Packaging Lumber for Shipment
(Required of all lumber purchases by Elmwood Reclaimed Timber)
All reclaimed wood must be surface cleaned of nails and other debris to enable square stacking of bundles(bunks) - metal detecting of the wood is not necessary for sale to Elmwood Reclaimed Timber. Bundles(bunks) of reclaimed lumber should be packaged as tightly together as possible to prevent bundles from breaking apart during transportation.
Package reclaimed lumber in bundles(bunks) of like materials (sorted by dimension, species, etc.) Example: 2x4’s should all be stacked together, 2x6’s should all be stacked together, 8x8's should all be stacked together, barn siding should all be stacked together, etc. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine species of the lumber when on the jobsite, however we do require that the lumber is sorted according to species as well as is possible.
All bundles(bunks) of reclaimed lumber must be numbered and counted for quantity. Use a white lumber crayon(available at most hardware stores) to mark the bundles(bunks) with the bundle(bunk) number(which will correlate to your inventory list - to be submitted to Elmwood Reclaimed Timber) and quantities for each bundle(bunk). Always mark bundles(bunks) on Square end as well as on one side of the bundle(bunk).
Once lumber is stacked, band the bundle(bunk) with a steel banding strap every 4 feet (1/2" or wider strapping required - 3/4" width strap recommended).
Once fully banded and secured, organize stacks in a way that they can be easily picked up from the jobsite when the truck(s) arrive. Most of the time full size semi trucks are preferable to minimize shipping costs. If you are local and plan on hauling the lumber yourself make sure to let us know what your plans are and when you are coming to drop off lumber. Do not just show up at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to sell materials without the aproval of our purchasing agent. We will not buy materials that we are not expecting and have approved purchase of.
When ready to be shipped, use 4"x4"x48" balusters to stack bunks of lumber on this is to facilitate a smooth unloading process once the lumber is at our facalities. Always load lumber bundles(bunks) in a manner that is square and neat. This may require lots of balusters.
Acceptable Wood Packaging Dimensions:
- Width of bundle(bunk): 42” to 48" only! (46" is best)
- Height of bundle(bunk): 12” to 36” only! (24" is best)
- Length of bundle(bunk): 4 feet minimum - Dependent on materials being stacked always square one end.
- Stack piles so the tops are flat. This will enable loaders to work with materials and maximize wood on the trucks and trailers.
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