Do people here buy or process their own wood?

raybonz Posted By raybonz, Sep 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM


How many process their own wood supply?

  1. I process all of my wood supply.

  2. I buy my wood supply C\S\D.

  3. I buy most of my wood and do some myself.

  4. I buy some and process most of my wood.

  5. I buy log length then process it.

  6. I buy cut rounds and split it myself.

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  1. firewoodjunky


    Sep 18, 2010
    Central/Western MA
    I do 100% processing, I used to scrounge/pull some dead and down off of my 4 acres, but just recently purchased an adjoining 20 acre lot so now I just head into the back twenty to get what I need. I really enjoy being in the woods, it's a great work out, and being inherently stingy, I would hesitate to turn the oil burner on to take the chill out of the house. Since I have my own fuel supply, I just fire up the stove - or in the dead of winter keep her chugging along 24/7. Right now I have somewhere around 18 to 20 cords cut, split and stacked

    I would agree with the purchasing peoples opinions though, it's super time consuming. But, if I am not working, watching my daughter or walking the dog, I'm cutting. I would rather work on the house or cut wood than watch TV or whatever, but I say that now, I am in good health and relatively young, if/when that changes, so will my opinion of buying versus processing.

    Scrounging was OK before I had the little one, now it would be too hard to coordinate looking at a scrounge/hauling it out in a timely enough manner that I wouldn't either lose all the good scrounges or get stuck with the dregs of a scrounge.

    Just my two cents.
  2. Bigg_Redd

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 19, 2008
    Shelton, WA
    Burning wood is messy, and tending a fire is a hassle compared to adjusting a thermostat. If I had to pay for wood I'd just save myself the mess and the hassle.
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  3. Mr A

    Mr A
    Minister of Fire

    Nov 18, 2011
    N. California
    Interesting. I read once somewhere eucalyptus was imported to the U.S with the idea of using the hard wood , and fast growth for railroad ties and mine shoring. The twisted grain didn't work so well for that idea. Raol road ties aree hard wood, but aren't they soaked in chemicals?
  4. Gark

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 27, 2007
    SW Michigan
    About 1/4 of the current supply was purchased. The rest is scounges, begging, word-of-mouth, our own, friends, neighbors and the like. I respectfully decline free poplar or willow.
  5. Bmdoss

    New Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Missouri Ozarks
    These are the ends when they are cut to size before they are treated..

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  6. gmule

    Feeling the Heat

    Feb 9, 2011
    Conifer Colorado
    I cut and split all of my wood. I would say 80% comes from the land I live on and the rest comes from neighbors that don't burn the dead trees on thier property. I will also pick up stuff from craigslist if it is close by.
  7. schlot

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 21, 2011
    100% scrounge....I think it makes it fun for me, but of course my volume needs are pretty low compared to some people here.
  8. Thistle

    Minister of Fire

    Dec 16, 2010
    Central IA
    Cut & split (manually) about 90% of my wood from parents acreage,keeping it neat & tidy in spare time.Remaining 10% is a mix of the occasional CL scrounge,doing favors for others & once in a while a paid job also.Roughly 3-4 cords/yr in a 'normal' winter season.Last winter being so mild,I barely burned 2 cords from November to early April.
  9. fossil

    Accidental Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Bend, OR
    Oh shoot...someone seems to have taken my adjoining 30-acre private woodlot. <> Now, who could it have been, and where might they have put it? :rolleyes:
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    Not a lot of dollars spent here for the firewood. Yes, I have an atv and trailer for hauling but those are used more for other things than they are for wood hauling so can't figure much cost there. Live in the woods so don't have to go far to cut wood. Saw is about 10 years old or thereabouts. Splitter is over 20 years old. Man is much older. Did our own installs on every stove we've had. We'll continue to burn wood hopefully for the rest of our lives. If I get to the point where I can not physically handle the cutting, I know plenty who would come in to do it free. Of course that would be tough and I'd rather have someone cut on shares. Hopefully we won't need to do that.

    Most times we have 5-7 years worth of wood on hand but it varies as we sell some and give some away. If all winters were like last year's, we'd probably have 10-15 years worth of wood on hand most of the time.
  11. corey21

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 28, 2010
    Soutwest VA
    I try to keep from buying firewood unless it is in rounds maybe.

    Been out today processing some poplar for 2013-2014 winter.
  12. red oak

    red oak
    Minister of Fire

    Sep 7, 2011
    northwest Virginia

    Not sure about that line of thinking. Certainly if you buy wood you want to plan ahead since it's hard to buy it properly seasoned. Now I cut all of my own wood, either on my own 7 acres or in the National Forest, which for me is 10 minutes away. I do it mostly by myself, and split it all by hand. It is time-consuming certainly, but it also saves money and is good exercise, and I enjoy getting out in the woods. I also enjoy the feeling in December that it's my hard work keeping the house warm and keeping our heating bill at 0. Having said that, not everyone has the time to do all the work themselves, not everyone wants to, and not everyone is physically able to. Comes down to time vs. money - do you want to save the time and pay more, or save the money and spend a lot more time working up the pile? I opt to save the money, work on the wood supply when I can throughout the year, and then use the money I saved to pay for summer vacations so I don't feel guilty about spending so much on them!
  13. rideau

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 12, 2012
    southern ontario
    That's a great arrangement.
  14. colin.p

    Burning Hunk

    Feb 26, 2011
    Ottawa Canada
    I buy all my wood cut, split and dumped in my yard. I don't have the time, energy, patience, confidence, or ability to cut my own. However, I have a bad feeling that with all the various bugs that are killing certain species of trees, not too mention that wood burning is not so politically correct with the upper echelons of society, that buying/transporting wood may be harder to obtain in the not too distant future.
    Then again, I can't see how the cash crazed nutters at parliament hill will allow the buying/selling of fuel without getting revenue from it. I am quite sure someone is working on the issue at this very moment.
  15. Beardog


    Jan 13, 2011
    NW CT
    100% scrounged
  16. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck
    Minister of Fire

    Feb 26, 2009
    Central PA
    I scrounge all of my own wood. Some of it I cut down if a friend wants a tree removed (it has to be an easy drop) some I am given after it is cut down, and the largest share I simply pick up from the curb. I keep my eyes open and it seems to work well enough that I manage to stay three years ahead.
  17. flatlandr


    Oct 29, 2010
    Berks County PA
    I guess you could say I scrounge all my wood. I'm a surveyor for an excavating company so whenever a job-site needs to be cleared I get first dibs for firewood. Even if some goes for timber the clearing crew will stack some to the side for me. I usually get around 9-10 cords a year this way. I burn 3-4, my mom burns 2 and the rest goes in the firewood bank for the future.
  18. remkel

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 21, 2010
    Southwest NH
    I used to scrounge, but my schedule now does not allow enough time. This year I ordered a grapple load and processed two years of wood. In two years I will get another grapple load.

    Never wanted to buy wood, but had to accept the reality of life.
  19. nate379


    If I had forested land perhaps I'd cut the wood, though it's still a bunch of work, makes a mess and to work effectively would need a dozer, skidder or decent sized tractor to skid the wood out.

    Tree length dropped off 10 cords at a time runs me $120/cord.

    This year I bought 20 cords. Sold 16 cords (10 green and 6 seasoned from last year) to a few people for a total of $3500. It paid for all my wood, a splitter and made a dent on a Stihl 460.

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  20. Shadow&Flame

    Minister of Fire

    Jun 6, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    Depends on the year and how much I have processed/scrounged. I have a guy who will sell me a heavy cord of Red oak C/S/S for 150 delivered.
    Its around 22-23" long so it comes out to about 180cf. I often buy from him just because its cheaper and he is a good guy.... For the most part its
    around 50/50 with me depending on how I feel and if I have any downed/damaged trees. This year I will be burning 100% of scrounged/processed
  21. billb3

    Minister of Fire

    Dec 14, 2007
    SE Mass
    I have a treed acre and a 20 acre parcel next door.
    Mostly pine unfortunately . It's a little more work but it's fairly easy more work.
    Enough oak so far though.
    I wouldn't have a problem with someone dumping a purchased load of splits in the driveway as I've done that when I was younger and lived elsewhere. It's certainly easier.
    I've also burned busted up pallets in a fireplace when NG was horribly expensive and that's a lot of work, too.

    Feeling the Heat

    May 17, 2012
    We cut it all on our place.
  23. f3cbboy

    Feeling the Heat

    Jan 19, 2009
    rockland county, NY
    i scrounge 100%. I have since i was about 13. where i live is not rural. I have only fallen about a dozen trees in my whole life. there is sooooo much wood lying around you just have to go and get it. sometimes the good members of this forum share their good fortunes with others... this place is great.
  24. raybonz

    Minister of Fire

    Feb 5, 2008
    Carver, MA.
    If I lived out your way I'd be hauling wood with all the storm damage in your area. Around here we've been lucky so far so I just buy my wood at $185.00 a cord c\s\d which is a pretty decent deal in my opinion. I live on 1.75 acres with perhaps 1/3 of that wooded and I want to keep it that way.. If a decent hardwood tree drops I'll chop it up and stack it but otherwise I leave it alone. Have a friend who lives out your way that wants to install a wood stove and he told me there is loads of wood out his way I believe he lives in Ashburnham, MA. I advised that he start grabbing all the wood he can and get it cut, split and stacked off the ground so he will be ready when he gets his stove.


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