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BF into cubic metersAuthor(s): Henry Spelter
Source: Timber processing. (Nov. 2002): Pages 20-27.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionNoted forest products industry researcher and writer says the conversion factor traditionally used to convert logs measured in board feet to cubic meters has risen. In the U.S., most timber is measured in terms of board feet. The log scales currently in use to estimate lumber recovery from roundwood, however, were created in the 19th century according to sawmill technology, timber resource and lumber sizes used at the time. Because log scales have not been modified since to reflect changes in these factors, they are outdated and inadequately serve their purpose of accurately determining recoverable lumber volumes.
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CitationSpelter, Henry. 2002. BF into cubic meters. Timber processing. (Nov. 2002): Pages 20-27.
KeywordsLog scales, volume, conversion factors
- Estimating the board foot to cubic foot ratio
- Lumber recovery from young-growth red and white fir in northern California.
- Processing mill scale study data on a type 650 electronic machine.
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