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COST OF YOUR FIREWOOD

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mountaineer79, Oct 17, 2008.

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  1. Wrigley

    Wrigley New Member

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    Here in the Berkshires a full cord c,s,d of mixed hardwood is now running $200-250, with some going for nearly double claimed to be seasoned for 2-3 years. Most all of what is left available now is green or nearly so. I bought 6 seasoned cords early from a local farmer for $1000, $167/cord c,s,d and am happy with that. Will buy another 6 green from him in December/January for a prearranged $130/cord to replenish.

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  2. btj1031

    btj1031 New Member

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    Welcome to the forum! You'll have no trouble making lots of friends!
  3. pastera

    pastera Feeling the Heat

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    Just bought the house last year and cut/split 2 cord of standing dead plus split another 1/2 cord from an existing pile.

    Chainsaw (cheap homelite) - $130
    Maul - $25
    Wedges - $10
    fuel & bar oil - $20
    tree lot - $420k

    So that works out to be about $168000 a cord - Do you think I paid too much??
    The tree lot does have a nice building that keeps SWMBO happy as a bonus.

    I just need to change out my Heatilator ZC for somthing that can throw some real heat now.

    Aaron
  4. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I would expect more than 2 and a half cords from a 420K treelot .

    Sure that isn't a cranberry bog ?
  5. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    Well if you look at the total cost...

    Half of pickup (Other half for home repairs) - $750.00

    Two Chainsaws - $1000.00

    Misc Saw Equipment/Safety - $300.00

    Stoves, Pipe Ect - $2800.00

    Total Cost - $4850.00

    Amortized over 5 years now, include cost of permit @ $5.00/cord

    $990/yr. right now and falling

    Average cost of gas heat per month w/high efficiency furnace $225.00 @ $11.00/MMBtu

    Average Heating months per year - 6

    Yearly heating cost on Natural Gas ~$1350.00

    So Right now my yearly savings since I have broken even is ~$1200 if you include pickup gas, Chainsaw gas, permits and various small items

    My time is not included, however since I'm salary I can't just work more hours.
  6. pastera

    pastera Feeling the Heat

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    Should have put smiley's - the "tree lot" is the 3.5 acres my house sits on. Around here that's a cheap price for a 3.5 acre lot and medium sized house. My last house sat on 1/4 acre and had exactly one tree for >300K and I would have cut that evil thing down (the tree) if the town would have let me!
  7. bonsaicook

    bonsaicook Member

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    Here in Delaware, I just paid $400 for 3 1/2 real cords, delivered. It was comprised of about 40% red oak, 20% Black Gum, 20% Tulip Poplar, and the rest is Black Locust and Cherry. Been dealing with this dude for 2 years now, very satisfied. Cuts my logs a little extra long for me, since I can fit 22".
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    cut my own, but can cost alot to buy the tools to get the job done. Beating the gas man price less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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