Real newbie question about chainsaw milling
I'm not thinking of doing it, I don't have anything to mill, but was thinking about it from all the questions that come up.
Chainsaw chains are about 1/4, 3/8" wide minimum, so if you're all milling wood with a chainsaw - what's the minimum thickness you'd go? The reason I'm wondering is, if you cut 4/4 or 5/4 planks with a mill, like 30% of the tree would be sawdust when it was all done.
I figure you'd have to cut 12/4 before it became even close to efficient use of the tree.
Does that wastage figure into it, or is the chainsaw what you use because that's all you have and there's nothing for it, or are there even more important concerns like drying that make it too difficult to cut thicker planks?