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Offline BigBurOak

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Black locust fence posts
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:45:40 pm »
Hello all,
I am getting ready to cut a heck of a lot of clear, straight, tall forest grown black locust ranging from 4"-12" in diameter and am wondering the best price to ask for a 8' fence post. I will be debarking and charring 3' of the ends. also are there any better things to use this wood for?

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 01:19:07 pm »
Top use for me is as a timber, if I can get a nice 6x6x8' or more out of it, it is a construction timber, next is fencepost, next is landscape timber, then firewood.
USFPL did some testing on charring, best I can remember they said it didn't do anything.

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 05:31:29 pm »
Thanks Don P,
also I forgot to mention that I am still undecided on whether to leave them round or to square them w/ my Broadaxe. I do not own a sawmill but would consider hauling them to someone who has.

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 09:14:44 pm »
It makes a great alternative to pressure treated lumber for outdoor construction projects. we used it for the corner posts and railings on a shade pavilion near our pond. Makes stron, rot resistant decking as well.
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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 05:33:04 am »
What is the going rate for black locust timber in your area?

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Re: Black locust fence posts
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 09:05:18 am »
about 1.50 a foot is what I heard, Blue Noser.