Log Prices

Updated Prices: Now Paying Higher Prices for White Oak!

The following prices shall be paid for logs DELIVERED TO THE MILL at 68 West Chapel Rd., Asheville, NC (you can find directions on our Home page).  Terms of payment shall be company check issued to the owner/logger on Friday after 12 noon for all logs delivered by Friday, during the previous week, unless other arrangements are made in advance.   All logs must be well trimmed with no butt spurs, excessive butt swell, or knots extending beyond the bark line.  Logs not trimmed properly shall be downgraded to #3 grade or not scaled, at the option of the log scaler.  Logs with ANY indication of embedded metal shall be refused.

Species VENEER PRIME #1 #2 #3
Ash 400 400 300 200 100
Cherry, Walnut 1000 750 500 200 150
Oak: Red 750 500 375 200 100
Oak: White 1000 750 500 300 100
Maple 500 300 250 200 100
Poplar 400 300 250 175 75
Sycamore, Beech, Birch 200 150 100
Misc. Hardwoods 200 150 100
Pine: White 350 300 250 150 75
Pine: Yellow 250 250 200 150 75
Pine: Spruce, Hemlock 200 200 150 100 75



VENEER: 18” diameter & up, 12-16’, no defects, clear all sides, no stain, fresh cut only, no sap stain

PRIME:  16” diameter & up, 12’ & longer(walnut/cherry/white oak 10’ & up), no visible defects, clear 4 sides, no rot, shake, split, fresh cut, no sap stain

#1 Grade:  14” diameter. & up, 12’ & longer (walnut/cherry/white oak 8’ & up), clear 3 sides, no rot, split or shake, fresh cut

#2 Grade:  12” diameter. & up, 10’ & longer, clear 2 sides, no more than 20% deduction for defects, fresh cut

#3 Grade:  10” diameter. & up*, 8’ & longer, clear 1 side, well manufactured log


VENEER:  18” diameter & up, 20, 22, 24’ long plus trim, no large knots, no rot or red heart

PRIME:  16” diameter & up, 16’ and longer, small, well spaced knots less than 1-1/2” in diameter, log must yield a substantial amount of clear lumber and/or structurally sound timbers, No Rot, No Stain, No Splits or shake, fresh cut logs only

#1 Grade:  14” diameter & up. 10’ & longer, well spaced knots less than 2” in diameter, No Rot, No Stain, No Splits or shake, fresh cut logs only, log to yield a moderate amount of clear lumber and  Structurally sound timbers.

#2 Grade:  12” diameter & up, 10’ & longer, well spaced knots, No Rot,  No Splits or shake,  log to yield structurally sound lumber and timbers

#3 Grade:  10” diameter & up*, 8’ & longer, sound, well manufactured logs suitable for utility lumber and Cants.

*Logs UNDER 10”will not be scaled or purchased and may be loaded back on truck

Decision of the log scaler is final.

Prices subject to change without notice

How do I determine what my logs are worth?

When scaling logs, you determine the (Board Footage) BF first and then the grade.

Your Board Footage (BF) can then be calculated from the Doyle Scale chart further down on the page. For example, a 12 foot log, 12 inches in diameter at the small end has 48 BF in it.  You then look at the grade rules to determine the grade of the log.

The chart with log prices should be read as price per 1000 BF. In other words, if you add a decimal in front, that would be price per board foot. For example:
Poplar: #1 250 would be read as $250/1000 BF or .25/BF
Poplar: #3 75 would be read as $75/1000 or .075/BF

Multiply the price per BF by the scale and that is the value of your log.

What is the maximum period of time in which timber is considered “fresh cut”?

It has more to do with appearance that time per say.  Once a black stain begins to
develop in the wood, they are no longer considered “fresh cut”.  This stain
develops more rapidly in warm weather when the sap is running.  If the logs ends
appear to be dry and are splitting then that is an indicator as well.