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Author Topic: What Value $$ or Use from Opening Cut(s) of Log} Barked Wood Cuts.. Fire Wood ?  (Read 2496 times)

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Opening question, what value can be made from scagg wood from opening cuts of logs. Does it have any value (hardwood) for lower end $$ firewood ? I hate to see anything go to waste if some value can be rendered.

The saw dust should not be a big issue. Perhaps I could sell it for cow beding, also, I will not have that much sawdust for small operation to worry about.

Let me know your uses for this scagg wood.

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I burn slabwood for firewood.  but I've found that the flat faces will mold when stacked against each other.
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You can make slap benches/tables etc out of some of the thicker ones.I like rustic  furniture. :)
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"Scagg wood" is a new term to me.  If you are talking of the first cuts from the outside of the log, those that have round surfaces, They are slabs to me.  They are also, technically speaking, flitches.   A flitch is a piece sawed off of a log that has at least one flat side, but it is usually a term reserved for board that need trimming.  So a slab is flitch, but a flitch isn't necessarily a slab.  :)

Slabs are used to make rustic furniture, if sawed thick enough.  They are also used for mantel pieces, shelving, treads for stairs, handrails, and trim.  To use one for trim,you lay it, sawed side down, on a tablesaw and cut 1" boards from it.  It produces "live edge" trim, usually from red cedar.

Slabs are also used for fuel.  They are sold by the truckload for woodstove fuel , fireplace fuel and also campsite wood.

Slabs and sawdust can be composted for dirt enhancement.

Thick slabs can be used for garden liners and just turned into the garden as they rot.

Some woods, like hickory, make good cooking wood and the slabs can be sold as such. You can make little sticks, or chip them and bag the chips.

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Most of our slabs go into firewood. I have a cousin who will sometimes pick through the pile and find pieces to build wishing wells and other lawn ornaments with. The real big sawmills chip them for pulp mills.
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Slab wood is not worth much around here. One guy I know bundles them up and sell the slabs for $30 it probably is about a cord of wood. A lot of guys use them in outdoor wood burners, some just pile them up and burn 'em. 
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I have a very small operation as well, and I either burn all of the slabs I produce, or sell them as firewood.  If they're really thick slabs (from really irregular logs), I sell it as regular firewood.  The normal, thinner stuff I sell a little cheaper.  When I first started I couldn't give the stuff away unless I delivered it  ::)  As soon as I put a price on it I never had enough.

I like to keep the edgings for myself.  Let 'em dry, then bundle them up with ratchet straps and buck them to length.  Saves a lot of splitting for the wood stove  ;)

As mentioned, be careful how you stack them...get those flat faces together than they'll just mold and never really dry.

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I use to buy the slab wood for my and a good friend's wood stove.  $40 for a huge bundle delivered, was about a cord of oak n hickory and a great value.   ;)
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I'm wondering if maybe he meant scragg?  Around here hardwood scragg is about the same grade log as firewood, but is sent to the mill, often sold by the ton, to be run through a scragg mill which is hard for me to describe, but basically takes firewood logs and makes lumber that's only suitable for pallets or crating.  As far as I know, with sawlog prices being what they are, scragg is worth about nothing, so the best use commercially of scragg logs would be to sell for firewood.

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You are correct, a local pallet mill has scragg left overs from their operation. They shoot them into in a dump truck & sale them to the locals for fire wood.

Thank's everyone for your input(s) and muti use of barked wood from opening cut of logs i.e.  slab wood (scragg) for fire wood and rustic furniture items, boards with bark face, etc. .

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