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Question DetailsAsked on 7/19/2013

What to do with the wood of large trees that are cut down? Is it better to sell the wood, or just have the tree cutters haul the wood away?

Taking down 2 60-70 ft fur trees and want to know what to do with the wood after. Thanks!

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Apparently you don't use your fireplace or a wood stove or like using an outdoor firepit.

The risk of selling or giving it away is if someone gets hurt on your property loading it or cutting it. If you do advertise its availability, I would make it available in 8' lengths (so easily cut to cord length) and prohibit any sawing on your property by the people picking it up.

Talk to your contractors giving you bids - see if they are giving you any credit for the firewood or mill quality wood - the raw log value may be included in the bid, or they may all make it clear it has no commercial value.

For the 2 trees you are probably talking 4-8 cords of wood - worth maybe $25 a cord at most as logs, so personally if you do not want the wood or have a neighbor you trust to safely help you cut it up and take it away for firewood, I would tell the tree removal contractor to get rid of it whatever way they want. Another possibility is asking the local boy scout council or church group or any other group that has a camp if they want to cemo and take it away - but beware again of the personal liability risk.

The other possibility is if you have a slope erosion problem on your property or want a wood border somewhere, you can lay out logs 8-20' long (using a pole and comealong to move them around) as slightly dug in borders, or cut to lengths that fit and make an erosion revetment of it that might last 20 years or so. If you leave it exposed in stacked form without completely burying its face, bear in mind the voids between logs will attract hornets and bees as a nesting site, and possibly snakes, badgers, foxes, skunks or such.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Depending on the area of the country you're in, fir maybes a desirable firewood. I would highly doubt that the value per cord was $25 it would be more likely to be $200 Give or take. If you have a mill in the area, you may want to check to find out what the value is in the logs. Most mills will buy logs in specific lengths, the longer the length of the logs the more the taper. It is a common practice of a mill to measure the small end of the log and scale the log based upon that measurement. In most cases, a tree is worth more money to the landowner if is cut to the shorter lengths. In most locales you can request a forester to visit your property and asses the value of the trees you want to remove. They will know if there are local mills and if there is a market for your logs. You can contact the foerster by visiting your county extention office.

If you end up selling the logs to a mill, get a contract in writing that guarantees the price and specifications. Lumber is a constantly changing commodity and the value could fluctuate considerably.

Good luck with your trees.

Answered 7 years ago by outonalimbts


Clarification - the roughly $25/cord number I gave was AS FULL LENGTH LOGS - which would have to be cut and hauled by a contractor to yield perhaps $150-400/cord as firewood, depending on where you are in the country.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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