Lumberjack’s Dynasty A Quick Guide on Wood and Selling

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In this guide we will cover the basics and prices of selling each type of wood and byproducts from your mill.


Wood Gathering Basics

Gathering wood can be a tedious process. Lets cover a few things to speed the process up (and collect some other goodies as well). 
1. Use the Map! Seriously, don’t just use the map to find the forests. Once you buy a forest the map will provide you with a lot of useful information. Tree counts being the chief among them. If you want to optimize your time, gather wood from dense forests with lots of trees in a small area. Also pay attention to the type of trees. If you buy a forest with almost nothing but pine, you aren’t going to get a lot of money for the forest. But if you find one with a lot of oak and birch, now you are in the money. 
2. Get the lay of the land. Is your forest relatively flat, or are there crags and gullies that are going to slow down, or even trap your heavy equipment? Is it hillside or level plains? All of these little things are going to help you determine the best course of action for gathering your wood. Remember, while your machines are faster at gathering and moving wood in general, sometimes it is better to hand cut trees, or carry logs to a better collection spot than to try and force your machines to drive into otherwise inaccessible areas. Another major consideration is where is the nearest drop point for your logs? Speaking of which… 
3. Log Drop Points. With recent updates the number of places you can safely drop logs has been vastly expanded. While it is always best to use the designated drop points, sometimes they are just too far away to be reasonable. So where do you drop logs then? At fords, or any place you can reach the deeper water with your machine without drowning it. A couple of places I even used the machine to create a pile of logs and then hand carried/dropped them of the side of a dock. Find the currents that move your logs, and then find every accessible place you can drop your logs safely and easily. Figure out what is close enough, and accessible enough, to be usable. This takes a little planning on your part, but will pay off with speed in the end. 
4. Clear the land completely. I typically start off by running around the forest and removing all the bushes. Not only does it make it easier for your vehicles to move around in the forest, it vastly improves visibility. The next thing I do is mow the ENTIRE forest. Every last patch of grass and low bush. This helps you to find any small snags (fallen branches, old stumps, etc) that can hinder your vehicles movement, and often has the added benefit of adding several hundred to several thousand (depending on the size of the forest and method used in mowing) hay to your inventory. It also allows you to see all the logs without having to use Engineers Sight to find them. Plus it makes replanting easier as well. You can also find any herbs or mushrooms growing in the area much easier too. (Tip: To make it easier on myself I start by mowing the perimeter of the area switching between the chainsaw for Engineers Sight and the hand mower to clear) 

Getting and Selling Bark

So everyone knows you get bark from logs processed by your plant after you fix the main mill. Here are a few helpful factoids on Bark: 
Maximum Mill Storage: 20,000 Kg 
Gain per Log: 70 Kg 
Number of logs needed to fill storage: 286 (285.7) 
Number of logs needed to fill a large (yellow) trailer: 158 
Value of bark in a large trailer: 3,198 Eur (+/-5%) 
Total value of wood chips from full mill: 5,814 Eur (+/-5%) 

All about the Chips

Wood chips are similar to bark with one major exception; once you fix the wood chip factory you can start producing chip board pallets. So is it worth it? What can you expect from wood chips? 
Maximum wood chip storage in mill: 30,000 Kg 
Wood Chips gained per log: 25 Kg 
Number of logs needed to fill mill storage: 1,200 
Number of logs needed to fill large trailer: 440 
Value of wood chips from a large trailer: 3970 Eur (+/-5%) 
Value of wood chips from full mill: 10,827 Eur (+/-5%) 
Number of Wood Chips per pallet (chip board): 200 
Value of pallet at Lumber Yard: 260 Eur 
Value of pallet at General Store: Not able to sell 
Value of full mill converted to pallets (lumber yard): 39,000 Eur 

Planking… A Good Way to Get Fit and Make Money

And now for why you are probably here: Planks. What are they worth. Is it worth drying them before selling them? What are the price differences between the different woods? Well, lets get started! 
First and foremost: I know there is a slightly cheaty option of selling all but one plank to Lily and then selling the remaining 1 plank pallet to the Lumber Yard for the full price of the pallet. Lily buys planks at 2 Eur each, regardless of wood type. If you sell 99 planks, that is 198 Eur, plus the value of the pallet itself. Yes, you can make a lot of money this way, but is it really worth it to go trekking across the map with a full load of pallets, sell a bunch to Lily, then trek all the way to the lumber yard to sell them? Actually, it is a lot easier than that. Drive a vehicle (any vehicle) over to Lily and leave it there. Then when you go to load the pallets, activate the pallet, open your map, fast travel to your vehicle near Lily, sell the 99 planks, use the map to fast travel back to your flatbed and load the pallet. Quick and easy. Personally I don’t use this method as I think it is a bit too much like cheating, and I’m sure the developers are going to patch this exploit in the near future as well. 
Now on with the main event: 
Planks come in 4 varieties, and are either wet or dry (Humidity of 1% or higher is considered wet). Pine, Spruce, Birch and Oak. When used for building/repairing there is no visible difference (yet), but when used for furniture there is a visible difference (as well as value difference). This guide isn’t going to go into furniture building as that is a whole topic unto itself. Instead we are going to quickly cover planks. 
Plank Value (Wet) at the Lumber Yard 
Pine: 126 Eur 
Spruce: 144 Eur 
Birch: 198 Eur 
Oak: 216 Eur 
(Note: This is at 100% Humidity. As planks dry out their value increases) 
Plank Value (Dry) at the Lumber Yard 
Pine: 210 
Spruce: 240 
Birch: 330 
Oak: 360 
At the general store all wood is treated the same regardless of type and only wet/dry is taken into account. At 100% humidity wet wood is bought for 112.49 per pallet, and dry is bought for 224.99 per pallet. 
As humidity drops, the value of each pallet increases. I didn’t spend the time to see if the increases were linear or mileposted (an increase in value when the humidity hits a certain percentage until the wood is all the way dry). 
(NOTE: All prices are subject to change with each update. Also there is a slight variation in prices in game as well so the numbers above may not be exact.) 

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