The trick is to figure out a number of different things that you can turn it into. Dowels are very useful in woodworking joints. They are small and can be created from scrap. But how is this done? If you are fortunate you can do it on a lathe, but many that love woodworking don’t have one.
I found a video from Izzy Swan that will help you with this. It is one more method that you can use in order to prevent wasting scrap in a fireplace or at the landfill.