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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Mr A, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    I decided to sell some of my good dry firewood, and people want to buy it, for $300 a cord delivered and stacked! I can use the cash, of course, but I feel like I'm giving my dog away.

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  2. StihlHead

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    Yes, my precious!
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  3. NYLumberjack914

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    I would charge wquote="Mr A, post: 1525879, member: 19810"]I decided to sell some of my good dry firewood, and people want to buy it, for $300 a cord delivered and stacked! I can use the cash, of course, but I feel like I'm giving my dog away.[/quote]
    i would charge a lot more then$300 if your delivering and stacking it. don't u think so
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  4. Backwoods Savage

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    $300 sounds like a good price. Go for it and then you have some extra cash to use.
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  5. Mr A

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    I would like to charge more, getting it sold is a different story. $300 is a bit more than current average cost of $200 cord. Maybe I'll try a craigslist ad at $400, I doubt the phone will ring.
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    [Whatquote="Mr A, post: 1525961, member: 19810"]I would like to charge more, getting it sold is a different story. $300 is a bit more than current average cost of $200 cord. Maybe I'll try a craigslist ad at $400, I doubt the phone will ring.[/quote] what ever makes the people buying the wood happy would make me happy so go for it. make that money and enjoy spending it
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  7. JOHN BOY

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    I doubt you'll get anyone to buy it for 400. I actually surprised you got 300. down here in NC. most people were iam at buy it buy the log load.
  8. StihlHead

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    Ha, in California they get a lot of $$$ for firewood anywhere near the SF bay area. Also there is little to no logging in the SF area, so no logs to be had there. 'Taint the South, the NE or the PNW.
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  9. Mr A

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    I've been giving this some thought. The stove dealers . It gets cold, people start thinking about getting a new wood stove for the first time, but they don't have any wood to burn in it yet. Yea, city people. The same people that pay 10 bucks for a few splits at the convenience store
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  10. pen

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    I've said for years, that a dealer who wants to sell EPA stoves in an area (like where I live) where the vast majority of people still think old school technology is king, would be worth their efforts to provide a face cord of truly seasoned wood to use with their new stoves.

    Too often I see a new stove on craigslist because it doesn't burn like their old xxx stove did :(

    Too many aren't informing their clientele of what they have to gain, and proving it to them.

    Good fuel (well seasoned) is worth what it takes to make it so! The price for selling it as such should reflect it!

    You put the time in stacking it and took up the real-estate to get it well seasoned, that's certainly worth more $$

    pen
  11. Mr A

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    I lived in Santa Clara several years. The orchards are gone. Replaced with low rise office space, apartments. "Open Space" is preserved, revered, something people visit. Bay Area is the concrete jungle, the center of Idiocracy.
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  12. StihlHead

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    Yep. I lived there when there were orchards and vineyards all over the south bay. I also burned a lot of wood that we cleared to make room for them to plant condos and strip malls. The last of the cherry orchards were cut down in Sunnyvale before I moved back to Oregon to build a new Keiser hospital complex on Lawrence at Stevens Creek.
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  13. Jon1270

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    I'd bet you could charge more per cord, but not for full cords. The occasional, purely ambiance/recreational burner, people with hobby wood-fired bread or pizza ovens, etc. that are doing well if they go through half of a face cord per winter would probably bite. You might not *make* any more per cord, since your delivery costs won't shrink in proportion to the load size, but you could charge more.
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    Maybe $250 delivered and $350 delivered & stacked? I agree $300 is too little if it includes stacking; that's a lot of work!
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  15. Mr A

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    Yea, I touched this wood enough already! If they want dry, split wood, they can come and get it themselves. I have the gold, I don't need to deliver it. Change of plan.
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    I thought you to be much younger. No foul, live on brother.I worked on building some chip manufacturing facility, KLA Tencor, if I can remember the name correctly, At the site of a meat slaughtering and packing facility, locally known as the "slaughter house" Two story concrete tilt ups took its place, surrounded by citrus orchard in 2001
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    here in northern indiana I can get mixed hardwood CSS/delivered for $185. I wouldn't do it for that.
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    "seasoned" hardwood is 250.00 all oak is 400.00 here.
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    While I don't absolve the stove seller of their responsibilities even the bottom of the line insert I have has a manual that states.

    "Seasoned dense wood is recommended. Wood should be air dried in a covered ventilated area for
    six months to a year or more. This reduces the moisture content of the wood, resulting in better
    insert performance. Wood species with a moisture content of 20% or less are ideal."

    As for people not reading the manual all I can say is if you are installing a device in your house that is designed to contain fire than you ought to know as much as you can about it. As for dealers supplying it you'd think that would be a no brainer. I know the coal stove people carry coal so why don't the wood people secure seasoned wood, mark it up and then they'd have customer base who knew where they could get the good stuff on demand and would be willing to pay more for it. I guess there isn't enough profit margin and too much storage space required.

    As for OP here is DE "seasoned hardwood" goes $180 sometimes delivered sometimes not based on CL adds, but wood is fairly available here for free (not counting your labor). The question is what is your time worth and what is the replacement cost of the wood you are selling.
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    I see CL ads in this range as well for a cord of seasoned hardwood (not stacked). What are the odds you get a cord of wood dumped from a guy on CL, and it actually stacks to a full cord?
  22. StihlHead

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    My family moved to California from Oregon in the mid 1960s. It was a different world there then. California was a great place to live up until about... 1990. Then it got very crammed, very expensive, and all very fast. Before high tech moved into the San Jose area, there were a lot of tanneries, slaughter houses, fruit packing plants, and many many square miles of orchards and vineyards. There was also the Ford and Chevy auto plants in Milpitas and Fremont, and a lot of open space. Rural agriculture was predominant before the Santa Clara Valley became the Silicon Valley.
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  23. bryan

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    All the more reason you'd think some could profit from being a reputable dealer. I personally haven't bought wood other than a tip for a load of free logs dropped off next to my wood pile.
  24. StihlHead

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    Only load of firewood I bought here the guy arrived with a stake-side trailer loaded with the wood, stacked tight. Trailer had one cord, fair and square, and verified on delivery. 2 year dry DF too. No BS. The best firewood cord I have ever seen or bought. One cord of dry firewood. Lasted nearly 2 months.
  25. Mr A

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    It was a ;lot of work delivering 2-1/2 cords today, I can barely haul 1/2 cord at a time in my pickup, luckily they were close. First delivery wanted 1 cord, then they wanted another when I delivered a full 4'x4'x8' seasoned cord of oak. Funny thing about it was the guy had a 1-ton pick up for hauling his horses around, horse trailer too! Some folks just don't want to do the work to get the wood. Then I delivered a half cord to suburban home owner. My wallet $650 dollars fatter for 12 hours of loading and delivering today.I never kept track of the time already invested collecting splitting and stacking.
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