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Offline Brucer

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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2009, 03:09:57 AM »
My first year sawing full time we piled them loose and tried giving them away. No luck.

The next year we started bundling them -- 8' long bundles, 1/2 cord each, slabs and edgings mixed, 2 straps per bundle. We'd roll them off the forklift into the back of a pickup, or the customer could pop the bundle open and load them by hand. Cost was $25 per bundle.

We only sold about half the year's production the first year we did it. After that we sold a year's production each year, so we always had at least half a year's supply of bundles on the ground. That was OK 'cause the customers were getting air-dried slabs instead of green wood.

Last year I sold everything we had. People were coming by and digging green bundles out of the snow.

Typical conversation:
  Whiny Customer: How much for a bundle?
  Me: $25.
  WC: There's a heckofa lot of small stuff in those bundles.
  Me: Yep.
  WC: Awful lot of park in there, too.
  Me: Yep.
  WC: How much if I take 10 bundles off your hands.
  Me: $250.
  WC: No discount for volume?
  Me: Nope, you already used up your discount trying to bargain with me (OK, I didn't really say that -- but I was thinking it  ;D)
  WC: Maybe I'll check out that firewood guy up the road. He seems to have bigger stuff.
  Me: OK, see you tomorrow. (And I usually did.)

Basically, we tried to cover our handling costs, just so's we could move the stuff out of the yard.
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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2009, 09:28:03 PM »
When I had my mill out at the log yard I was happy to see trailers lined up to dump slab wood on. @ $50.00 a trailer load it was some extra chump change... I piled slabs up as high as I could get them on trailers for $50.00. No trailers meant I had to dump slabs on the log yard slab trailer, a huge old converted military looking thing on wheels that was hauled out with a big tractor to the boiler.

Odd but we worked the log yard slab trailer during the warm months and when it got cold customer trailers would start lining up. I always thought this was a little backwards... The boiler got the dry wood from the summer months and customers got the green wood in the  winter months. I always though would burned better seasoned than green:D Guess not many people think about heating much in the summer hu?

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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2009, 06:29:36 PM »
I forgot I had posted this thread ::) Must be going through some senior moments.

Anyways, thanks for the responses. I think I'll try puttin an ad in the paper and sell them loose then next year try bundling them. I hadnt planned on selling slabwood because we added a woodstove to the house but it doesnt even begin to make a dent in the piles since I mostly burn KD cut offs and ripping waste. I didnt get an outdoor wood boiler because the initial investment is just too stiff. I'd rather spend my money on new planers and SLR saws. Plus the distance from my shop and kilns to the house would make it necessary to have one to heat the house and one for the shop.

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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2009, 07:35:00 AM »
N. Central Tn $21. ton. all weight wood.
It's up right now because mills are closed so the slab mkt. is dried up.
A charcoal mill is the only one buying.
Saw logs are being sold for $21. ton.
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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2009, 08:07:07 AM »
With the price of fuel somewhat lower than it's been, cord wood should have come down a bit but I dont see that here (NH). Most of what I have milled lately has been soft wood (white pine) so its not saleable anyway but I dont see why hardwood shouldn't sell for the same price as cord wood, wich in these parts are around 200 a cord cut and split. 100 a cord in log form. In a fairly nice pile I just would run a chainsaw through the pile (carfully)  at or about stove length and voalla, cut and split cord wood 200.$ thank you. I think many of you who stated marketing is the key, Sell too low and people wont buy, they think its worthless, charge more and you'll sell like hotcakes. :D

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Re: Price for bulk slabwood?
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2009, 02:36:12 AM »
I think I'll try puttin an ad in the paper and sell them loose then next year try bundling them.

The first year we started selling them, the marketing guy ran the ad for 3 weeks in the local weekly paper. I suggested that perhaps 2 months would be more appropriate. Folks notice the ad, but then forget to follow up. When they finally think about it, it's not running anymore.

Wasn't until this past year that they ran the ad for an appreciable length of time. What a difference that made -- cleaned us right out.
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