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The price of firewood
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Les    Posted 11-03-2003 at 18:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the past couple of weeks, I have been delivered of two log truck loads of wood. It's not the most desirable stuff: some of it is bigger than most people want and they throw in pine, hemlock, white birch and other mungy stuff that people wouldn't like much if they were paying for it.
I was told this afternoon that a tractor/trailer load with a guaranteed 10 cords of wood (log length) is now selling for $900!! I bet there's gonna be a lot of new loggers this winter.


Brian-2N    Posted 11-04-2003 at 05:30:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les,
I saw on channel 9 about a week ago that because of the Old Farmer's Almanac's prediction, firewood is going up and is scarce. People are afraid after last year's winter.


Brian-2N    Posted 11-04-2003 at 05:27:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les,
I saw on channel 9 about a week ago that because of the Old Farmer's Almanac's prediction, firewood is going up and is scarce. People are afraid after last year's winter.


Wisereader    Posted 11-04-2003 at 05:04:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Expensive stuff everyone is buying. A little chaeper here in WNY, I guess. I'm paying $55/cord split and delivered for a mix of ash and maple.


dpv    Posted 10-12-2004 at 14:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd pay 55 bucks for a cord....if it's a true cord. I cut and split my own, but I'm sure I could afford to buy a cord or two at that price.


sdg    Posted 11-04-2003 at 05:21:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where I am at in WNY, I'm paying about $40 a cord and it's pretty good stuff. I know in Az, It's going for $180 give or take a cord, UGH!


Redneck    Posted 11-04-2003 at 03:09:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
$900 doesn't sound like a lot compared to $750,000 logging operation investment.Have yall ever tried it from the other end?


Les    Posted 11-04-2003 at 03:59:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
My family has been logging for generations. I broke my back in a logging accident. It's not necessary to spend three quarters of a million dollars that you don't have to become a logger.


Redneck    Posted 11-04-2003 at 17:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I logged for over twenty years the hard way.I could never afford the new iron,but that still doesn't change what it cost.Good used equipment will set you back $200,000 for a loader/limber/cutoff rig,2 skidders,a cutter,trucks,trailers,support equipment.Throw in WC,insurance,cost of fuel etc,etc.

I remember the words of an overpaid/underworked government worker when I priced firewood to him,"you are only a redneck pulpwooder,you can't charge me that much for firewood".I can't put on here what I told him,but he definately got the message where to put his opinions of working folks.If it is good,clean wood,timely delivered,and exactly as promiced,they are getting a bargin!


deadcarp    Posted 11-03-2003 at 19:55:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have a few cords of tops & limbs on the ground from last year, but i'm kinda slow at gathering it now so just got a few bundles of dry birch slabwood plunked right by the heater shed for $30/bundle. i can get pine slabs free or the hauling so might yet gather a few, and one gal has a 40-acre woodlot i've been paring for years not far from here. oh i suppose it'll cost upwards of $200 to see us thru this winter, counting everything. but then i could go thru that in gas in a month and it would stretch my fixed income :)


Old Sarge    Posted 11-03-2003 at 19:11:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just call me "Lucky Sarge". Son is being paid to clear out an area that was cut up 2 years ago. Mostly Red & Pin Oak.. Already cut, split and in piles over 15 acres. Rich guy wants it gone. Son has pick up and 16ft. 2 axle trailer. He fills trailer, brings it to Dad, parks and unhooks trailer, who pays Grandkids to stack it in wood shed. Son gets paid for cleaning up property.

I now have wood shed full, 12 X 20 piled 7 ft tall.

WIN! WIN situation.


Fawteen    Posted 11-03-2003 at 18:46:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
$90 a cord, LOG LENGTH? JAY-zus! I'm some glad I got mine all in! I paid $60 a cord for 4 foot stuff.


holy cow-    Posted 11-03-2003 at 18:41:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has it come to that up there? We all cut our own, and help with everyone elses. Don't know much differant than that. I suspect it will change in the future while most of us are hitting 50 with older neighbors too. Younger folks all have propane, or heat pumps. That hurricane Isabel left us a lot of white oak and chestnut oak to clean up and burn. Most of the farms close to us are sitting pretty with premium wood for the firebox.

$900 a logging trailer load? Holy Cow. Mike D.


Les    Posted 11-03-2003 at 18:48:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know. Ain't it awful? Unless you're selling it, I suppose. Heck, my brother was only getting $85/cord for cut, split and delivered (not dry). This stuff is $90/cord before you even put a chainsaw to it. My neighbor buys truckloads to work up and sell and he can't even get anybody to bring him one.


ret    Posted 11-03-2003 at 19:49:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
here in Va after that hurricane went through, there is wood all over the place. I had guys that came out to cut down trees for me so they could have the wood, and now they can get paid just to get rid of trees everywhere that are already down
got enough down trees in the back would not have to down a tree for a long time.
REt


Ludwig    Posted 11-04-2003 at 12:07:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
On my farm my great Uncles wouldn't cut the trees, they'd get all sorts of trash wood from the dump or someplace to burn in the stove rather than cut they're own trees. Now we've got enough blowdowns to last 100 years!
Harvested nearly a cord this summer for Dad to burn during deer camp and you can't hardly tell we'd cut anything...


bob ny    Posted 11-03-2003 at 20:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
we lost around 40 trees last november in an ice storm we got 15 big trees cut split and stacked and still working we have enouch down to last 4 or 5 winters will probably loose more this winter


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