I have to thin out about 50 acres. I will be taking out most of the lodge pole pine. I was thinking that I would mill the logs on my WM LT40, dry and plane into 1/2" lumber to sell as craft wood. Does this make sense? Do you think there is such a market? My other options are 1) burn it, or 2) sell for pulp for $24 a ton.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor T:
Lodgepole makes good flooring. It is tighter and harder than the ponderosa pine we cut here. Also, I have built buildings with LPP 4X6 (they dry straight and do not check), or used the logs for rafters, etc. for barns or sheds. It sure would be a waste to sell it for pulp.
The bottom line is that these thinnings may cost a lot to process, as does all small diameter, and the quality can be low enough to make this a low profit operation. (Remember that you need to sell all grades of lumber produced and not just the best stuff.)