Question (WOODWEB Member) :
I have a bulk supply of 1000 plus board feet of white/red oak that was air dried in a dry storage shed for 16 years. I have offered $500 for the material and the seller has countered $600. I understand I must look for a type of beetle and the quality of the lumber. Does anyone have any feedback regarding techniques to determine quality-and value, and furthermore to be sure the oak beetle isn't present in the lumber?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Contributor E:
The moisture content will probably be about 12% and will need to be dried more before using for indoor use. If there are knots or twisting or warping of the boards, expect up to 50% loss getting usable material out of it.
As far as the bugs, I think powder post beetle might be a biggie. They leave whatís called "frass" or little sawdust piles where the adults bore out to restart the cycle of wrecking the lumber from the inside out. Old barns encourage PPB as most old barns around me have them in the timbers.
How well the lumber was sawn is a biggie if you are dressing it. If itís thick and thin, wavy etc. I wouldn't take it for free. Also don't rely on the estimates of board feet. Do a rough measure of width x length of stack to get a ballpark idea. This is where buying only the good stuff for a higher price helps you as well, because I would scale it as I bought it, and leave the pallet grade lumber behind. That being said, if it was cut well from a really nice forest grown tree I would be asking $1 per board foot for No. 1 and select in a 50/50 mix, so $.60 sounds like a good price there.