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I'm cutting down my cedar trees and selling them, how do I find the board ft in a 8 ft section?

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That standard formula for calculating Bd.ft. is not for live tree board ft. estimates because in the sawing process there will be shrinkage due to waste that is unusable as dimensional lumber and therefore has no value to the buyer. To get a realistic value for that 8' trunk you can figure that it will only produce approximately 4 full length 2"x4"x8' if that many. Those studs currently run around $2.60 to $3.60 each depending on the grade and species. That includes felling the tree, transporting to the mill, cutting to dimension, and curing. Do you see where the economics of it is leading? It's cheaper to burn it as firewood to stay warm than it is to work up a sweat sawing it into dimensional lumber and trying to make $12.00 that you have to pay your fuel expenses out of. If you can make money at that rate after buying all of the tools and fuel and equipment then go for it. Hardwood is a different story but only marginally better. It's not a part time job.

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If you have acres of trees it would be better to have a logger come in and give you a price for what ever you want to sell. The more work you require the loggers to do with the scraps other than piling will reduce the price per board ft. However, before you call him to estimate be sure you learn how to estimate board ft. in live trees first then do your own survey. You can use different colored plastic ribbons tied around trees of similar sizes(diameter and height) so you have a very good idea of what is out there. Good luck!
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To find the board ft in an 8 ft section, you will have to use (length x width x thickness)/144 as the formula. The measurements of hardwoods and softwoods do not differ with regards to the type of trees. Go to http://woodworking.about.com/od/gettingstarted/qt/CalculateBoardFeet.htm for more details.

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So an 8 ft pc 12 in wide on the small end would be about 90 bdft?
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Cedar goes for 155.00 per cord, sell it as firewood if your in that type of area. Have you looked into this? I'm thinking you don't just show up at a milk with trees and they buy them. I don't know just trying to help.

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Ya ive talked to a few mills and ive found the buy it for abround $.70 a board ft. ive got a lot of ceaders on my property and there just a fire hazard. I live in oklahoma and ceaders are kind of like a pest so no one wants it for fire wood.
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The only thing I know about cedar trees is the stump and root are valuable. They call it"fat lighter" in the south . People use it to start fires in the fireplace because it's very flammable. Count that in your price.

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Ya thats what I do with all my shavings. thats about the only good thing about ceaders.
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I know I feel your pain. I have a huge about to uprooted the house.:(
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Call a lumber yard.

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To figure out board footage, you multiply:
length in inches X
width in inches X
thickness in inches,
then divide by 144 (inches) to get board feet.
If you want to compare that to firewood, a cord of wood can yield 950 board feet. At $.70 per board foot that the mill is offering you that would be ($665.00 per cord) you would quickly figure out that cedar does not make good firewood.
Clear quarter sawn red cedar can fetch $8.00 per board foot on the market, (that's $7,600 per cord).

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