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Last edited at 1:40PM on 3/23/2013
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.
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.
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.
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).