What is Barn wood worth?

by Rhonda Helming
(Southern Indiana)

We have torn down several old buildings/barns on our property. Now we are wanting to sell the barn wood, plus we have about 20 hand hewn timbers. We don't know what to charge for them. Could you help me out?

Thanks,

Hi Rohnda,

Thank you for your question. I get this question a lot and the short answer is, (drum roll here) it depends.

I would love to tell you that there is one price per board foot on barnwood across the board and that is it, and all there is to it, but like anything that is used, it just isn't that simple.

There are just so many factors that it is impossible to even appraise a piece of barn wood on site. There are questions that come up like:

Do you want to sell it all at once? or one six foot piece at a time?

Do your beams have several defects like mortise pockets, and rafter notches?

What is the color of the beam or board like? Is it brown, grey?

Does it have paint on it?

Is there lead paint on it?

Are there a lot of nails? or other metal?

Are there large cracks?

Is there insect damage? How much?

What species is it?

Even when you answer all of those questions there are others that deal with who you are trying to sell to.

Are they a manufacturer of flooring? a furniture maker? a homeowner? a wholesaler? and so on and so on...

So how much is barn wood worth? Sadly the most accurate answer is, it depends.

Don't worry though I am not going to leave you without at least one piece of advice that you can go out and use today.

My best advice for you would be to get offers from folks who are looking for barn beams. Place ads on different websites or even your own local newspaper.

You can list your barn wood for sale for free here at barngeek.com. Once you start getting calls and emails ask for offers and take the one that best works for you.

You may get calls from folks who want to buy a six foot long piece for a mantle. Or you may get calls from folks who want to buy the whole lot. Or you may get calls from folks who want any quantity in between.

Consider all of the questions above and all the time and effort you put in to the work and come up with pricing that best suits you, in your unique situation.

I wish you all the best in your endeavor and thank you for your efforts in reclaiming some of our unique American Heritage.

Best Regards,
The Barn Geek


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Jan 17, 2013
Value of your reclaimed lumber
by: Craig Friederich

Hello Rhonda,
If you could send me photo's and quantity of what you have I may be able to make you an offer for what you have available. I would be interested in large quantities. Please sent your info to;
sales@minnesotabarnwood.com or you may call me at 651-308-3999.
Thanks.

Jan 18, 2013
How much is it worth
by: Element Reclamation

As a newby in the industry as well, your question is the big one. It all depends on the wood and who you can get to look at it. I do a wholesale operation with little overhead in Northern IL. I store my wood outdoors (stickered and covered)on a gravel lot. I advertise on craigslist so my customers vary from woodworkers to the crafter that wants one piece. I am currently selling cedar and fir at about $2 a board foot. This is a fire sale price but I'm more interested in moving it out than sitting on it for a couple of bucks more. The more someone wants the lower the price goes. I usually stay firm on the rough sawn beams but then again no one has offered to buy more than one or two. If they were hand hewn you can ask more.
To feel out my customers I ask them what they are looking for in a price and quantity rather than setting a price like a store. This way I can judge on the spot what will work to sell the most wood and make a profit.
This helps me earn a fair reputation and will bring people back as I collect higher quality woods.
So that doesn't really answer the question but like the post was answered its all relative to the wood, customer and demand.

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