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#1 posted 10-23-2017 03:23 PM

Thanks for the comments, folks. Wasn’t expecting to get nailed on the generator choice! But all a good debate. So the primary reasoning was correctly mentioned by Rich. To bring 3 phase power to our location, we are talking over $40K in expenses. Start doing the math and the returns on that investment will never be reached for many decades. Plus, we are working towards growth plans for an even larger facility in about 3 years which is more industrial oriented yard space.

And yes, it is 80 kW. I ran all the numbers on diesel, which is less overall maintenance, longer operating life and less costly to run in fuel. However, diesel generators have a high environmental footprint and are much louder when running. Me love some diesel but we are stewards of the environment so not purely about operating costs. So natural gas / propane it is for at least the next 2-3 years.

Blades are about $125 a pop. Could be worse but we certainly want to avoid metal as much as possible.

And regarding metal, this isn’t my 1st rodeo. This is simply a downside of urban trees and all must deal with in urban log re-use. We try our best with good quality metal detectors over each mill pass, but I have hit and will certainly hit more metal and rocks at some point in the future. It is NOT a reason for avoiding urban trees, just a cost of doing business and something that must be considered in terms of your safety protocols.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES: We have our forms up and are adding rebar today. We hope to pour the foundation this coming Wed.

-- Devin Ginther, Refined Elements LLC & TX Urban Sawmill LLC, Owner

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