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Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:26 am
by CachiGringo
Property outside Puerto varas has a couple hectares of 20ish yr old eucalyptus trees, pretty well spaced that are starting to get to be a decent size. Outside of talking with a mill in the area, does anyone have any info on quotes for linear foot or volume of tree? I know it's not great outdoor building material, but there's tons of it around so there's gotta be a market somewhere. We're eventually going to clear those areas and try to replant native species.

Re: Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:32 am
by Putenio
I have 10H of Eucalytpus south of PV, in that 20 year range (from I "I can almost put my arms around it" to we'd need 3 people to reach around its diameter size) that we use for renewable firewood, on a yearly rotating basis (cut, stacked, dried in 2018 is burned a year later in 2019, for example). They don't have much value for chips, not that I'd sell for that use.

It fractures and (IMHO) is horrible for construction. I cut (chainsaw) a 5 inch by 2.75 feet by 10 feet board that I stored in a relatively humid, but dry, location and let it slowly dry out for 2 years to limit expansion cracks (made a bar top) and even with all the care in the world, it still had cracks to fill. When it rapidly dries, it twists and cracks - in my experience.

They are also quite thirsty - so like weeds, we have to keep cutting them back but their water demands impact the surrounding areas. It's almost impossible to get rid of their roots.

FWIW native tress take a long time to grow - so we haven't cut any for around 15 years and it is just now showing some signs of renewal and recovery. The Eucalytpus get cut all summer long.

Re: Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:43 pm
by CachiGringo
Got any idea on what they're worth per volume of foot? Its far to much wood to use as firewood at el fundo, especially since the apple/pearwood lasts most of the winter

Re: Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:23 pm
by admin
here is the last discussion on the forum for what it is worth:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=13876

Re: Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:01 pm
by CachiGringo
Thanks, that's pretty useful info atleast for ballpark prices. Where did you find that Indian paper info?

Re: Eucalyptus Board foot cost?

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:18 pm
by admin
dont recall. think it was off alibaba or something.