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Old 05-03-2021, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default How much do cedar yards pay?

I was following a pickup truck that had a bed full of cedar. Small to large limbs/logs all 5-7' long.

Just curious if anyone ever sells to the yards like that and what they actually pay. Figure with lumber through the roof maybe one day it would be worth selling some while clearing.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:17 PM   #2
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I was very curious about this as well. I actually have some very large cedar, like 10-12" base trees. I wouldn't mind doing some timber harvest.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:31 PM   #3
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Several years ago, there was a place North of Glen Rose that sold cedar stays to large posts. I bought some, no way would I have cut and trimmed for what he was selling it for. And, he was the middle man...
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:34 PM   #4
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It’s not worth a crud, we have thousands of 12” plus logs in the yard waiting on prices to increase and they seem to keep going down. They won’t pay for the fuel to harvest them right now unless you find a hungry buyer.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:58 PM   #5
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2-3” diameter latillas go for around a buck a foot. That is what the roadside vendors ask for coyote fence.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:21 PM   #6
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The mill down the road from me says donít bother unless I have a lumber truck full if perfectly straight logs that have all been delimbed. He doesnít want me bringing a flatbed full of different sized logs. After watching my cedar cutters, what I think is straight isnít always what they think is straight.


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Old 05-03-2021, 07:39 PM   #7
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I suspect all metal fences killed the cedar business except for land scaping.

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Old 05-03-2021, 08:00 PM   #8
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Had a guy offer me 25.00 a ton. I told him hit the road.
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:23 PM   #9
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So answer is not much!

Now I really wonder what that guy got for his truck bed loaded with cedar. LOL Had to of taken him 6-8 hours to get that much cut and delimbed.
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:54 PM   #10
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They pay more than you think. Stop at the yard just south CR 243 on hwy 183 and ask Carter how much he pays.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:02 AM   #11
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Iím piling and burning mine. $250.00 a 5 ton load where Iím at. Not worth loading it on the truck.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:00 AM   #12
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My Brother in law pays $8 for an 8 foot post. He does a lot of fence in east Tx.
From what i gather a lot cedar post in Cen tex go out west.
No way it pays good enough to be a full time cedar chopper
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:02 AM   #13
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So answer is not much!

Now I really wonder what that guy got for his truck bed loaded with cedar. LOL Had to of taken him 6-8 hours to get that much cut and delimbed.
Most folks ive seen making a living chopping cedars look a lot like the fellas running around picking up scrap metal
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:47 AM   #14
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Most folks ive seen making a living chopping cedars look a lot like the fellas running around picking up scrap metal
And what might that be?
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And what might that be?
Rugged. We look rugged.
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Old 05-05-2021, 06:07 AM   #17
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I’d pick up metal scrap when I could find it and sell it. Made $14.00 off a truck load and paid $7.00 to have my tire repaired! Those scrap yards are notorious flat magnets.
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:01 AM   #18
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Most folks ive seen making a living chopping cedars look a lot like the fellas running around picking up scrap metal
Well if I was running around my ranch picking up scrap metal to get rid of I'd probably see what it's running also

I have a couple areas (maybe 50 acres total) that I'll be chainsawing cedars. Just figure I'd see if it's worth keeping any posts to sell versus just burning them all.

The area I had dozed I didn't think twice and just burned.
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:30 AM   #19
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i have seen a bunch of home made furniture pieces made from cedar,, mostly end tables, mirror frames, jewelry boxes, benches and some chairs sold at flea markets and such,, other than that just fence posts
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:21 AM   #20
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Well if I was running around my ranch picking up scrap metal to get rid of I'd probably see what it's running also

I have a couple areas (maybe 50 acres total) that I'll be chainsawing cedars. Just figure I'd see if it's worth keeping any posts to sell versus just burning them all.

The area I had dozed I didn't think twice and just burned.
Stop by that cedar yard on Hwy183 or I think there is another close to Lometa and see if they know anyone to come cut it and give you a percentage. Get it done and get paid
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Well if I was running around my ranch picking up scrap metal to get rid of I'd probably see what it's running also

I have a couple areas (maybe 50 acres total) that I'll be chainsawing cedars. Just figure I'd see if it's worth keeping any posts to sell versus just burning them all.

The area I had dozed I didn't think twice and just burned.
If you pile up a bunch of 8í post I but you could sell them pretty quick. Id be surprised if my BIL didnt come down to get a trailer load.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:36 PM   #22
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Stop by that cedar yard on Hwy183 or I think there is another close to Lometa and see if they know anyone to come cut it and give you a percentage. Get it done and get paid
This is what I would do.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:56 PM   #23
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There is a cedar mill in Leakey. (They process the oil to sell to perfume manufacturers.) Last I heard, they pay $40/ton foe raw cedar. This is old, dried logs, stumps, basically leftover stuf of that can’t be used in post, or furniture applications. There’s also a cedar post yard in Leakey. I’m pretty sure they don’t pay a lot.
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:27 AM   #24
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Stop by that cedar yard on Hwy183 or I think there is another close to Lometa and see if they know anyone to come cut it and give you a percentage. Get it done and get paid
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This is what I would do.
Has anyone on TBH done this? I've only heard bad things. The people that owned the ranch before I did tried this and man it was a mess. Took me a LONG time to clean it all up.

It's easy to say just talk to them and make sure they agree to leave the place clean or stump free (or cut stumps low) but I get the feeling it would still be a mess. But I'm not sure..maybe things have changed?

I think there are 2 yards. One is in Lampasas on 183 Are you talking about the other one closer to Briggs?
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:03 PM   #25
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The one closer to Briggs. Carter Callen owns it. Nice guy.
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Old 05-07-2021, 06:56 AM   #26
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This popped up on the Nextdoor feed yesterday.

1000.00 is the price they are asking for this load of 6í latillias.

Looks like a lotta work.
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I was thinking if I could get $250 for a load like that it may be worth it. For $1k I'd be cutting cedar full time LOL
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:18 AM   #28
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I picked these up yesterday for a fence project at my place in Mineral Wells.

I went in with my neighbor and we bought this bundle of 300 and we spilt it.

2.25 a piece 675.00

Cash ( discount) price 640.00

This is Mackey's off I-20 going west right before ranger hill. He said he pays .90 a piece for this size.
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:23 AM   #29
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Very good info. Thanks.

Any guess how long they stay good for if I cut and stack and wait until I get a lot to sell?
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Very good info. Thanks.

Any guess how long they stay good for if I cut and stack and wait until I get a lot to sell?
longer than you'll be alive
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Old 05-08-2021, 08:10 AM   #31
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I picked these up yesterday for a fence project at my place in Mineral Wells.

I went in with my neighbor and we bought this bundle of 300 and we spilt it.

2.25 a piece 675.00

Cash ( discount) price 640.00

This is Mackey's off I-20 going west right before ranger hill. He said he pays .90 a piece for this size.
It looks like you guys got a pretty good deal. I see them advertised near me for over $5/stay. I've been tempted to start cutting and selling for that price. I have thousands I cut de-limb, but I've just been burning them.
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