When I am sizing up opportunities for "free" wood (nothing is free, IMO), I usually evaluate two criteria - one way distance, and access/loading considerations. I have used an arbitrary distance of ~25 miles as a limit, based on the cost of fuel for my wood getter. My '73 IH has a 5 yd box, 7x9x3, and easiliy hauls a full cord+ (factoring out dead space loss for rounds). I will not load it abot the top of the extension boards, and usually keep it below that level for safety (others, not mine). The IH gets about 7mpg loaded (8 empty- LOL). If I am paying $2.20/gallon for gas (my local price as of today), a load of wood costs me ~$16.00 load (round trip fuel costs). W&T;on the truck is additional to that, of course, but it's not really that much for as heavy duty at truck as mine. Am I being too cheap? Should I consider going farther for "free" wood? The cost for the oil/gas for the saws is not a factor in the decision, since that cost is the same whether I am in my back yard or 100 miles away. The other factor is time, since the old IH does not do much better than about 50mph, trips take time. However, my time is my investment in the process, and the process is something I truly enjoy, so there is still value to me in taking the time to get & process wood. I know this is really a subjective question, and all I am really looking for is other's perspectives. Thanks for stopping by.