what to do with cut-down cedar trees

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  1. caretakermike

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    I have about 5 acres of cut-down cedar trees that I've been thinking of just burning to get rid of them. We're clearing the acreage for a home and road, and needed to cut down all this cedar. If you had all this cedar, what would you do with it? Seems too bad to just burn it all in open fire pits on my acreage when there might be other productive things to do with all this cedar. Thanks for any ideas or advice, Mike
     
  2. Qwispea

    Qwispea Well-Known Member

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    Put an ad in the newspaper offering it 'free' to anyone who would pay for the ad. That way ..you benefit someone who has a use for it ..and it doesn't cost you anything for the ad.
     

  3. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    some folks will say use it for fence posts or grape arbors and such. i have never tried it.

    the lumber mill down the road from me makes their own mulch. they have a stack of cedar waiting to be ground for the owners home. maybe you could sell it to a mill to be ground into mulch. maybe you could use cedar mulch and pay to have it ground.
     
  4. BeckyW

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    Ditto the ad in the newspaper/thrifty nickle type paper. Years ago a Missouri friend who was a cabinetmaker used to buy/cut cedar trees to make/line cabinets with. He had his own antique mill.

    I'm sure you'll find someone like that. Contact a cabinet shop and talk to the owner/manager. I bet they'll steer you the right direction. You might also call a lumber yard and see who they recommend talking to. 5 acres may be quite a bit of cash you're considering torching!

    Check with Habitat for Humanity. They've always got a contact!
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  5. DaleK

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    Depends how big it is. If it's over about 5" diameter it makes good fence posts. You can also use it for lumber.
     
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    Yikes...don't just burn it. Check with the sawmills in your area. Around my parts there are several that buy cedar logs and turn them into shavings for all sorts of purposes.
     
  7. BellsBunnies

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    I would see If I could find someone with a portable saw mill and what they charge to saw the trees If they are big enough and you would have some Instant wood for the house you are building.
     
  8. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Sawmills will take them if their big enough.Otherwise they can be used for Shavings.

    17 years ago I was selling Cedar for Shavings,$40 a Cord.

    big rockpile
     
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    ceder chests? a lot of wood boxes are made of them and pictures painted on them youve seen them in gift shops.
     
  10. dirtywhitellama

    dirtywhitellama I don't have llamas.

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    Cedar's nice wood, I'm sure someone would want it!
     
  11. Bella Star

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    My milk goats would love it !!!!! I have cedar and I hate it but thru the winter we cut branches for the goats to eat and then cut the tree. The tree trunks make excellent post for fencing and cross bracing. I have seen rustic house post made out of the trunks also and even leaving some of the knots to hang stuff on. I think a fence to go across the front would look nice and rustic using the cedar as ants and other bugs dont mess with it and if I had a LOT of cedar.... I would call around to loggers and see if I could sell the timber for.
    You could cut rounds and use for stepping blocks with pebble rock between the rounds and make a patio size spot for grilling area, rustic homemade furniture cut trunks for edging flower beds, birdhouses and heck call a feed store or place a add and see if somebody would like the lumber for them cutting the tree down.
    I place chips in my dresser as I like the smell. :)
     
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  12. Hoop

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    If I had 5 acres of cedar, I'd cut them in 8' lengths and sell them. This is going to take a lot of work, but then, cedar is very light.
    Who will buy cedar?

    It seems like everybody and their brother is now engaged in the log furniture building business. Cedar is the most highly sought after wood for log furniture construction. There is a huge demand for cedar logs, from 1 1/2" in diameter and up. Waste/burn/give away nothing. You may either contact log furniture builders in your area and sell it lump sum or sell it by the piece.

    The cedar logs will have to have the bark peeled prior to it being sold. Try to peel the logs the same day they are cut. It will be far easier.

    DO NOT, repeat DO NOT delude yourself into thinking that you can profit by using your own cedar logs to build & sell log furniture. The log furniture market is SATURATED. There are far too many people selling it. A friend of mine who is a building contractor who also sells log home kits opened a log furniture store on the main street of a small town. He didn't sell 1 item in months.
     
  13. Jillis

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    If I had 5 acres of cedar---and I needed it cleared---first I would give my goats all the brush. They LOVE it and it is a natural wormer as well.

    We built our fences and our barn using cedar trunks we cut from our woods. Very sturdy. They sell 6 foot lengths of cedar that is about 3 to 4 inches across and pointed at one end for fence posts at the farm store. About a little under 2 dollars a post. Better than burning it! Make some money off of those 5 acres!
     
  14. Randy Rooster

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    Where are you located?

    Id killl for a pile of cedar fence posts?
     
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    my favorite style of fencing is using 1-2-3" cedar's 6-8 feet long. Side by side they make a nice tight fence that was traditionaly used by Native American Indians.
     
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    load it on a train and send it to me here in MT- i would almost kill for that much cedar!
     
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    In our area, there are local mills and craftsmen that will give anywhere from $25 to $300 for a good cedar tree. There is a guy at the Canton flea market (largest in the world) that sells nothing but cedar planks for building furniture, shelving, etc. He makes the limbs into split rail fencing and sells that to fencing companies, then sells the shavings to pet shops. That stuff goes for a pretty penny and he's always busy.
     
  18. patnewmex

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    I'll give you my address and you'll send me all that lovely Cedar. It would be a sin to burn it or just give it away. Use what you can and then do what HOOP suggested. Wise words indeed.

    How large is the cedar? (It grows so slowly and is rare here so I never cut any down. It also smells so lovely.)

    Where in the country are you at?


    Pat
     
  19. caretakermike

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    Where are you located? Id killl for a pile of cedar fence posts? -------> thanks for all the helpful advice! My acreage is in the Texas Hill Country, just north of San Antonio. The hills here are full of cedar trees, so lumber mills, etc. have all they want all around them. Heck, they even have some outfits here called "Cedar Eaters" that you pay $200/hour to have them come onto your acreage and tear out all the cedar and their big rigs mulch it on the spot, and just leave all the cedar mulch on the ground, in order to have your acreage cleared. Nobody here wants cedar trees on their property. They are invasive trees, and crowd out the oak trees, and each cedar tree will drink something like 20 gallons of water each day, so when it rains, the cedar take the groundwater away from everything else.

    I think I'll try the newspaper ad idea and see what results I get from that. Thanks again for all the advice! Mike
     
  20. BamaSuzy

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    I agree with the others----the cedar fence posts we have last seemingly forever....there are some on a nearby farm that have been here since I was born more than 50 years ago and are still keeping cattle in....

    Smaller chunks could be sold or given to crafters or you can make wonderful things out of them yourself such as little jewelry boxes, birdhouses, etc....

    The greenery can also be used in Christmas decorations...

    Even the tiniest chunks can be placed in nylon net and sold for a little for each and used in drawers to keep clothing fresh smelling and to keep moths and other pests away...

    If you have access to a chipper, everything else can be ground up and the chips sold to those who have pets (but don't use cedar chips with rabbits or other small animals because it gives them respiratory problems!!!) or for landscaping!!!!

    You have a gold mine there....don't burn them!!!! best wishes!
     
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