When it comes to wood shavings, how the shaving is derived matters.
Most people don't realize that there are different types of shavings on the market. There are manufactured shavings, by-product shavings, and planer shavings. Unfortunately, there is a wide and varied difference between each type. Let's go ahead and break it down.
The most common and least expensive type of shaving is by-product shavings. This is where a lumber mill collects all the shavings/sawdust from circular saws, band saws and sanders into a big pile and then scoops it into a bagger where you will see variable sizes of flakes mixed with sawdust. This product is usually very wet versus the other types of shavings, and makes retailers feel like they are getting a good deal as the bag is very heavy for it's size. The problem is that it doesn't expand well because it contains a lot of moisture already.
Manufactured shavings are taken from the whole tree. After a log is dried and debarked (the bark is turned into mulch in most cases), the log is carved into shavings and you receive a dry, consistent flake with smaller particles mixed in. There is never any dust, just smaller particles that get mixed in with the big, fluffy flakes.
Planer shavings come from mills that produce high quality lumber for the housing market. In most cases, high-end window and door manufacturers require C and D select grades of lumber to build their products. they also require that the wood be dried to a certain moisture level. When they cut the boards down into size, they then "plane" the shavings off the board in order to make it perfectly shaped. Shavings vary in size and are often smaller than normal because of the high speed planing process used.
Here are TPFP, Pine River Bedding is only made with manufactured and planer shavings from untreated, pure virgin timber. Both methods, manufacturing or planing, are more costly for the mill as it involves more labor and electricity to dry the logs. This is one reason that our product is a little more expensive than some others out there on the market.
When it comes to wood shavings pay for what you are getting, not water.
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