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Firewood or lumber?? (by Richard [MI]) Jun 23, 2022 7:49 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by DJ [VA]) Jun 23, 2022 8:27 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Ken [NY]) Jun 23, 2022 8:30 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Jun 23, 2022 9:27 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by MikeA [TX]) Jun 23, 2022 9:40 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Nicole [PA]) Jun 23, 2022 9:41 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Scott [IN]) Jun 23, 2022 11:41 AM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Ken [NY]) Jun 23, 2022 2:24 PM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Hoosier [IN]) Jun 23, 2022 8:30 PM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 23, 2022 9:29 PM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by 6x6 [TN]) Jun 24, 2022 8:45 PM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by mike [CA]) Jun 27, 2022 12:18 PM
       Firewood or lumber?? (by Nicole [PA]) Jun 27, 2022 1:10 PM

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Firewood or lumber?? (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 7:49 AM
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On a couple of my places several trees have been killed by oak wilt and pine beetles over the last 2 years and I've taken about half of them down Yesterday I spoke with a tree company about removing the rest ($$$$) and was told that the trees that have been dead for a couple years were worthless to take the trunks and try to make lumber from them because they were "in too bad condition" , rotted, etc. Now there are several sawmills around here and other people have the portable sawmills. I've seen piles of logs at the mills that I'm pretty sure are dead as well as sitting there for some time, so I am thinking this company just said that so they could take the trunks for firewood sales in addition to charging me to cut them down.

My question is does anyone have experience with making lumber/beams out of tree trunks that have been dead for a couple years or do you think this guy was just saying that to get extra firewood to sell for himself? I've got 10-30+ big trunks from 12 up to 30 inches in diameter and over 10 feet long each that could be made into lumber . Seems a shame to just make firewood when they could be beams, mantelpieces or lumber. --24.180.xx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 8:27 AM
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No, I do not have experience/knowledge - so I would ask a sawmill owner. --68.229.xxx.xxx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 8:30 AM
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The problem with yard trees is they have metal in them or at least way too likely to have lead in them that sawmills dont want the risk.A guy with a portable sawmill may want them if you found the right guy but not likely. To save money if you want have a tree company put them on the ground then put them on facebook and craigslist as free and someone will come along and cut them up for firewood,when i have trees cut my guy loads them and hauls them to my firewood pile and dumps them and that is cheaper than if he hauls them away.I burn firewood and have been slow this spring with finding houses and have picked up quite a bit of firewood from facebook --74.77.xx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 9:27 AM
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does your county have a forester you can ask, or is there an extension service? you may need to confirm that your area is not part of a quarantine zone if they are trying to prevent the spread of vectors. --172.58.xxx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 9:40 AM
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Most of the guys I've talked with won't take dead trees, they want to cut green wood without bug tunnels, not dry they also won't take trees from a yard as Ken mentioned. One small piece of metal will destroy a very expensive saw blade. The one's you see laying at the sawmills have had the end grain sealed so they remain green.

You might be able to find a small time guy with a portable sawmill that will come take them down and turn into lumber for free but most will leave you with the limb pile to deal with if you can find one. --209.205.xxx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 9:41 AM
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Trees need to be in "perfect" condition to create lumber. When Ken states they may have metal in them, once they cut them down they look at the wood - I forget what color but it indicates a long ago bullet may be in there - perhaps hundreds of years old that has "ruined" the tree. My son-in-law found a bullet they figured was from the early 1800s in a tree he cut up on my property.

If they've been dead for several years, they are probably deteriorating and you don't realize it yet but the insides may not be good enough to get enough lumber. a 12" tree is basically useless as lumber.

It's a shame that good oak is gone. --98.237.xxx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 11:41 AM
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A tree starts to dry out when it dies. Wood dried in log form can make poor lumber because with drying comes shrinking, stressing, and cracking. Also, green wood just saws a lot easier than dry wood --107.141.xx.xxx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 2:24 PM
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Nicole,I have blue streaks in trees where there was metal,usually when i am cutting along what was a fence line along my parents woods and it was all barb wire,i have never found anything interesting like a bullet --74.77.xx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 8:30 PM
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I cannot answer your question specifically, but I am a hobbyist woodworker and I can say that wood will move quite a bit as it dries. So most people that want quality wood such as wood workers will not buy wood unless it is kiln dried to a specific moisture content. The process of kiln drying may be more costly than you might anticipate….so consider that also. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 9:29 PM
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Locally they are looking for hemlock tree for planks --24.101.xxx.xxx




Firewood or lumber?? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2022 8:45 PM
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I have some black walnut that I have had cut into lumber. The trees were alive though when removed. I had them cut down because they were over buildings.

I am a horse of a different color. I don't think people realize how useful some things can be. Since they have been dead, they may not be great fur furniture or lumber in the since that everyone thinks, but they may be fine for using as log post or even building a storage shed. Why not choose one that you can cut down, then cut it in half and see if you have any holes or bugs, like carpenter ants. If you do, then firewood is probably it, otherwise I think they could be useful for other things. Depends on whether you like rustic things or not. Some people want things with not imperfections and some like to see the knots and imperfections. I personally love the rustic look. People are paying a lot of money for the look of old barn wood as a foe wall. The last 2 houses I have bought have them on every wall and is the original structure of the home. Sometimes I see things differently than most. --73.120.xx.xxx




Firewood or lumber?? (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2022 12:18 PM
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unless you have lots of trees the local sawyers have no interest but the firewood may be worth it so have the guys that fell them cut to firelog size and find someone with a splitter. --75.80.xx.xx




Firewood or lumber?? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2022 1:10 PM
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Ken, I forget where he took the bullet and I forget what the place told him but I know it was pre-civil war ... I actually think a lot of "pre". --98.237.xxx.xx



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