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Burn it or sell it ?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Brian VT, Dec 7, 2008.

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  1. Brian VT

    Brian VT Minister of Fire

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    I was eyeing a large, straight cherry tree on my property thinking about firewood and the guy with me thought it was worth more $ to a saw mill.
    He said they don't get much bigger before dying so it should probably be cut down either way. I have more, though not quite as big.
    In general, is this worth persuing or should I just chop it up ? I'm thinking no lumber guy is interested in coming for just maybe 6-8 trees.

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  2. JSJAC

    JSJAC New Member

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    Most loggers will not come for less than a full truckload of logs. The price of wood being sold to the mill is in the tank around here now. I would just enjoy the cherry wood smoke.
  3. oilstinks

    oilstinks Feeling the Heat

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    check around chery brings good around here. most mills just get a log here and there and put it back till they get a good amoun t to saw. ask the mills or loggers im sure you will gt an answer.
  4. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Just burn it.
  5. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    All good advice. Cherry lumber market is in the crapper now. Burn it or let it grow.
  6. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Asking around is free.
  7. InTheRockies

    InTheRockies New Member

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    This may sound like blasphemy, but if the tree isn't dead keep it as it is. Healthy fruit trees are a blessing. I have apple and cherry trees and wouldn't think of cutting them down for firewood unless they're actually dead. If your acquaintance is just speculating that the tree "will eventually die because of its size" he's nuts. Large cherry trees can live for years. If the tree is healthy keep it that way--prune, feed and water it. You can freeze cherries and enjoy them all year.
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I buy Black Ash logs for firewood and some of them are so thick and solid that I feel guilty bucking them up for firewood. They would make beautiful lumber. I would have liked to get my hands on some 16 foot Black Ash kiln dried tongue and groove for flooring when I built my house. Hardwoods were out of my price range so I settled on Pine, 16 feet long, random widths.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    I am pretty sure he is talking about a large Wild Cherry tree here. No one I know harvests the fruit, don't think it's possible. I agree though, why cut it up if it's healthy? There are plenty of dead trees out there!
  10. Brian VT

    Brian VT Minister of Fire

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    I think it is pretty healthy. I didn't notice any sign of disease or insects. I guess I'll let it be. I'm not that hard up for wood.
    I'm just trying to get my pile started for next year so I don't have to pay for CSD again. Thanks for the replies.
  11. Superlite

    Superlite New Member

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    Most old cherry are full of ants. This is my experience anyway. I have a CSM and almost every cherry I have sawn has ants throughout almost the whole thing. You can drill some holes to see if there are ants. Go over to www.arboristsite.com to the milling board and see if anyone in your area has a portable or CSM. I do this type of thing all of the time for a couple of bookmatched slabs. Cherry smells nice when you burn it. Best of luck.
    Regards
  12. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I'm removing all the wild cherry on my property (and anywhere else I can get away with it) because it harbors a black fungus that infects the plum trees I've planted. (I've lost all my old plum trees ).

    I've given some bigger rounds and pieces to local artists for carving. One guy wanted the real gnarly crotches. Freebie, Not a big market . :) I'd rather burn it.



    They're also a favorite host of gypsy moths, here.
  13. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    had one done for a friend this summer hes making cabinet's out of it got about 220 board ft cost him 175.00 to have it dried and milled hes happy with it! most the cherry i get is burned in the smoker or furance
  14. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I have been very surprised at the nails etc that I find in trees on my property. If the former owners had boys- then count on it. LOL
  15. Brian VT

    Brian VT Minister of Fire

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    LOL. A local guy in his 70s mills wood as a hobby. He tore up his bandsaw blade on some maple.
    He just laughed because he says he now remembers him and his brother pounding those 20d nails into that tree when they were kids.
  16. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Medal detector is all it takes to find them!(found a beer can in a spilt last month)
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    I agree about black/wild cherry and ants, had several that they just spilled out of while being split. I dont wear my keans that have a hole just below the front pockets for this very reason, as I once got a little "surprise"!
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