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Offline liveoak70

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Selling green lumber
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:45:40 am »
Just wondering if anyone has experience in selling the lumber that you mill. What are the potential markets?? Do you sell to larger mills, are there brokers out there that will buy from you??? I just bought some acreage with nice timber on it and want to get the maximum dollar out of the product. Would greatly appreciate any advice or leads....thanks. I'm in NE TX

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Re: Selling green lumber
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 08:58:34 am »
Need to start with what type of timber you've got on the property.  Pine, hardwood, cedar, sweetgum  etc.   I know some flooring mills in south Arkansas will buy green hardwood, but it has to be graded correctly, and they only buy certain grades.   There used to be a tie treatment plant in Corsicana that would buy your cants, but again, it was only certain sizes and species.  I'm sure members with more experience will be able to help you better.

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Re: Selling green lumber
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 09:12:37 am »

  I sell a lot of WO for trailer decking, never cut it until it's sold.  Steve
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Re: Selling green lumber
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 10:33:45 am »
Should have stated that there is pine , red oak , and misc. hwd logs on property. Mostly good slick pine logs. Thanks!!

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Re: Selling green lumber
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 11:46:31 am »
A lot depends on the amount of timber you have available, and whether you are in it for the long haul, or just want to make some money off a limited amount of timber.  The more you can process the wood, the more money it will bring you.  If you can supply kiln dry lumber, you can charge about double the price of lumber straight off the mill.  Even air drying will help increase the value.

It depends somewhat, too, on the size of the trees and the support equipment you have. For example, you can do pretty well with ties IF you have the right equipment, including a hydraulic mill and a loader that can pick up bundles of 10 (20 is much better).  Check with Koppers for specs.  They buy tie lumber for their treating plant.  Also check for any flooring mills and cabinet shops in your area.

If there isn't too much competition in your area, trailer decking, barn siding, and fencing can be a pretty good deal, especially for starting out.  Set the nice stuff (like quartersawn oak) aside for the woodworkers who will pay a premium for it.  I've never worked with a broker, but assume they like to work with larger quantities of wood than I produce.

There is no sure-fire way to make money with a mill, but it can be done.  The small mills that do turn a profit do so by hard work, good customer service, and careful money management.  A manual sawmill can be good to start out part-time, and a lot of people run them full time, but hydraulics more then pay for themselves in production operations.
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