We’ve all been in situations where we’ve got a good deal of timber on the market, but we’ve been trying to work out how much we need to do it, what the prices are, and how much money we have left.
But for many small-scale timber producers, these costs are prohibitive.
And that’s where processing big-titre timber, or big-wood processing, comes in.
Big-tito is a term used to describe a process in which trees are cut and then processed in a large, open-air mill, and the result is a product with a higher yield than what you’d expect.
“It’s the kind of thing you’ve got to get to understand and appreciate because the only way to make money is to get a large quantity of timber,” said Chris Burdon, an assistant professor at the Australian Institute of Timber and Wood Science (AITWS).
“So you’re going to have to do a lot of small processing and processing, a lot to get the same yield as if you’d done it on a larger scale.”
So how much does processing big titre make money for your company?
Processing big-tree timber can be lucrative for a timber company if it’s not under-capitalised.
But the reality is that it’s hard to make a profit from big-ticket timber.
And processing big titre is expensive, as well.
For example, a big-timber project that can handle up to 200 tonnes of timber can cost up to $2 million, and processing big trees takes between $1.5 million and $2.5million.
Big timber processing has been around for over a century, and in recent years, a number of companies have started processing big tree timber.
“I think big-lotting has become a bit of a cottage industry in recent times,” Mr Burdons said.
“You’ve got companies like Wattle, in New South Wales, which are very successful.
You’ve got some smaller operators like the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney and Adelaide and Tasmania, who are just starting to come into the game.”
For most small-to-medium-sized companies, processing big wood can pay off.
But the process can also take years to complete, and can take a big chunk out of the industry’s profits.
“Processing large trees is a little bit more challenging, but if you’re not taking it to a very big scale, that’s really not a problem,” he said.
And while big-topped timber can pay for itself, processing large titre also can have a long-term impact on the environment.
“For a lot in the small-tree business, it’s a very, very, high-impact process, and you really don’t have to make any adjustments, you just sort of go with it,” he added.
“If you’re processing big tits, it can be very environmentally disruptive, and it’s quite possible you’ll end up having to do more environmental remediation than you’d normally have to.”
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