The Early Days: Forest Use in the Fraser-Fort George Region
|At the McLean planer mill, a big fan sucked the
wood shavings and resaw sawdust into pipes where they were blown to a bin or hopper. The
shavings and sawdust were fed into the Dutch oven and burned to produce steam to turn the
steam engine which turned the planer, resaw, trimsaw, and blower. Steam and hot air was
also used to dry lumber.
Some sawdust was sold by truck to various houses around Prince George that used sawdust burners for heat and cooking. Sometimes it was sold as insulating material that was poured between the inner and outer walls of a house. Sawdust was also used to insulate ice houses. Generally the sawdust from the headrig was preferred for sawdust burners because it was coarser.