Most of the prices I get for buying logs are by the ton. How do I calculate how many board feet to expect per ton? Right now I am looking at red cedar, but soon will need to know for red oak and poplar also. Thanks for any help.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor S:
It depends on what species you are buying and what you are sawing the logs into. Less dense woods like pine or poplar of course will be less tons board feet than hickory or white oak.
If you are sawing 7x9 railroad ties or all 2x8's you'll get more footage than sawing the best grade 4/4 and edging and trimming to upgrade the lumber. Scragg mill operators have told me mixed hardwood small logs take about 6-7 tons for a thousand board foot. As the log size (diameter) goes up your percentage of waste (slabs) goes down. Also if you are buying by the ton, crooked logs will yield less.