Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:47 am

No, they were in a hurry to leave, and the even-more-hillbilly guy is going to burn it, I'm sure. I should have asked him what kind of stove he has.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: pret On: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:43 pm

I spend about 145 for mixed hardwood - seasoned (yea right!) :evil: - most of the bark is off, but it's out in the rain all spring and summer, and fall.

I just found an excavator who will sell me mixed hardwood logs - I got enough for maybe 4 chords for 100 bucks! Not THAT's awesome! I enjoy cutting and splitting wood - and this stuff IS seasoned. I split pieces about 24" in diameter and throw it in my fireplace insert and boy does she burn!

I live in Schaefferstown, Pa 17067
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:22 pm

I picked up a trailer full 4x8 (about 1/2 cord) seasoned for $80, mixed hardwoods.
For those of you new to wood burning there are a couple of ways to tell if the wood is cured.
First look for cracks at the ends of the wood. No cracks stack it let the cold do it's work.
Another way is to split a piece or two and smell it, the inside will look darker and have a different smell then a exposed cured surface(not the bark). 8-)

I used to get alot of free wood from Utility line cutting and trimming! But haven't seen much of that lately, I have seen alot of tree grinder tucks using gas to make wood chips! Does this make sense? Anyone else notice this trend out there?
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:45 pm

'round here the power co. or tree trimming contractors grind up all the small branches and usually leave the larger pieces piled up along the side of the road for us scavengers to pick up.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:55 pm

All the firewood dealers say the wood is "seasoned". Seasoned to me means cut, split, stacked and allowed to season for one year prior to burning. The cord I got from my hillbilly wood guy recently is no where near seasoned. Some of it sizzles nicely when it's on the fire. I have another cord on it's way.

Sizzling in Stillwater,

John
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:22 am

It takes about 275 million years to properly season wood! :)
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:24 pm

Then it's shiny and black and burns with no smoke...it's worth the wait.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: beaverman On: Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:27 pm

$90-100/cord split and delivered here. Local loggers sell by the tri-axle load at $500-$600/load. That is about 8 cord if you want to do the work to cut and split it yourself. Oak is the main firewood species here.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:59 am

you guys ever check the small lumber mills for the slabwood? pieces are from 1.5"-6" thick the bundle is strapped about 6x4x16' my buddy used to get one every winter to heat his workshop......30 bucks plus paying the farmer friend 50 bucks to haul it home isnt bad for a whole winter.....i'm sure prices vary and have prob gone up alot with the price of fuel
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: gambler On: Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:10 am

In my area the slabwood is contracted to a distributor. He in turn sells it to others who then sell it for firewood. As you can imagine that every time it changes hands the price goes up. Unless you are lucky enough to get in with a new mill you can not get your hands on the slabs that come from a mill with out the middle man getting involved. This is also the same with bark mulch in my area.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:02 pm

visit the Amish, the ones that have a permanent bonfire going are the ones you want to see, they are burning all the slabwood to get rid of it.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: treysgt On: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:45 pm

Northwest NJ - around 190 cord now. That is about 25 more than at the start of the season. Time for coal!
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PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:00 am

coaledsweat wrote:
Did you ever notice its always a cord too?


I'd imagine the scams for wood abound and trying to regulate it probably wouldn't help much either. How would you? Realistically you can't sell it by weight as that would just push the providers to try and sell less than seasoned wood unless they were forced to certify it for the moisture content.. Regulating it by the cord I'm sure results in imaginative stacking and is far from perfect way to measure it even if everyone followed the same rules. FYI AFAIK you can't sell a "truckload" of wood in PA, it has to be sold by the cord.
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Re: Cost Of A Cord Of Wood

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:17 am

treysgt wrote:Northwest NJ - around 190 cord now. That is about 25 more than at the start of the season. Time for coal!


Prices are way too high, the "wood guys" are going to price themselves right out of business. In 2005 my hillbilly wood guy was selling at $160, I bought 8 cords, in 2006 he went to $175, which he still charges now, I bought 2 cords. This fall I bought 2 cords. I always tell him I'm still burning coal and it's a lot cheaper.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
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Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
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PostBy: Yanche On: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:51 am

Richard S. wrote:FYI AFAIK you can't sell a "truckload" of wood in PA, it has to be sold by the cord.
Same in Maryland, but the rule is seldom enforced. One local tree trimming company that sells top grade wood as a winter sideline, hauls it 30 miles down the road to Georgetown in Washington, DC. He gets the equivalent of $400-500 a cord! All those K street lobbyists like their fireplace ambiance!
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