We live in Albuquerque and just use our fireplace on weekends during winter. It really does help keep our heating bills down. Our preference is a mix of white oak and cedar, and this year it is $305 a full cord; or $205 for half a cord. What prices are others paying this year?
Wow, that's quite a difference in price. They do deliver our firewood, but that just means dumping it in the driveway and we stack it. Pinon is popular here and cheaper, but it makes a very smoky fire and the smell doesn't appeal to me. We left California because of the high housing costs, but that's about the only thing that's cheaper in New Mexico.
I live in wooded mountains so firewood is somewhat cheap here comparatively. I can get a cord of mixed hickory, walnut, oaks and some locust... dry, split and delivered for $125 but I have to stack it.
I'm thinking to get 3 cords even though I do not have my woodstove moved here yet. When I install it, I also have to get a metal liner put in my chimney. The previous owners obviously had a chimney fire and the terra cotta liner has cracks.
Darius, previous occupants of our house burned rolled up newspapers and cardboard. The chimney cleaners told us there were layers of burnt-on carbon that was a real fire hazard. We had a metal spark arrester installed on the chimney last year just because I'm a real worrier when it comes to fire.
We bought 10 pulp cord of mixed woods mostly maple and oak there is a little white birch and some ash . We wil havel about 25 face cord from it, so it figures out to be about $26 a cord plus our own labor..We don`t have to worry about a fire in the house our outside wood furnace is about 55ft away from the house.. We are still using the same tank of propane from last February. Hubby checked it last night and we still have 47 per cent left
I miss heating with wood. No stove here, but I cut down a 25' Norway maple in the front yard this week. My neighbor said to rent a dumpster LOL...I cut the trunk and limbs to 16" lengths, and piled it by the curb with a sign that said "Take Me". About ten minutes later, a guy stopped and said he'll be back tomorrow, so I took the sign down. A couple more people stopped and I told them if it's here tomorrow night, take it. It's as green as can be, 1/4-1/3 of a cord, but it'll work fine next year.
None of the classifieds in our paper list prices, I'd be surprised if it's less than $200 delivered
Claypa, when we first moved to Albuquerque five years ago, there was a dead maple in the front yard. We had it cut down and cured the wood for a year. It was the absolute best firewood we've ever had. There aren't too many maples here in the desert though so it was a treat. A lot of the firewood here is probably hauled in from other states, which might explain the higher prices.
Why buy wood here in pa its free every were
pallets ,,scrap wood from manuafctures
free wood in the news papers and merchandisers
some advertise wanting free wood just dump it in the back yard
hard woods only
a guy one told me he did just that put an add in his local paper and merchandiser
and he got so much wood
he told me it would last him 30 years
Hey, just move to Florida. We're still burning the top half of an old oak tree that Hurricane Jeanne took out 3 years ago! Cheap firewood for sure. All it cost us was the two sections of our neighbors fence it took out. We just have an out door chiminea like the cast iron one in one of the photos. We didn't have many oppurtunities to use it this winter. Wanted to sit out on Christmas and it rained all day. We haven't had any considerable rain since.
I need to build a woodshed and get some firewood in to start drying if I cannot find seasoned wood this time of the year. I'm figuring $100 a full cord for seasoned wood, maybe less for green, but not sure. I guess buying firewood now will cut my elec. furnace costs next winter but it sure will put a pinch on my gardening money. I need about 4 cords, plus the $$ to build the woodshed large enough to house 4+ cords.
There are some guys who advertise dump truck loads cheaper but I doubt they could get across my covered bridge which has not quite 7 feet clearance. I cannot fathom why they built it so low.
I have 19 wooded, hilly acres, but it was timbered several years ago so there are few trees large enough to cut. Even then, I can't do it myself (female, 67) and someone would need a mule to haul it down off my steep hillside. Better to buy wood. But I might consider a splitter because chunks are cheaper than split firewood.
we just bought 17 pulp cord of oak and, a few pieces of white birch for $900. teh fella was hurting for money.
We called our regular wood guy and 10 pulp cord of hardwoods will be going for $650..We will be getting that in october.So we should be set for a while.. We did get 4 face cord of oak delivered for $200,that was alreeady split and cured...Aleta
My neighbor and I have shared the driving costs, + oil and permit costs. I supply a nearly new 12ft X 8ft X 6ft covered utility trailer and he has a nice new Ford F-150 pick-up to pull it. We're paying $40 a cord for the first 2 excursions. Our costs will drop down to around $30 a cord by the time we get 3 cords. So far we have 2 cords harvested. The last trip took 2 hours back and forth + we spent 6 hours with our 2 sons (17 yr olds) hauling rounds from the tree cut site to the trailer. The next few trips will be over-niters perhaps to get in some quality time with my wife and kids and enjoy camping in the woods. The gas cost will be down to $15 a trip vs $30 when we travel in the larger pick-up truck. My Ford Explorer gets almost double the gas mileage as the pick-up. We're up in the Pacific NW about 2 hours east of Seattle. If one were to be quite frugal they could get wood for $25 a cord here.
I ended up getting 2 "loads" of firewood, all dry at least 2 years, all hardwoods. I paid a total of $270, and each load was a stacked long bed pickup plus a stacked 6' trailer. They don't sell it by any particular measurement here and I'd guess I had 2-1/2 cords.
I have friends coming in June to help with some projects and a woodshed is on the list, providing I can get a backhoe to dig out a level spot for it. I want it to hold at least 3 full cords.
We are using a Texas Fire Frame grate in our fireplace. It works great. Nowhere near as efficient as a proper stove, maybe, but far better than any other grate I have seen for fireplaces. Fires are easier to light, burn hotter, and do seem to radiate substantially more heat out into the room.
I've not bought much firewood. We recently "lost" a big silver maple, so I'm set for a year or two. I have on occasion gotten free firewood (harvest it yourself) from utility rights of way and other public lands. Check with your county agent, if you have a truck and a saw...
Then again, my firewood is pretty expensive, counting the grate, the saw, and the truck. LOL.
We just had 10 pulp cord of Oak delivered,today $ 650.00 for 10 pulp cord. A pulp cord here is 8 ft wide by 4 ft high and the logs are 8 ft long.
We ordered another load for the middle of June.So we will be busy cutting and splitting. Aleta
So, a 10 pulp cord is really 2 full cords, just in 8' lengths?
A full cord is 4x4x8, or 128 cubic feet... a "face cord" is generally measured by the length of the cut wood and usually runs from a third of a full cord to half a full cord. http://www.woodheat.org/firewood/cord.htm
Hubby figured we got 22 to 24 face cord 24 in. long out of our 10 pulp cord load, that is about right ,because we go thru 20 to 24 face cord of wood to heat our house and greenhouse . We will be out of wood tomorrow,from last years load
NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... Average cost is $200 a full cord of standing or down dead oak plus in most instances consideration for distance of hauling. Individuals for personal use can purchase a cord permit for ten dollars which must be collected within fifteen days or a two cord permit for twenty dollars in thirty days of use time. This is waste wood from the State Forests. The permit does not include mechanical help to drag it to roadside. It must be cut and carried by the permit holder and you must state where you will collect your wood when getting the permit.
OMG Darius ya sure can't beat that deal. Man oh Man my DH is very envious... you paid what we would pay for 1 cord up here.
Why do you need the feel for the shelter? Don't have to answer just interested. We have piles of wood stacked in a rotating pattern that only my DH can understand but at least it keeps him thinkin! All of our wood is stacked on skids so it is off of the ground and is covered for certain months of the year. We do keep a large stack in the carport that we use during the night - just so I don't have to cross that snow in my barefeet to bring in wood. lol Our wood is always dry except for the rare exception when the rain snuck up and in under the canvas covering the wood piles.
Sooooo good to read a bit of what you are up to Darius. Born in 41 were you? DH was too.
Think of you often
I sure wasn't very clear was I? I meant the need to build a wood shed. We have heated with wood for over 30 years and have never had a wood shed. All I was thinking about was the expense of building and not being able to have extra $$'s for your garden.
Course everyone has their own method of stacking and storing wood that works for them. Have you ever seen a huge pile of cut and split wood - it looks like a concentric circle? It is a European method of storing split wood. It has just always intruiged me,
Great to hear you making plans - did ya get your Market Booth going this year?
Gotta tell you all that you taught DH and I something - we had never heard of a pulp cord - you explained it well, made perfect sense once we understood the term.
Now I get it! The want/need for a shed is more of a convenience (and tidiness) than anything. Currently I stack the wood adjacent to the house, leaving maybe half a foot, and cover just the top with tin roofing. I would prefer not to have firewood so close to the house due to termites and powder-post beetles. and the only other location would be too far to comfortably carry firewood daily or even weekly (the barn). Digging out a flat spot next to my root cellar would still be handy, and if it were a roofed 3-sided structure, I could store stuff like garden pots in there as well. Doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon, though.
Yes, I have seen firewood stacked in that fashion. One or two of the old timers still do it that way here. I suspect that practice came from how the colliers stacked wood to make charcoal. This photo is by Benjamin Cody under a GNU Free Documentation License.
No Market Booth this year, and maybe not even next year either. I really have a LOT of work to do on my soil in order to grow great quality specialty items like leeks, shallots and a range of garlics. My garlic and leeks this year were pitiful; the soil is not yet loose enough for decent root crops.
I have never seen this forum before and was curious to see what it was like. I am shocked at what you all have listed for prices for a cord of firewood. We were calling around last night and a cord of fully seasoned wood was going for over $400!! Last year we paid close to $300 and the wood was still a little green! Unseasoned is going for about $175 here, so I'm wondering if you all are smarter than us and are buying that type for future use?
The firewood I bought is not really fully seasoned. It was felled in January and February. I intend to get another $300, 3 cord load to set aside for another year; in the current economic crisis I think it makes sense to do so, plus it will then be fully dry when I use it.
I have at least 2/3 cord remaining from a year ago that was already dry 2 years when I bought it. How much I use depends on the winter, of course, and how much we use the heat pump on nights above 40º when the heat pump is efficient.
I can get a full cord of industrially produced four by four pieces of oak for twenty bucks. The pieces are from four to six inches long. They are what I call kill dried. Killed in the woods and dried on the truck trip to the mill. Stored a year in advance they make dandy firewood. I suspect the price will go up as demand increases. I am in line to get a third cord and that is more or less but sure is fair for oak. I do not burn wood due to my health situation but would have to if we lost our utilities. We can almost heat our whole house with wood if absoulutely needed to do so. I have the breathing mask just in case.
I make some of our own charcoal out of this waste wood.
I have almost all of my delivered firewood moved and stacked. (Deliovery truck couldn't get across my bridge.) There's still one pickup truckload down by the road to be moved, and I have burned a little on 2-3 nights already. I haven't actually measured, but my 4x4 supports at the ground, and the galv. roofing sheets covering the big stack are all 8' long. I'd say close to 3 full cords, all hardwood, cut, split and delivered, $300.
It seems sinful to pay for firewood when I have over 15 acres of woods up the hill behind our house... but you'd need a mule to get it out because of steepness.
It's very easy here and you can cut anywhere that isn't a camping or direct recreation area or being used by a commercial logger. I don't think they have different rules for different parts of the forest. You can take any dead wood, standing or downed.
Yep, I was right. This page has details for all of GW and Jefferson too. You can call your local ranger office to see if there are any additional restrictions in some areas, but I know here there are none. There's a list of the district offices here. http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/passes_permits/wood-permit.pdf
You are allow to gather down and dead wood on the national forest after you obtain a Fuel Wood Permit from a District Office.
Permits cost $20.00 and are good for one year from date of issue. The permit allows you to gather 6 cords of wood from national forest land.
To purchase a permit, you will need to know the year, make, model, color, license plate number, state of issue, and size of truck bed of the vehicle that you will be using to gather fuel wood.
You can obtain a permit at the nearest district office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Forest Service accepts cash, money orders, personal or cashier's checks. No credit cards.
You may also obtain a purchase a permit via mail. Print and mail the attached form to your nearest Ranger District office. Wood Permit Form
Frequently Asked Questions and Directions for Gathering Wood (Adobe .pdf file)
Directions for Gathering Wood on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Please sign and return one copy of the permit to the ranger district office that issued it.
Where can I gather wood on the forest?
Wood can be gathered anywhere on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests EXCEPT:
Marked Timber Sale Areas
Where can I drive my vehicle to get the wood?
Vehicles can only be operated on open roads. Cross country driving is prohibited.
How much wood can be gathered?
You are permitted to gather SIX cords of wood
How much is six cords?
12 loads in a truck with an 8-foot long bed.
18 loads in a truck with a 6-foot long bed.
24 loads in a mini-pickup truck.
Other things to keep in mind
Display your permit on your dashboard while gathering wood.
Make sure you are not on private land. Private land holdings are common within national forest
areas. The boundary between private and public land is normally a three-foot corridor with marked trees on each side. Private land is behind ONE red blaze. National forest land is behind TWO red blazes.
Check page 2 of the permit for other restrictions specific to the ranger district you are cutting on.
It could be that an area where he was cutting went to a contract for timber. The spot where we used to go for years was eventually commercially cut. But there are always plenty of spots to find firewood. We've never had any problem either finding them close to roads where we didn't have to lug the logs far.
$45 to $62 per face cord here in Eau Claire WI. I have ordered 3 FCs at $45 each because the guy is the only one around here with really dry wood. After burning his wood last winter, I wasted $120 having about a cup of soot removed from my chimney!
Two years ago, I bought 3 FCs from a guy in Chippewa Falls. It was so wet that sap & water boiled out the ends when I tried to burn it. To get any fire at all, I had to split the wood to kindling size. The chimney sweep took down a 5-gallon pail of soot!!!! I still have some of his wood & it's still too wet to use.
i went thru wally world the other day and on entering i noticed bags of wood pellets for $4.99 per 40 lbs..that's $250 per ton...wow... i live in upstate n.y on 15 acres of land of which 10 is wooded with mostly hard wood..i had it logged and 61 trees were removed (mostly oak) from which i got about $80 per tree...i then used the tops to heat my place for three years...i burn about 12 face cord per year (4 full cord) ...if i were to cut up that $80 tree trunk they took for lumber i would get about a face cord from that...if i buy fire wood via add in local paper it runs about $40 to $50 per face cord delivered...i can cut and split the equivalent of a full cord for about one gallon of fuel...a chain costs about $18 and hopefully i don't hit a stone...LOL ...now...it is so relaxing to be out in the woods cutting and stacking in mid winter...then splitting in mid spring...what price is that relaxation and the savings by not going to a health spa...and sitting in the living room listening to that fire crackle and watching that fire light up the room at night...WOW...how lucky we are in this part of the country to have all that...and i haven't even, in ten years, looked into the 1000 acres of state land in my back yard...
Most places here are selling pellets for around $280 a ton. The local hardware store where I've been getting mine for years had them for $185 a ton, which was less than what we paid last year.
One tip - pellets are always cheaper in August. The prices always go up after the cold weather hits. So if you can buy early, you'll save a good bit of money.
We don't buy the wood for our woodstove so I can't help on the price of firewood but when we did, I found the same was true - buy early and it's cheaper. If buy really early, you can buy green wood and allow it time to season yourself. That's always cheaper than seasoned wood.
Pickup truck load 8' is selling for $150 in Roanoke, VA. This is seasoned oak 1/2 cord stacked by the truck. I have heard of some a little higher than this. You can always find a lower price but it may not be the best wood.
We just paid $120 for a cord of oak, from a Tree Service co. Picked it up on our trailer and brought it home. We sometimes get oak from trees cut down by neighbors or family and let it cure for the next season. I burn a cord to a cord and a half every winter in my stove that is in my sunroom. We got the stove as an alternative heat and cooking source if we lost power or had a bad ice storm come through. It does happen here. Right now it's 31 degrees at 2:20 in the afternoon. Last night we got down to 26 with sleet.
I have my pipe cleaned every Fall. I'm afraid of fires too. The sweep tells me it always looks good, never much soot, but I still keep it clean.
Hart , You hit a homer with the $20 US Forest permit notice. That's precisely what we do. My neighbor and I go up in the hills about 40 miles due West after plunking down $20 cash for the permit. The permit is for trees that are fallen ... usually due to wind. Cost works out to $25 / cord. We always have more wood than wee need. I have a utility trailer and he has a nice Ford F150 pickup. We take our younger boys and have a great day every couple months in the spring and summer. Kelly
Hart, We've never used up the total quantity of trips allowed in a spring - summer. I think its more like 11 trips. We've gone 4 times in 1 yr at most and brought back 2+ cords each time. $25/cord is practically free and the kids love chasing the Blue racer lizards and chipmunks. I'm more into admiring the botany side of things. It is amazing how many wild flowers are in bloom in the lower Cascade Mtns from May thru July. We go up the Naches River basin to within 30 miles of Mt. Rainier. The permit is good from April thru September. The view is absolutely glorious and the woodsy smells are sensational. We've seen Big Horn Sheep once, several Elk and lots of Mule Deer. Kelly
Split oak here (not as dry as we like it) $100. a cord delivered and stacked. We had old wood we are using up. That was delivered at work and we had another man come to the house and cut about a cord and a half. He used his chainsaw & trailer and his price was $100.
My brother lives in COLD country and has a detached wood burning furnace. He allows the local tree service to dump all their wood on his place. All he has to do is cut it into large pieces to feed the firebox. The price is right!
We won't know how much it will be here this year. Early spring, we took out two large oaks that were damaged by a building fire. It is cut, stacked and drying. Not quite the way we want to get firewood but it won't be wasted.
Guess I'm fortunate. I'm paying $110 a cord delivered for a mix of fir and hardwoods. Also, where they've done a bit of cutting along the highway above us (any that might fall on the road, endangering traffic) we are allowed to take what we want. Son picked up over a cord in the spring, and now that we've finally had some rain and can run the saw again, we'll be gathering more. There's still a lot of wood for the taking, where there's room to pull off the highway.
june_nmexico wrote:We live in Albuquerque and just use our fireplace on weekends during winter. It really does help keep our heating bills down. Our preference is a mix of white oak and cedar, and this year it is $305 a full cord; or $205 for half a cord. What prices are others paying this year?
June - by law in New Mexico they have to stack the wood when you buy it by the cord or 1/2 cord.