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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What are you spraying on the logs?
  • A: 100% water
  • Q: Where do you get your water?
  • A: From a pond. All the water sprayed on the logs is water re-circulated from the log yard, with the pond below the logs to recapture the water as well as the rest of the run-off from the yard when it rains. This serves as a two-fold benefit, making our site more environmentally friendly.
  • Q: Why do you water the logs?
  • A: Logs are a perishable item and have a shelf life. The water sprayed on the logs is similar to the process grocery stores use in periodically misting fresh fruit and vegetables. Water maintains the logs’ moisture content, preventing the sap from staining (a defect in furniture lumber) and bugs from boring into the logs as well as checking and busting.
  • Q: Is cutting trees good for the environment?
  • A: Trees, like people, have a limited lifespan. If a tree stands too long it begins to deteriorate, often from the inside, where it cannot be seen. By cutting trees when they are mature it allows the landowner to not only realize the maximum amount of return for their investment, but it is good stewardship of the land since it allows the younger trees to be released so they can receive the sunlight and moisture they need to grow instead of allowing their growth to be stunted or die from the lack of moisture and sunlight.
  • Q: Does Fox Hardwood Lumber clear cut or only select cut?
  • A: FHL has a professional forestry staff that helps landowners determine what is best for their land based on the forest and their objectives. Clear cutting is only done when the site is not suited for growing quality hardwoods; in that case, pine is replanted.
  • Q: Why do you replant in pine, as this is not a hardwood?
  • A: True. Pine is not a hardwood (and we do not saw pine), but in some cases pine is more suited for the site. It takes very rich and deep soil to grow good hardwood, whereas pine can thrive on soil that is not as fertile.
  • Q: If I bring logs to your yard, will you saw them for me?
  • A: No. The way we are set up it is very difficult for us to get someone else’s logs through the sawmill.
  • Q: What kinds of saws do you use?
  • A: We use band saw technology to cut all of our lumber. The saws are .078-gage with a curf thickness of .132. A new saw is 11" wide and 36'6" long with 220 teeth.
  • Q: What is green lumber?
  • A: Green lumber is freshly sawn and is subject to shrinking and moving as it dries.
  • Q: How do you dry lumber?
  • A: In order to dry lumber, green lumber must be placed on drying sticks soon after it is sawed and placed where it can get free airflow for best drying results.
  • Q: How long does it take for green lumber to become dry lumber?
  • A: It depends upon the thickness and upon the weather but typically for 4/4 lumber it takes 120 days to be considered air-dried lumber. For FHL most of our air-dried products remain on sticks longer to lower moisture content to ensure less shrinkage.
  • Q: What is the typical moisture content for FHL lumber?
  • A: Most oak and poplar lumber that we air dry is 13%–18%.