Re: Hog Fuel

Jim Sabol

The hogger is that part of the mill’s jackslip (the approach from the log pond to the saw carriage in the mill interior) which shoots water at great force onto the entering log in order to dislodge rocks, spikes, and other debris caught in the bark that  wpuld be harmful to the sawblades.  The bark thus dislodged is therefore, “hogged” and, in some mills, provides fuel for the boilers.  The more finely chopped bark is also used by landscapers and ranchers to improve  footing in muddy areas. Most speakers drop the “ed” resulting in the half-term, hog fuel, just as some persons hear “duck” tape for duct tape.  Neither hog fuel nor hogged fuel has anything to do with feeding pigs.

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