Tips for Using Sawdust Sawdust, shavings and wood chips are the residue from milled lumber. Wood particles are commonly used as bedding and litter horses, cows, and other livestock, fuel and scatter for floors (steakhouses, most famously). In addition to the above mentioned uses, there are numerous other sawdust applications you might not have thought of. Here is a list of tips for using sawdust you might find useful. However, be careful; wood from conifers such as pine, cedar and spruce should never be used for cooking, and black walnut wood chips should never be used for pet bedding, as it is toxic to animals.
Tip # 1: Use sawdust for organic garden care.
Combining sawdust and wood shavings with garden soil and nitrogen rich fertilizers optimizes the nutrient levels in your soil. Because fungi feed on wood, thereby increasing the organic matter in the soil. If you are looking for a natural weed killer, then walnut sawdust might be the answer. Walnut bark contains natural herbicide.
Tip # 2: Use untreated hardwood sawdust and wood chips to smoke meat.
Hardwood sawdust from applewood, hickory or pecan wood make excellent flavor enhancers when grilling, and are also unparalleled for extended smoking. When you barbeque, throw a few handfuls of soaked hardwood chips on the coals; they will add excellent wood smoke flavor to whatever meats and vegetables you choose to grill.
Tip # 3: Use sawdust for cleaning.
You can clean your garage floor of dirt and impacted grime by mixing sawdust with water and using it as a scrub. Just sweep the mixture vigorously with a push broom to pick up accumulated grime. You can also soak up spilled oil by covering the area with dry sawdust and sweeping it up after an hour. Some people recommend cleaning oily tools with sawdust; sprinkle your tools liberally with sawdust and wipe it off.