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  1. #1
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    Question Sawdust bin flooring ?

    We just finished our sawdust bin and wondered if anyone has an asphalt floor.
    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it so I didn’t know if it’s advisable or not.
    Thanks in advance!



  2. #2
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    The base of our bin is asphalt.
    It is easier to work with than dirt when we
    push the sawdust into it.
    It looks like a two bay garage minus the doors
    and holds about 40 cords.



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    We have a concrete pad for ours



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    I want mats for my floor of the sawdust bin, which I figure is workable and inexpensive. Right now we just have dirt. We have a tarp top over the bin walls, which sometimes leaks in spots with rain or snow buildup. This means that bedding will need to drain dry at times and for us, asphalt would not drain as well.

    Also if I want to move the bin location at a future time, I can just lift the mats. We move the wood fiber by hand to stalls, no loaders. So a firm floor of mats will make it easier when we get to the bottom of the pile. Less of a composting issue with the bottom layer. We get 40 cubic feet at a time, that is what the delivery truck holds. Wood fiber is dried, so I try to keep it dry. That size pile does last us a good while. We like the wood fiber which is like fine mulch shreds, also cheaper than sawdust from the seller. Very absorbent. Our old sawdust guy was getting very unreliable, so we changed and have been happy with the new wood fiber folks.



  5. #5
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    We built a pressure treated plywood floor on ours, which worked OK for a few years. Now though it's breaking up under the tractor.



  6. #6
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    That would be my thought. No wood, because it will break up, and also I can imagine some kind of moisture/decomposition thing going on.

    I'd use cement pad, easily scraped (too much texture to asphalt, but whatever you have access to).
    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.



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    Slick finished concrete, slightly sloped to the outside, with a heavy vapor barrier underneath.



  8. #8
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    Question shavings bin flooring & top/cover

    Ugghh. I guess for the winter I'll use a tarp then see if I can find someone to do concrete come spring.

    Oh hey, Has anyone come up with a cleaver top for for a 3sided bin? One that opens easy for the truck to dump in?



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