Sell Us Material

We are always looking for sources of reclaimed building materials. Potential sources may include; factories, warehouses, mills, barns, rural outbuildings as well as many unusual sources like wine barrels, train cars and bridges. If you are selling reclaimed building materials or have a lead on reclaimed building materials resources please follow the steps listed below - we buy reclaimed wood!

Will Work for Barnwood


How to do it 

Send us your information by submitting a got wood form. Submitting the form is the best way of contacting our purchasing department. Please do not call us directly to sell materials, submitting a got wood form is the only way to ensure that your information gets to our purchasing department.  Don't forget to include a detailed description of the salvageable materials for sale and or structure(s) to be reclaimed (required).

Please Note: due to the high volume of submissions we receive of reclaimed building materials,  We request you please include a full list of all materials to be reclaimed as well as a status of their availability. Once we have received your information you will be contacted only if Elmwood Reclaimed Timber has an interest in your materials.  We may at this point request photographs and a physical sample of the materials for confirmation of quality and consistency.

Reclaimed Wood Specifications

All reclaimed wood must be surface cleaned of nails and other debris to enable square stacking of bundles(bunks). 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:  2x8’s should all be stacked together, 2x6’s should all be stacked together, 8x8's should all be stacked together, barn siding of like color and dimension 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). Stack piles so the tops are flat and use at least two 4"x4" bolsters banded on top of each bunk.  This will enable loaders to work with materials and maximize wood on the trucks and trailers. 

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 approval 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" bolsters to stack bunks of lumber on this is to facilitate a smooth unloading process once the lumber is at our facilities. Always load lumber bundles(bunks) in a manner that is square and neat. This may require lots of bolsters.

Acceptable Packaging Dimensions

Width of bundle(bunk):    42” to 48" only! (46" is best)
Height of bundle(bunk):  12” to 32” only! (24" is best)
Length of bundle(bunk):  4 feet minimum - Dependent on materials being stacked always square one end and keep the top of the bunk flat.

Stack piles so the tops are flat and use at least two 4"x4" bolsters banded on top of each bunk.  This will enable loaders to work with materials and maximize wood on the trucks and trailers.