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Simple Question
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:02:54 AM »
I have tried to use the Tool Box Calculator but it I cannot find a good way to get the answer to this question. How much do green balsam fir saw logs weigh? I need to know how many bf I can load on a truck that can haul 10 tons.
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 08:11:33 AM »
If you don't get the answer from this forum , I would throw a average size log that you cut in your area and haul it to a feedmill or junk yard and get it weighed on there scale then just deduct the truck weight.
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 08:37:03 AM »
I didn't have any trouble finding a weight for a Balsam Fir log using the Forum Calculator.  To get your answer in board feet, you would need to first find the weight by log size, then convert to bf. ;)
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 08:38:45 AM »
I believe the standard conversion used here in MN is 4700 lbs per cord, same as white pine and red pine. I have been hauling balsam to a pulp mill and it is being stick scaled and from what I can guess of the weights of the truck loads, I would guess it is weighing somewhere between 4200 lbs and 4500 lbs. per cord.

If it's in logs, you do not want to go by wt per bd ft.
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 10:31:22 AM »
Balsam can vary a lot, I would go with around 4700 like Gary said, to be safe. It all depends on how wet the wood is, and that varies from job to job.
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 04:23:13 PM »
Around 8500 pounds per thousand board feet. It does vary quite a bit. If you speak French, you could get some good info from the scaler at Lauzon's. 

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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2011, 07:33:24 PM »
For rough figuring on balsam saw logs I use 500 BF per cord and 2 ton plus per cord which gives a little over 8000 lb MBF like Rick said

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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2011, 07:43:11 PM »
in maine most pulp mills used 4100 to the cd so 8200. the fir will almost always weight more than spruce. so the fir may weight a bit more depending on where it grew

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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011, 01:03:22 AM »
If you watch trucks around here, you will notice they are stacked about 2' higher when hauling spruce. Our spruce is a good bit lighter than balsam (green)
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Re: Simple Question
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011, 07:47:46 PM »
Average weight of Balsam fir logs 12 to 24 inches in diameter per 1000 feet on basis of Doyle Log Scale rule is:

7,900 lbs. green
4,400 lbs. dry
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