Champion Shavings

Have a shavings-related question? We have the answer. Check out these FAQs and give us a call today for more information!

What are the main end-uses for wood shavings and the softwood industry’s by-products?

The main by-product of the softwood lumber industry’s finishing of wood is “sawdust” mixed with “shavings.” As left by the lumber mill, these shavings are dusty, dirty, and filled with debris. Bulk shaving providers often ship unscreened products directly from the lumber mill. However, all Champion Shavings products are 100% screened before leaving the plant. Before we package our shavings, we separate the finer, fluffier pieces from the coarser pieces according to our strict specifications. The shavings can then be used by numerous sectors of the animal industry, including equine farms, poultry farms, dairy farms, show pigs, and small animal pet markets. When you need wood shavings for horse stalls, turn to Champion Shavings!

Should equine shavings be kiln-dried?

It’s a matter of choice. Some clear advantages of kiln-drying shavings are that the resulting chips are very dry, highly absorbent, and keep the bag from “sweating.” Moisture can develop in the bag after packaging. However, the drier the wood, the smaller the flakes tend to be. Champion Shavings has strict specifications for all flake sizes and moisture content. Regardless, according to My New Horse, wood shavings are 100% biodegradable, kiln-dried or not. Do you need bulk wood shavings bedding for horse stalls? Work with a company that processes and packages its products in an efficient and safe manner!

Is blown-in or dumped shavings a quality product like bagged shavings?

We believe that using a bagging line that dust-screens goes a great distance in removing extraneous and harmful dust particles. If you choose to use un-bagged bulk wood flake bedding for horse stalls, you must be prepared to accept dust (a known carcinogen) and possibly debris, which may be uncomfortable for your horses or other animals in the stalls.

Are paper or plastic bags better?

The advantage of plastic is that the bag is weatherproof. Our water-repelling plastic cannot be affected by rain or snow. Another advantage to plastic is that we “heat-seal” the bag closed, as opposed to paper bags which must be stapled: a potential danger to your horse if the staple is lost in the stall. Plastic bags are also much stronger than paper and do not easily tear. If you drop a paper bag onto the floor it could easily break. However, our durable plastic bags allow for rough handling multiple times before use. Do you need wood flake bedding for horse stalls? Give us a call today!

Champion Shavings recommends that you use plastic bags.  Our plastic bags are 100% recyclable*.

*Recycling programs vary by State/Province.  Please inquire with your local recycling center.

Why are some shavings bags heavier than others?

This has to do with the amount of sawdust in the bag, plus small pieces, as well as large pieces in addition to the thickness and size of the actual shavings pieces themselves. If one bag contains dust, it will be heavier than one with no dust. If one bag has fluffier, thinner pieces, it will be lighter than the one that has smaller, thicker pieces. Moisture content is also an important factor to note. Our team has found that a bag of shavings that are not kiln-dried can weigh up to 30% more than a bag that contains dry shavings. Don’t be fooled by a competitor telling you there are more shavings in a heavy bag. Shavings should only be measured by expanded volume. If you would like more information concerning compressed and expanded volumes of wood shavings for horse stalls, give us a call!

What is the difference between volume and weight?

Do not be confused by these two measurements when it comes to bagged shavings. Weight is the force exerted by an object when pulled by gravity. Volume is a space measurement. One can never guess the actual weight of a bag by looking at the volume, and every bag of the same volume will more than likely have a different weight. This is because fluffy shavings with no sawdust will be extremely light compared to a bag of pure sawdust. It has to do with the density of the contents. Weight can, however, be affected by moisture. To learn more about wood flake bedding for horse stalls, call our team today!

Why are some shavings bags heavier than others?

It is purely a matter of amounts of sawdust plus small pieces, as well as large pieces AND the thickness and size of the actual shavings pieces. One bag may contain more dust. It will be heavier than one which has no dust. One bag may be fluffier and have thinner pieces. It will be lighter than the one that has smaller and thicker pieces.

How do residual moisture levels in the bag affect dust levels?

It is important to note that dust, even if dust was screened at the time of bagging, is constantly produced while the bag is in storage and in transit due to the forces of friction and abrasion. So, even the best produced bag can continue to ‘self-produce’ dust. If, however, the contents are air-dried then dust levels are held to a minimum.

If green shavings (non-kiln dried) are in the bag, then, dust is automatically held in check due to the elevated moisture content.

Why are there different sized shavings bags?

The bagging machines are designed to bag one size. They bring about a compression ratio of somewhere between 2:1 to 3:1, depending on the condition and age of the machine. This means, for example, that a bag with 3.25 cubic feet compressed started with between 8 and 10 cubic feet uncompressed. Similarly, a 2.8 cubic foot bag starts with between 6.5 and 7.5 cubic feet, and so on.

Which should I always ask to get in a quality shaving?

  • equine-quality shavings only:
  • dust-extracted.
  • dry below 16% moisture.
  • plastic bagged,.
  • a blend of big through small pieces (medium)
  • light, coarse and fluffy pieces,
  • no splinters, wood chunks, or stones (debris)

What are your standard shipping procedures?

When you order shavings from us, our normal delivery time is 5-10 days from point of order. Once we load the truck and complete the necessary paperwork for freight, our reliable network of freight carriers work around the clock to get your delivery to you on time-every time.

Please remember that if you are located in the United States and we are shipping to you from one of our Canadian locations, US Customs requires either a Federal Tax ID number or a Social Security number to clear the border.