Chipping

Remember those big, ugly piles of leftover “slash” from the logging?  

The crew – actually just two guys – and equipment has arrived to turn those piles into wood chips.  And, as seems to be a requirement with any machinery used in logging, the chipper is HUGE.  And it’s not called a chipper, it is a HogZilla.  I’m not making this up, it says so right on the side.

They pick up the leftover stumps, branches, logs and debris with an excavator and toss it into the bowl of the chipper – I mean HogZilla. 

The HogZilla – don’t you think a guy came up with that name? – chips all that up and shoots out wood chips.

Just to give you a better idea of how large that bowl is . . .

. . . here is Kevin the operator standing next to it.

It took almost a full day to turn one slash pile into these mounds of woodchips, or as they call it “Hog Fuel.”  I’m not making this up either.

The semi pulls in with a 53 foot long trailer and they have hauled six truckloads of  Hog Fuel so far off that pile. 

They take the woodchips   Hog Fuel to a co-generation plant downriver from us.  The co-generation plant efficiently burns the Hog Fuel and produces electricity and steam which is used to power the adjacent paper mill.  All this slash used to just go to waste, so I like the idea that it is used for something productive.

One comment on “Chipping

  1. Tj says:

    Great post Brenda. I appreciated your take on it and was amazed at how much hogfuel was made.

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