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04-13-2016 03:09 PM

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My mother in-law wants to purchase some mesquite slabs. They are about 2 1/2 – 3 foot in diameter and about 2” thick. The seller wants about $100-$120 a slab and about $150 for 3 ” thick pieces. It sounds good to me, I just wanted lumber jocks opinion. Good buy?

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 04:38 PM

Are these end grain slabs/cookies? Are they already dry? If not, expect a lot of cracking and movement while drying. It seems like a reasonable price, though.

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 04:55 PM

End grain slabs.. Don’t know if they are dry or not

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 05:00 PM



Are these end grain slabs/cookies? Are they already dry? If not, expect a lot of cracking and movement while drying. It seems like a reasonable price, though.

- bobasaurus

Actually, mesquite is one of the most stable woods around.
When I have them in stacks to dry, I do not need to put weights on them. They dry and keep their shape better than any wood I’ve seen and they hardly crack either.

The problem with mesquite I have though is beetles. The sapwood will end up with tons of holes and I will have lots of dust piles. I’ve tried borax based treatments and it doesn’t work very well. Heat is about the best way to go to kill them.

Price-wise, that’s not bad. Mesquite is not easy to come by, let alone in wide pieces. I’d go for it.

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 09:22 PM

I use a lot of mesquite, it’s an OK price but I never see thick end grain pieces like you’re describing, so maybe that’s good. Like AZWoody said, wide isn’t common. I’ve gotten 6-foot long slabs 20-24 inches wide at the most. Price also depends on where in the country you are. Even here in Texas the price varies.

AZWoody is also correct about the bugs – they are pretty much impossible to get rid of unless you heat the wood. I’ve given up keeping the sapwood, sick of building bug coffins for large pieces. I just cut it all off. Color contrast is gone but mesquite interior has such a rich looking grain and color I don’t care.

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#5 posted 04-13-2016 09:48 PM

I thought I read a few decades ago, and I am serious, it was about 20-30 years ago, Mesquite was a protected species. Or is my memory bad.

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 12:20 AM



I thought I read a few decades ago, and I am serious, it was about 20-30 years ago, Mesquite was a protected species. Or is my memory bad.

- conifur

Not only is mesquite NOT protected, the state of Texas would make you a multimillionaire if you could eradicate it!

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#7 posted 04-14-2016 12:23 AM



I thought I read a few decades ago, and I am serious, it was about 20-30 years ago, Mesquite was a protected species. Or is my memory bad.

- conifur

I think your memory is bad. hehe In Arizona, if you don’t own the land, you can’t collect it. If you know the land owner, and they let you take Mesquite, that’s good.Over 50% of Arizona belongs to the taxpayers, but if you want something off the land, permits are available for some things, but one location will not issue Mesquite , where the next county 20 mile away will. If you get a permit from the US Forest Service, you can collect pretty much anything dead and down only in designated areas.. Problem with that is dead and down. No one has really made the definition of exactly what it means, so it’s up to whoever checks your wood if you’re lucky enough to get checked. I think the definition should be Dead or Down.

Back a few decades, I saw a tree hugger program of the desert. In one segment they were calling Mesquite an invasive weed showing pictures taken in the ‘20’s,( barren ) and then in the 70’s, more mesquites than you could shake a stick at. You still can’t just get what you want unless you have a permit for the species and location.

Fan, that sounds like a good price, and Mesquite is an extremely stable wood. ............ Jerry (in Tucson).

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#8 posted 04-14-2016 12:38 AM

Go to Texas (closer than Az) and ANY landowner will let you have all the mesquite you can haul off.

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 01:14 AM

Thanks all last 4, I was in AZ in the mid 80s, vacationing and so many Mesquite cooked chick restaurants, smelled and tasted great, and it was after that I read what I thought it said. So now I am informed, and glad I am.
Thanks SW Lumber Jocks for the up date.

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#10 posted 04-15-2016 12:30 PM

I am told that here in West Texas Mesquite is considered a bad tree because it provides little shade and drinks water that would be better used to grow grass for cattle. Pretty wood though.

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#11 posted 04-15-2016 12:48 PM

And it’s like a weed. I live in West Texas, and I kill about 30 sapplings per year.

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