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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by lengel, Jun 22, 2008.
What would you consider a reasonable price for a cord of firewood?
Is it seasoned or green? Hardwood or softwood? You could check the local papers and craigslist to get a comparison price.
When we lived in Maine, in the winter a cord of seasoned hardwood went for $110 three years ago. Down here, I can pick up load after load of the exact same thing for free.
I found three different prices on craigslist tonight, from $195 to $225 a cord. None of the ads specified seasoned/green or hard/softwood. I am assuming though that it's left over from last winter and will all be seasoned in the next six months. It seems expensive to me but I am assuming that oil will put firewood in huge demand by next winter so I want to jump the gun. I also noticed lots of ads for people willing to clear land for the privilege of carrying off the trees.
$200 -$225 is what seasoned Oak has been going for. The price during summer should drop to $175.--$200.
WOW!! Ya'LL get firewood for cheap!! LOL, you want a little bit of incentive to go out and cut your own and become a good scrounger? The "immigrant" wood cutters around here were asking $400 for a "cord" that was actually a pick up truck load of unseasoned scrub oak. Pine was bringing around $250-300, and people were paying it, I was glad we had cut extra, and had a good supply, but I wish I could get some of at the rates you all pay!
For the last two winters, I've gotten in for $125 per cord, cut and stacked.
But then, we don't usually have a whole lot of very cold weather. I mean, it gets cold in spells. We'll have three or four days in a row of 40 degree weather interspersed with 60 degree weather. It's often in the 70's at Christmas. We buy firewood more for ambiance than for heat. I can't wait for the first night it is cool enough for a fire! (which is usually around Thanksgiving.)
Try finding those guys that cut down trees for a living and ask them about going out to job sites and cleaning up the larger branches for wood, or asking what they do with the wood if the client doesn't want it. They may know where you can get it cheaper. Might be green at first, but will eventually be seasoned.
Or just take a trip to NC with a big ol' truck and pick some up. I filled (and I mean FILLED) the Ram 1500 we have about 10 times last year and so far three times this year, all for free, all hardwood.
Make sure you know the volume of wood you are getting. A cord of wood is defined as 4 feet X 4 feet X 8 feet of well stacked wood.
Many places will sell you face cords or fireplace cords which are considerably less than a full cord. In New Mexico a cord is a true cord and if the fire wood is sold in less than a true cord the seller has to tell you the volume of what you are getting.
here in northeast texas fire wood is $150 to $200 a cord picked up.an its been that price for 3yrs or more.an it doesnt matter what kind of wood it is.we cut an slitt 8 to 10 cords of wood a year for 2 houses.an most of the down trees we cut for wood will make 3 to 4 cords of wood each or more.
Quote:Thank you very much dac, it is important to measure and be aware. We have a elderly lady that bought wood, and because she was aware , noticed that it didn't fit correctly into the area that she had origionally measured.
Calling the man back, he denied everything and even came over to inspect her wood pile, claiming it was the way she stacked it. She informed them she would contact the people at the states weights and measures if they didn't do good by her.
They didn't, until she called. The people from weights and measures came over, measured the 4x4x8 WITH the man being questioned. The fella that sold the wood was informed that he needed to back his truck in, take all of her stacked wood out of the cellar, turn around and the next day bring her back the correct amount of wood. The man from W&M joined them while they restacked the fire wood correctly and then measured it.
Amen to those that help out those that seem voiceless!