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pulpwood prices?

Discussion in 'Forestry Operations' started by Monte1255, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Monte1255

    Monte1255 Senior Member

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    Had an offer by a gentlman today for pulpwood. Just curious what others are recieving for the same.

    Man said he'd come and pick up the wood and pay as much as $30/thousand bd ft. for boxelder and $50/thousand for other types of softwood such as poplar and similar woods.

    It's not a big deal for me actually, as I get paid by the hr. but was thinking "hey if he's willing to come and get it .........gravy!"

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. JTL

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    I'd say go for it! Especially if he's gonna haul it away.
    I did some figureing. Out here pulp is bought by the ton, and right now it's going for about $25 a ton. A good load of short logs is going to weigh about 26 tons, and around 3200 bd ft.
    At the ton price its $650 a load. By the thousand it would be $960 for the boxelder and $1600 for the other stuff.
    I don't think your gonna lose!
     
  3. Autocar

    Autocar Senior Member

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    I would only get X amount bd.ft.to him then see how soon he pays you, alot of good it is if you get burnt
     
  4. EGS

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    Around here they buy it by the ton. Right now they are paying between $30 and $55.
     
  5. Monte1255

    Monte1255 Senior Member

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    By my calculations an above average log can yield about 100 bd feet or so, with that said it will take 10 to 12 logs make up a 1,000 bd/ft. with the rest being sold for cheap firewood or burned through my own furnace.
    In gestimating I would say that 10 to 12 logs will be somewhat close to that ton price as well.
    Most of the guys that I deal with do not want the "trash wood" and feel it is more of a detriment to their tractors and equipment than anything and so they "just want it out of here".
    For me the piles of logs and trash are a liablity and reflect poorly on my abilities when I am told to "just pile it and we'll burn it later". So I kind of figured if they want it gone I can certainly make it dissappear, but if I'm going to do the bucking, I'd like to see a fair price.
     
  6. DelawareLou

    DelawareLou New Member

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    Can someone tell me what is the price for pulpwood if the mill harvests the logs on its own? is the $25 to $30 per ton price for pulpwood require you to deliver cut wood to the mill? I have an offer from a mill for much less than $25 per ton but they will cut it down on our land and haul it away.
     
  7. mitch504

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    the $25-30/ton is cut up and delivered to the mill, and most mills won't buy unless you have a contract to deliver a lot, and several kinds of high-dollar insurance,too. the on-the-stump price around here is about 5-8, maybe 10 for big wood near the mill.
     
  8. forester

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    selling wood only (aspen) is about $3-3.50 locally. Birch..if you can find a buyer in the city goes for closer to conifer rates. Conifer goes for a premium due to the number of sawmills around at around $9/ton.

    Stump to dump operations are getting $49-55/ton prices but that includes harvesting and hauling...rates increase to the $55 mark in exchange for up to a 2.5 hour haul one way.