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Posted on Cutting Down 30yr old Birch Tree - Worth Saving for Lumber

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 09:53 PM

I am fortunate to have a lot of these trees around from an aesthetic point of view. But they are messy in that they can be a bit of a danger to cut down where you want them to land. They often break as they are cut down where you least expect or want. They have a bad reputation for rotting from the inside out so what you can see is usually the tip of the iceberg. Because of the rot issue, it is hard to get decent long stock from them for lumber projects. Cost to hire a mill is also a lot and not worth it for birch. They are sought out for crafts though and make for a nice aromatic fire. They burn pretty fast though so best to burn them in an open fireplace or outdoor pit. That’s my experience anyway…

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