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How much does that Log Weigh?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Gkiesel, Aug 8, 2018.

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    Gkiesel ArboristSite Operative

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    Is there a way to approximate the weight of any given log in length? Obviously some wood is heavier than others, but in general, if my loader lifts say a 1000lbs, how long of a log can I attempt to lift? Just looking for general guidelines.
    Thanks, George
     
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    Thanks. That is perfect.
    George
     
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    Woodweb's calculator works great
     
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    stumpys woodweb link,,is great!!! ive had that in my favs for years!!!!!!
     
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    I some times can guess within a hundred lbs for 7 1/2 cords. Moisture is the bottom line. I have to go through scales when going out of town so I get a ticket first to know exactly what I have. Simple volume calculations time vs. moisture content. Thanks
     
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    Moisture content is the bottom line and the intensity varies from one species to the next. For example, cottonwood, poplar, and willow are heavy when green and like popcorn when dead dry. Locust and oak are heavy, dry or green, but all species are heavier when green.
     
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    If you carry around a smart phone there are apps to download. Then one can be out of internet service to do the calculator. Water weighs 62 pounds a cubic foot, estimate the cubic feet of log and perhaps use 60 pounds a cubic foot depending.
     
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    Location of log on tree in addition to dryness also influences density. Also, some trees of the same species are drier than others, depending on growing conditions. We work with averages and that's what shows up in the density tables.
     

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