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Learn about pulp wood and it's value


What is Pulp Wood

Pulp wood, also known as canterwood, is woody material that is not suitable for making veneer or lumber. Pulp wood may include small diameter trees, large limbs and woody vines. Being unfit for lumber, the pulp wood is chipped into very small pieces. The pieces are used to make particle board, chip board and paper products.

Pulp wood can be softwood (Pine) or hardwood (Oak, Hickory, Pecan, Walnut, etc.). Pulp wood can be subdivided into "basic pulp wood", and "superpulp" (aka canterwood). Where basic pulp wood can be just about anything, superpulp is used to describe a small tree from which at least a single board could be cut.

The Value of Pulpwood

Because timber is a commodity, market prices for pulpwood. Pulpwood buyers may measure pulp wood in weight(tons) or volume (cords). To determine the approximate value of your pulp wood you can apply the current price to the following standard conversion factors for pulpwood:

  • Pine Pulpwood: 1 cord = 2.675 tons or 5,350 pounds
  • Hardwoord Pulpwood: 1 cord = 2.900 tons or 5,800 pounds

Keep in mind that when you hire a logging company they must deduct their expenses (including profit) from the price paid by the sawmill. The difference in the sawmill's payout (delivered price) and the logging company's expenses is what the landowner can expect to receive (stumpage price).

Timber harvesters who cut pulp wood need to work a fairly large in order to make a profit. Pulp wood brings the lowest price of any type of timber that is harvested.

*For more information on the value of timber marketing you may visit our page on timber pricing.