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Free wood - what should i take?

A local guy cut down some huge trees and is giving away the logs and stumps. It's more wood than I can handle, so I'm going to take as much as I can of one species or the other. There's Russian Olive and Chinese Elm. What would you take? Note: I'm not a wood turner...I make tables and furniture.
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Why just one species? Why not split it half and half? If you have to pick, ummm, go with the olive.
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Why just one species? Why not split it half and half? If you have to pick, ummm, go with the olive.
Guess it can be both. I just want a lot of one or the other to make a big solid dining table or a bedroom set...so id prefer it to match.
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Out of sheer curiosity, how much are you thinking about getting? 100 bf? 500 bf? 1500 bf? If it's only 100, I can understand only wanting a single species. If you're talking about 1500, then that's literally tons of wood and I'd split it up.
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Out of sheer curiosity, how much are you thinking about getting? 100 bf? 500 bf? 1500 bf? If it's only 100, I can understand only wanting a single species. If you're talking about 1500, then that's literally tons of wood and I'd split it up.
I'd probably be looking at 500-700 sq feet of usable lumber. I guess I'll get some of both. :)

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Free wood is good wood. If you take save it from becoming fire wood you can likely find some one to share it with
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Buy a bigger truck and take it all

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Or make more than one trip.
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multiple trips. rent/borrow trailer..

i am in same boat with a HUGE OAK that the neighbor is cutting down.. the base of the trunk is a goos 5' diameter.. and i plan to take it all.. no clue of the BF but ill condor what to do with it all later when that bridge arrives.. you should do the same take it all…. ALL I tell you be greedy and take it all..
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multiple trips. rent/borrow trailer.. i am in same boat with a HUGE OAK that the neighbor is cutting down.. the base of the trunk is a goos 5' diameter.. and i plan to take it all.. no clue of the BF but ill condor what to do with it all later when that bridge arrives.. you should do the same take it all…. ALL I tell you be greedy and take it all..
Thanks guys. I know I shouldn't pass on free hardwood! Especially here in Utah as we don't have an abundance of it. I am taking an 18 foot car hauler and will load it to max capacity, and go back for a second trip if needed. My wife is going to murder me when she comes home and sees these huge logs sitting on a gravel patch next to my driveway...and they'll be an eyesore until I have them milled and can stash them in the crawl space under my house to dry. But that's a small price to pay for a massive supply of hardwood.
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Thanks guys. I know I shouldn't pass on free hardwood! Especially here in Utah as we don't have an abundance of it. I am taking an 18 foot car hauler and will load it to max capacity, and go back for a second trip if needed. My wife is going to murder me when she comes home and sees these huge logs sitting on a gravel patch next to my driveway...and they'll be an eyesore until I have them milled and can stash them in the crawl space under my house to dry. But that's a small price to pay for a massive supply of hardwood.


exactly my same situation but i will have a big tractor to move 200 yards to my back yard and i can stick the tree in the back about an acre away from house..

i agree free Hard wood should not be burned it needs to be furniture..
just like i did not need to but 50bf of African congo SAPELE but at $4bf i did and toss it on the rack..

just get it all you will make the storage space.. otherwise you will regret
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exactly my same situation but i will have a big tractor to move 200 yards to my back yard and i can stick the tree in the back about an acre away from house.. i agree free Hard wood should not be burned it needs to be furniture.. just like i did not need to but 50bf of African congo SAPELE but at $4bf i did and toss it on the rack.. just get it all you will make the storage space.. otherwise you will regret
Thank you for your added wisdom!
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First load made it safely back home. Going back for more.

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thats a big load for a dodge nitro.. didn't even know that they made receiver hitches for those toasters.
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thats a big load for a dodge nitro.. didn't even know that they made receiver hitches for those toasters.
The nitro isn't exactly heavy duty but it's all I've got. At least it's the R/T version which has a bigger motor but still it's no duramax.

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Here's a slice of a small branch. Tell me what you think of the grain not much figure as it's just a 6 inch thick branch. The logs and crotch pieces will have a ton of figure I hope.



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You are going to have some nice boards when done. I looked at my tree today and calculated over 2k bf, I will be doing what you are doing as soon as they fell the tree the rest of the way.

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Be sure to get some sealer of the ends of those logs asap!. Also, you may want to look into a different spot then in your crawl space to dry them out once you do get them milled. It would be better if you were able to stack them in the garage or even under a lean-to in the back yard. in order for it to dry it really should have some fresh air moving in and around it.

Since your in Utah, If I was you, I would make a make shift lean-to in the back yard. then cover it with plastic, then install 2 fans. one pulling air in, the other pulling air out. this will give you plenty of air circulation and since you already have the heat it should dry rather quickly.

I am not an expert on drying stock, but its just a thought...

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Free wood - what should i take?

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Be sure to get some sealer of the ends of those logs asap!. Also, you may want to look into a different spot then in your crawl space to dry them out once you do get them milled. It would be better if you were able to stack them in the garage or even under a lean-to in the back yard. in order for it to dry it really should have some fresh air moving in and around it. Since your in Utah, If I was you, I would make a make shift lean-to in the back yard. then cover it with plastic, then install 2 fans. one pulling air in, the other pulling air out. this will give you plenty of air circulation and since you already have the heat it should dry rather quickly. I am not an expert on drying stock, but its just a thought...
I was thinking I'd put two fans in the crawl space (5 feet ceilings) and have one blowing in and one out as there are three vents total, and two that are in line with where I'd stack the lumber. I really rather not store it outside as I have a tiny lot as is...
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