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Felling, extracting, processing, selling

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Do all of these processes and make it a viable business?

 

I currently do the above with some help from contractors to extract, fell and process.

I manage around 65hectares of woodland.

Currently firewood will be my main revenue. But I hope to start milling and making basic stuff from the timber to sell it seems more profitable.

I would be interested to hear anyone else who's doing the whole process as it were, or is it maybe more profitable to buy your firewood in?

 

Regards Sirius 

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Yes, but small scale. If I could take the selling/deliveries out of the equation It would be more profitable for me, as this is the most time consuming element of the process. I have reduced the price previously to try and encourage customer pickups, but it didn't attract much interest.

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Tie up with the local coal man - they are used tomaking multiple deliveries and might be happy to diversify, are likely to pass by you once a week. Mine started doing logs last year,

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We buy standing, fell, winch and extract our timber. It's not our main business so we only do about 150 ton hardwood per year and maybe 200 softwood for mill or chip.

Depending on the weather we usually get this done in about 4-6 weeks.

Its would probably be more economic to get outside contractors to fell and extract but it gives me a nice break from building work and the estates we buy from like our low impact (old fashioned) methods.

We then process and billet on wet days and at weekends through the year, although never seem to be quite as prepared as we should be when winter comes.

Deliveries are a ball ache for me aswell, somehow seems harder work than actually producing it.

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Only really selling firewood at the moment. But am very interested about getting into the managing and extracting of timber for the firewood business. 

 

Have got a local farmer who wants his small woodland thinning out but what's the best way to approach others?

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5 hours ago, Loggerman11 said:

 

 

Have got a local farmer who wants his small woodland thinning out but what's the best way to approach others?

I've found that if you do work for 1 landowner and do a tidy job with no big ruts or massive piles of brash left at Woodside they are more than happy to recommend you to their friends if you ask them to.

Same as any industry it's easy to get good name, and even easier to get a bad name.

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