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


Comments for What is Barn wood worth?

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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.

Apr 14, 2015
WHAT SHOULD I SELL FOR? NEW
by: Anonymous

I HAVE 73 PIECES OF BARN BOARD SIZES: MOSTLY 3FTX9IN WIDTH IS 8IN I WOULD INCLUDE A PICTURE BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TOO LOL PLEASE HELP? THANK YOU


Jan 13, 2016
Hand Hewn Barn Beams for sale NEW
by: Jason

Hi,
I have at least 3000 board foot of hand hewn barn beams (10"by10") and (8"by8"). Lengths are from 5 ft to 30 ft long. If anyone is interested in purchasing all of them or just one please let me know. Thank you very much.

Sep 03, 2016
I have a barn for sale NEW
by: Anonymous

How do I post my barn for sale? I have a huge old barn which has lots of old beautiful wood. What price do I start at?

Oct 26, 2016
Rough Sawn Oak & Rough Sawn Beams From Old Barn NEW
by: Brent

I have for sale :
4/4 rough sawn oak 51/2" wide, 5' to 9'-10" long, about 103 Bd. FT.
6/4 rough sawn oak 31/2" to to 71/2" wide, and 7' to 16' long, about 463 Bt. Ft.
All de-nailed
Rough Sawn Barn Beams 4" x 4" x 5' to 11'
6" x 6" x 4' to 15'-6"
6" x 8" x 11' to 15'
About 797 Bd. Ft.
All Not De-Nailed

I would like to sell all in one lot. I will consider all SERIOUS bids. I can text you pictures.

You are resonsible for picking up and hauling.

Contact number 1-765-585-0739

Jan 13, 2017
i have barn wood forsale NEW
by: nate

i have a bunch of barn wood to sale plz contact me if interested 812 581 9477

Jan 15, 2017
How to price old barn beams NEW
by: Dave

I got sum old hued barn beams how can i find out wcan i find out what their worth and who to sale them to and how you would price them


Jan 19, 2017
Carlisle Lumber Co. Onalaska, Washington Siding NEW
by: dan

I have roughly 500 ln. Ft. of tounge and groove siding off an old barn that is stamped by the Carlisle Lumber Co. from Onalaska, washington. This wood is pre- depression era wood and is beautiful. Mostly 4' lengths but some larger. I want to sell it all and am looking for a serious buyer for this historic lumber. The Carlisle Lumber Co. has quite the history and this wood is part of american history. Comments or serious inquiries please contact me at Dan@summitconcrete.com

Mar 02, 2017
Over ten different types of barn wood for sale NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm located about fifteen minutes west of the twin cities I have about ten kinds of wood from multiple barns. Mainly wood red stained white oak pine Douglas fir true 2by8 2by6 1by 6. Ship lap. Dutch lap rough sawn. Many different combinations. Call for particulars. Katie 612 401 7200

Mar 10, 2017
Built in !896 and beginning to fall. NEW
by: Steve in southeast TN.

1/3 of the roof has hand hued shingles , covered by 50 yr. old heavy gauge tin . All the beams are put together with wooden dowels . 6"to 12" boards some 14 ft long (most oak)...Approx: 40 by 60 ft. A lot of people have an interest in taking it down . But I really do not know much I should ask for the old barn ???

Apr 07, 2017
90 yr old barn wood NEW
by: wendy wilson

I also have a barn built in the 20s and having trouble pricing the wood. It is in great condition. It is a huge barn so quantity isn't a problem. eastern CO l

May 24, 2017
Barn beams for sale NEW
by: Scott

We have a 40x 50 barn we are dismantling in Allegan Mich. All hewn beams 10x10 up to 11x14s if interested please contact me at 269-274-9389

Jul 11, 2017
22-20ft tobacco barn wooden beams NEW
by: layna

My father in law has 22 -20 foot oak wood beams that he recycled from 100plus year old tobacco barns he dismantled. Would love to sale them as a lot but all serious offers will be considered. 9415494121 I have pictures of anyone is interested. Thank you

Aug 27, 2017
Historic freak NEW
by: Susan

I just had unbelievable barn taken down that was built around 1836 . all beams are hand hewn up to 4pft 10x10. Tons of siding excellent shape have boards over 20 inches wide. I believe mostly old growth poplar. Also have approx 750 sq ash antique flooring random width from 1840s. 812 599 8442.

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