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New here looking for advice
« on: August 20, 2013, 04:39:21 PM »
Hi all,

     My name is Andrew and I am like most people on here looking for advice in how to start up in this industry.  I live in Arizona and am looking for get a portable mill and kiln.  I know most of  you are thinking....aren't there only palm trees and sand in Arizona?  well to be honest yes in my area there is.  But n the north and south of Arizona there is Pine and Ironwood. 

     I would just like to hear thoughts from you guys about what you think about trying this around Phoenix.  There are a few larger mills that specialize in Pine here.  If you live in the area even better since you would know the market.  I am mostly looking to saw, dry, and maybe mold or finish it for the furniture quality lumber.

     Sorry for a short and choppy start to this.  I am sure you will have questions to ask and I will be happy to answer all I know.

Thanks,

Andrew
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 04:45:43 PM »
Howdy, and I hope you find some good info Andrew, if there is pine the mills will come,  some good info is surely soon to come,  david
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 05:04:20 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum.
A good place to hang out and for us to hear about your venture into milling. The ponderosa pine to the north should make great sawing, if you can get some logs down to your area. Others will chime in and know the availability of logs on the market.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 05:08:59 PM »
Hey Andrew,
Welcome to the forum. I am new to the forum as well. The folks on here are extremely nice and eager to help.
I am new to the world of sawmilling, otherwise I would be glad to help!
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 05:24:41 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  I look forward to some of the responses here.

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 06:43:00 PM »
Thanks guy already reading old posts and learning a lot.  Hope to find people with knowledge of the Arizona market.
Andrew From Arizona

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 06:55:51 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Andrew!

Lots of good info in all that reading!  :P
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 08:53:51 PM »
Welcome to the Forum.  With the low humidity in the South West, I wonder if you could get by with air drying your lumber.   Looking forward to your posts.

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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 09:06:26 PM »
Welcome to the FF  8) Im sure mesquite buckeye  might have some advice on Arizona Lumber JMO enjoy your endeavor  :)
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 09:18:47 PM »
amgont75,welcome to the forum.AZ? Any wood workers around Phoenix? Might be able to sell them wood for projects?
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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 09:26:14 PM »
There are many woodworkers around in the area.  I would have to get set up and have the wood ready to sell which wouldn't be too hard.  A lot of cabinet makers, home builders, furniture makers, even hobbyists.  I just have to get my name out there and my services.  Also need to know what wood they use and see if I can get the logs at a competitive rate to have a chance with the supply houses.  Nice thing is a few of the supply houses list their prices that I can see. So I know roughly what the going rate is at retail end.  But I am so green in this field and want to learn.  I also want this to be a full time business and not a hobby.  So any feedback would be great.

Thanks again all,

Andrew
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 09:40:44 PM »
WDH is the man when it come to selling to wood workers. He will be along sometime.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2013, 10:06:39 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, amgont75.   :)
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2013, 10:58:38 PM »
Glad to have you here.   8)
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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2013, 11:34:59 PM »
Oh, there you are. ;D

Welcome to the forum. I mostly mill mesquite in AZ. If you live in Phoenix, you should get in contact with the tree service guys. They are always removing trees and have to pay to dump them. Instant logs for free. You might have to convince them not to cut them all up into 2 ft lengths. You should be able to get aleppo pines, eucalyptus, mesquite, acacia, african sumac, sycamore and who know what else in your area if you are willing to be brave. Be aware that it may be easier to produce lumber than to sell it. Just sayin'. I cut up some red gum eucalyptus about 20 years ago thinking I would get rich on it. The stuff is absolutely gorgeous, extremely challenging to dry, and twists, curls and collapses when drying. Good luck getting woodworkers to try it. Once they do, though, they will be back. I am building the floor in my house with it, since I have sold maybe 1% of what I made. I think I will be using it all up myself. Too bad for those other guys.

Outside of urban wood, getting access to stands of timber worth cutting except on private land has a high PITA factor. I hope this is of some help.
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2013, 11:37:38 PM »
And if you are just a little patient, you don't need a kiln in AZ. The wood will dry to 5-7% with just air.
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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2013, 12:03:03 AM »
Is that using no kiln at all or a solar kiln?  I would love to hair dry lumber to save on money but during the summer wouldn't the lumber dry too fast for the wood?
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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2013, 12:13:34 AM »
You can control drying rates with tarps, cloth, whatever. You can even wet the pile if it really starts to get away from you. It is only a problem in the hottest, driest months of the year and with certain, collapse and check prone species.
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2013, 12:21:38 AM »
Is that using no kiln at all or a solar kiln?  I would love to hair dry lumber to save on money but during the summer wouldn't the lumber dry too fast for the wood?

Im not in AZ but do know wood is going to equilibrium with its surroundings but the wood mb suggested is very dry even when alive so different sparks for different fart's err different area's requirements for different types of wood due to the area it is in I see this all the time on this forum and very seldom chime in due to the fact that This is a great place but also take's a bit of common sense too! That being said not a lot of difference between Spalted and Rot to me but don't reckon there is much spalting occurring in AZ LOL but it is beautiful to see what nature has left for us to display with pride!
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2013, 12:25:46 AM »
We get spalted mesquite logs, but nobody wants to pay for them. :(
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