Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by woodslinger, Sep 14, 2009.
Where do you guys pick up kiln dried wood for kindling?
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Don't know if they're kiln-dried, but pallets break up nicely, burn very hot, and are available for free all over the place.
Offcuts from local lumber yard (NOT Home Dope-Oh, Low-Bloez, etc.), w/ their own milling equipment. In my case, Northridge Lumber (http://www.northridgelumberco.com/p-25-Home.aspx). Only about 1/2 the offcuts will be kiln-dried, the rest will be green and some will be treated (which I discard). The green stuff seasons quickly wnen cut to the size of dimensional off-cuts.
BUT ... I only go there when I am actually buying something. Then, in the warm months (most of the year in So. Calif.), they'll let me go through the off-cut bin (so I can avoid most of the treated wood anyway). This year, I've gone exactly once and I got a fairly full Ranger-load (1994 Ranger, the small one, not the pre-1980's, Rangers which were full size p/u's).
The rest of my kindlin' is sticks I've gathered around my yard or when scrounging, and "splitting scraps".
We have a hard wood only lumbar yard here in town and they occasionally set out their unsellable boards. A friend of mine saw them out one day and I went and picked up a pick up load of pecan and now have enough kindling for the next 5 years.
any large new home builders putting up new allotments in your area? dumpsters are full of pine around here
I agree, scrap pine makes great kindling and can be had for free if you look.
I scrounge at construction sites. The builders love when I pull up. They don't have to pay tippage at the burn plant.
Cabinetmakers turn out a lot of odd pieces of mostly nicely dried unfinished hardwoods. They typically have to pay to have all these scraps hauled away. Sometimes you'll see them on craigslist. Look around, ask around, call around. Rick
I'm one of the lucky ones. My in-laws are general contractors, so they are always hauling home cutoffs and other odds and ends that end up in a scrap/burn pile. I simply make a pass through the pile when I'm out there and take what I can find. Also helps that I usually have some sort of project going on at home that leaves me quite a bit of scraps to split up.
Hardwood floor installers. Leave a bin for them to fill with cut-offs, etc. Visit a cabinetry shop and do the same.
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