of shavings, dust, chips and offcuts.

What to do with all of your offcuts, chippings, shavings and sawdust? This can be a bit of a dilemma, particularly if you are doing a lot of woodworking. If you try to burn the sawdust it generally just puts out the fire in a stove or fireplace, especially if you try to burn more than a handful at a time. You can compost a certain amount (if the sawdust is from the right woods and if you have a garden), and of course you can throw the sawdust away. If you have larger quantities of sawdust and shavings then you may well have to pay for it to be taken away: this is something you really want to avoid as it can get quite expensive.

greenheart workshop stove

It seems such a waste to throw away valuable fuel, especially these days when we are rightly being encouraged to waste less. A sawdust burning workshop stove called a Greenheart stove could be the answer. A Greenheart workshop stove has an air intake tube that runs down through the fire. This means that the air for combustion is sucked up through the fuel in the stove. If you were to fill a normal stove up with sawdust it would definitely go out, but the air intake tube in the Greenheart means that you can fill the stove up with sawdust and it will still burn merrily away.

Greenheart workshop stoves are available from and there is even an "installation assistant" that will help you design a flue system. They have been specialising in woodburning stoves for over 20 years as and really know their business. Why not have a look at what they have to offer, and if you are interested give them a ring to discuss the options.

If you do decide on a woodburning stove you will be able to saw and cut away to your heart's content (maybe even making something inspired by one of my own projects!) knowing that you are keeping nice and warm as your sawdust burns away, and that every job you tackle is creating not waste that you need to dispose of but valuable fuel to reduce your heating bills.