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?


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?

Click here to add your own comments

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;
[email protected] or you may call me at 651-308-3999.

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
by: Anonymous


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

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 [email protected]

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.

Dec 06, 2017
Barnyard Lumber from Corral NEW
by: Philip

Disassembled the corral that was in connection with our barn. The saved lumber is mostly white oak. The boards are 1" by 6", 8 and 10 foot - about 150 usable boards. It is good lumber with all of the nails pulled. 573-743-6830 central time

Dec 15, 2017
Old 1900 heavy wood NEW
by: Rick

I am tearing down 3 stories of 1900 built apartments. It two roof structures with a lot of wood beams. I will send pics. Should I cut and square up for top price or sell as is etc. call me Rick at 918-310-5699 thanks

Jan 10, 2018
Old rough cut fir barn boards NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a stack of old rough cut barn boards roughly 4' X 4' X 9' for sale to best offer. they are not denailed but I will do that for the buyer. Lenths from 5' to 9'. I dont think there is any paint. [email protected] Located in Veneta, Or.

Jan 24, 2018
Trying to get a fair price for my old barn wood NEW
by: James Bell

I have one by sixes one by fours two by fours four by fours all in really good shape some 16 ft long you can call me at 830 406 8368 long

Mar 14, 2018
1800's log 2 story home NEW
by: Monequtia

I have a early 1800's log home, with beautiful wood not sure what type of wood, but the home sits on big old rock borders, I am looking to sell all there wood at one time. Thanks

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Barn Geek.

How to build the 20x30 sugar Shack for under $12k!  

Recent Articles

  1. 1915 40x48 post and beam barn - Ottawa Illinios

    Mar 20, 18 11:22 AM

    This barn has four bents. All the post are 8x8 with 8x8 beams. The top tie beam is 40’ long all southern yellow pine. This barn is dismantled and ready

    Read More

  2. L Shaped 75X78 Post and Beam Barn - Wheelersburg OH

    Mar 20, 18 10:54 AM

    Barn was originally built in 1800's and added on, with the most recent from 1935. It is L Shaped 75x78 4400 sf 2 stories. The construction is post and

    Read More

  3. Building a barn

    Mar 16, 18 10:53 AM

    I noticed on one of the pictures for a Gable Barn you show dormers. Can they be added to plans? I don’t see any plans with dormers. I want to build an

    Read More

  4. 32x64 Gambrel barn - Illinois

    Mar 14, 18 01:45 PM

    For sale is a 1917 post and beam barn completely dismantled and ready for re-erection as a barn home. The barn is labeled and blue printed and treated

    Read More

  5. Early New England/Yankee Dairy Barn (1800-1825) 72x40 ft - Maine

    Mar 14, 18 01:37 PM

    Style: Early New England/Yankee Dairy Barn Year Built: 1800-1825 Location: Farmington, Maine area Dimensions: approximately 72x40 ft Details: from the

    Read More

  6. Hafner - Ohio - Late 1850’s barn measuring 38’x76’

    Feb 28, 18 09:24 AM

    This late 1850’s barn measuring 38’x76’ is the small sister to the New Washington frame. Built in the same time period and about 8 miles from the larger

    Read More

  7. Gleason, Ohio - Late 1860’s barn frame measures 26’x50’

    Feb 28, 18 09:22 AM

    This late 1860’s barn frame measures 26’x50’ with an attached 18’ x40’ storage area. Both frames are handhewn and are original. This master barn builder

    Read More

  8. Crimson Road Ohio - Early 1860’s measures 30’wide x 46’ long

    Feb 28, 18 09:21 AM

    This early 1860’s measures 30’wide x 46’ long. The bent layout 16’-16’-14’. This frame is just the right size for a retirement home. Uprights measure 9”x10”

    Read More

  9. Coon Path Rd, Ohio - Late 1850’s frame measures 30’x50’

    Feb 28, 18 09:20 AM

    This late 1850’s frame measures 30’x50’. It has all handhewn timbers measuring a full 9”x9”. The bent layout is 20’-15’-15’. The roof design is queen post.

    Read More

  10. Cliffton Mills, Ohio - Late 1840’s frame measures 46’x70’ with NO CENTER SUPPORTS

    Feb 28, 18 09:19 AM

    This late 1840’s frame measures 46’x70’ with NO CENTER SUPPORTS. Located in the Dayton area this barn was constructed by a master timber frame builder

    Read More

  11. Loudonville, Ohio - Late 1880’s frame measures 36’x52

    Feb 28, 18 09:15 AM

    This late 1880’s frame measures 36’x52’. The barn has beautiful full size 9”x9” circle sawn beams thru out. The frame is all oak. The bent layout is 16’-18’-18’.

    Read More

  12. Early 1850’s frame 45’x80’ - Bluffton, Ohio

    Feb 19, 18 09:16 AM

    This early 1850’s frame measures 45’x80’. The bent layout is 24’-16’-16’-24’. Large handhewn timbers thru out. Exterior upright are a full size 10”x11”

    Read More

  13. 46’x100’ Massive barn frame - New Washington, Ohio

    Feb 19, 18 09:12 AM

    This massive barn frame measures a full 46’ wide by 100’ in length. This is an original build (no additions). The bent lay out is 24’-16’-16’-18’-12’-14’.

    Read More

  14. 30x50 hand hewn barn frame - Bloomville, Ohio

    Feb 19, 18 09:10 AM

    This late 1850’s all handhewn barn frame measures 30’x50’. The bent layout is 20’-15’-15’. The frame has nice fullsize 10”x10” handhewn beams. It also

    Read More

  15. Tiffin, Ohio - Early 1840’s barn frame measures 40’x60’.

    Feb 19, 18 09:09 AM

    This barn built in the early 1840’s measures 40’x60’. All the timbers in this barn are a fullsize 12”x12”. On one end is a double stack beam with the lower

    Read More