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# Dry Pine log weight estimation

2/19/24

Hi there,
If anyone can help us from this forum, we'd truly appreciate it. Our house has these large pine logs inside that decorate the main family room. They are not structural, but just decorative. Problem is, we would like to remove a few of them, not all, as there are too many for our liking. So I am trying to estimate the weight of some of these logs in order to find out if, and how, we can bring some of them down safely. (See attached picture...)

As an example, one of the largest logs we'd like to remove measures 11' long, and has a diameter of 33 in at the largest end, and 31 in at the smaller end. I found some log weight calculators online that give it a weight of 2200lbs, but that is for green logs, freshly cut. Our indoor logs are dry pretty much as they've been there for 20 years aprox.
So is there a way to get a better idea of this logs' weight, as I am not sure we can bring it down safely. And what kind of lift/crane could we used indoors to do this, if any?

Thank you so much.

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2/26/24       #2: Dry Pine log weight estimation ...
 Dave Edgerton

40 lbs per cubic foot.

2/27/24       #3: Dry Pine log weight estimation ...

I’m not so sure that your photo matches what you stated for the diameter. If the diameter is 33” that would be 1/4 of the length. Maybe the 33” is circumference, which would be 10.5” D?
And before you start taking things apart, are you SURE they are not structural, like holding the roof up, or the walls from spreading?

3/5/24       #4: Dry Pine log weight estimation ...

Gilles, since you haven’t responded, I will offer a little more help. If I guessed correctly before, that you were confusing the circumference for diameter, I figured the cubic volume of a 10” log 11’ long to be about 6 cu ft, so using the 40# that Dave Edgerton suggested above, the log should weigh around 240#.
At that weight, knowing that sometimes getting equipment into one’s living space can be a challenge. I think a 3’ x 6’ roll around scaffolding with two strong men, would lift them off and down onto the scaffolding then taking one end down at a time should be fairly easy.
However, you might be able to rent some sort of drywall lift jacks. Although I don’t think one would handle the full load, but two or one on each end could. Even if you had to purchase them might fit your budget.

3/7/24       #5: Dry Pine log weight estimation ...

Keith, Suggesting two guys can lift a 240# log from overhead while standing on scaffolding is just about guaranteeing back injuries or loss of balance and injury. If not that day, definitely when they reach retirement age when every little injury from the past turns into arthiritis. The human body is not a crane.

5/6/24       #6: Dry Pine log weight estimation ...
 Gloria Member

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Estimating the weight of dry pine logs indoors can be tricky. Since your logs have been indoors for 20 years, they're likely lighter than freshly cut ones. Consider using a heavy-duty scale to weigh a smaller section of a similar-sized log and extrapolate.

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