It depends on the circumstances, doesn't it? I've worked at places where anything smaller than half a sheet of plywood went straight into the skip to be recycled. Having said that, those are the sort of places where, if a big project came along and was just getting underway, a forklift hauled in a stack(s) of twenty, thirty or more sheet goods which were taken through basic sizing on a sliding table saw in less than a day. They were also the sort of place that rotated the skip near the machines anything up three or four times a day, all depending on how much material was processed.Getting ridiculous now! Surely there has to be some threshold where a piece is too small to use?
Perhaps I’m unusual in this respect but I see an off cut as doubling my profits, if I’ve priced a job & have off cuts from it & subsequently can use those off cuts in another job I’ve priced then I’ve been paid for them twice.I think the biggest factor is if you're a professional or an amateur.
If you're professional, you've got someone else buying your materials. Us amateurs will reach into a wood chipper to grab a nice bit of walnut
This is a genuine question so please don't think I'm making any kind of statement about emissions from woodburners. I imagine that the glues used in MDF, chipboard and plywood are some sort of carbon based compound, so when they burn would produce the same sort of emissions as the wood itself? If so, what's the problem? (Perhaps I should say 'additional problem').I use the term "off cuts" - whatever - I have a bin that I chuck the absolutely certain bits, and the not sure in the truck that stores all my wood (a.k.a. lumber cart) - every now and then a purge of the not sure stuff and that plus the certain stuff (less any MDF or ply with nasty glues) goes to a neighbour for his woodburner as kindling
I tend to write the date on wood I’ve seasoned for a quick reference to how long it’s been air drying, I picked up an off cut the other day with 2007 written on it so clearly I’ve failed in the regular chucking stakesHmm that gives me an idea - I'm going to start writing the date I put a piece into the offcuts box on each one, then if it's not a "special" piece of wood, I'll know which ones to chuck first.
The problem would be the nasty smelling fumes, I assume. Even the most efficient and hottest burner needs to be opened to put in more wood, and some smoke always escapes. I've learned - eventually - to open our cassette stove very slowy to avoid drawing smoke out into the living room!This is a genuine question so please don't think I'm making any kind of statement about emissions from woodburners. I imagine that the glues used in MDF, chipboard and plywood are some sort of carbon based compound, so when they burn would produce the same sort of emissions as the wood itself? If so, what's the problem? (Perhaps I should say 'additional problem').
Not at all I’ve a couple of mates who have log burners & it’s staggering the beautiful timber that gets cut up for fire wood.As it is -19C outside today I decided it was time to fire up the wood burner for the first time this winter. Am I the only one who salvages stuff from the firewood pile? I saved a couple of pieces rather than burning them.
Nice, what size are the scraps (can't get an idea of scale)