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#1 posted 04-24-2018 02:17 PM

This debate has spurred me to look at the internet in an attempt to see how a company might process wood, whole tree, limbs and such from an orchard operation, or what.

Hard to find specifics about this, possibly they might fear feedback for just cutting up a tree to make smoker chunks? I saw similar on a few websites I think the bigger operations are just chopping up the entire tree.

- therealSteveN

I did a little searching online, just for a price comparison and what I saw kinda bothers me.

A board foot of cherry through many online sources costs about 4.75 and weighs approximately 3 pounds, which would equate to a cost per cubic foot of 57 Dollars for 36 pounds.

Cherry wood for smoking online costs 30-35 dollars for 15 pounds of wood, which would equate to approximately 6-7 dollars for a board-foot’s worth of wood (by weight).

This means that, for smoking purposes, cherry smoker chunk appears to be more expensive than cherry lumber…and cherry is a pretty popular wood for smoking.

Given the GREATLY reduced cost of production (no milling or drying required), it seems to me that there is really not much of an incentive to actually mill this stuff for lumber.

BTW…hickory, pecan, and maple fetch even higher prices.

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