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Is this a decent deal on log length wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by fatalbie, May 15, 2009.

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  1. fatalbie

    fatalbie Member

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    I have the tree guys at my house taking down some pine. In hind sight and upon doing some reading I should have asked them to leave it. They did have a bunch of oak and maple on the log truck, about half a load I estimate 30" and down to about 8" in dia. I asked what they were doing with it and he said they sell by the log truck load. Said $400 a load and a load is about 6-7 cord all hard wood oak, maple. Obviously green but I have about 3 cord from last year that should get me through the winter. I have no idea what a cord is when it comes to log length but the stuff looks clean of debris and NO IVY.
    Anyone know how much a log truck holds and if this is a decent price?

    I live in MA and split cords decent wood are probably 200-250 from the guys I use.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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  2. smokinj

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    JIm, I think that is a great deal. I know my wood supplier is smaller than others, but also charges a lot less....He gets for $150-$175 green c/s and $700 for a 7 cord log length delivery.
    6-7 cords for $400? I'd be all over that provided it is all hardwood. Sounds like this is your man.
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    Jim , That's a good deal .Around here (w. Pa.) it cost between $550-650 for that same sort of load .
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    hey buddy!!!!!
    are you in western mass?
    400 is a great price for 6-7 cd but dont wait because it could be awhile before he can get to your house so jump on it now
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    There is a lot of "air" in a log cord and there is a variable loss of actual cordage usually between 10 and 20%. Since you are the one doing the cutting and splitting then there should be a lower price than for wood that has been processed. This link (http://www.chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm) lists some btu's of cord wood and will help to figure the value for your area. To get green unprocessed cord wood at below $70 per cord is a good deal worth repeating especially when it is delivered.
  7. Stevebass4

    Stevebass4 Minister of Fire

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    yes it's a good deal in mass - that's what i pay for 6 cord in log length and as Iceman said jump on it now because you never know when you're going to get the next load
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    anytime wood works out less than 100 bucks a cd IN MASS its a good price....... cheap csd is usually 150 a cord green starting..
    so if i can get a cord at least cut to length for 100 or less i am taking it regardless.. part of it is already done.. me personally i dont like buying log length and paying 800-1000 and i gotta do all the work for 8 cords ...i would if it was 10-12 though. but that is HERE IN MASS if i lived somewhere eles then naturally the market changes.... but as i said before buy it dont worry and get another load from him... if you have space ... ask him for 3 loads for 1000-1100 having wood is money in the bank... plus you can get ahead then resort to scrounging cause you will be so far ahead
    last year i had to split almost about 6-8 cords mostly by hand in less than a month because the wood came late (lmay) and i didnt have alot for this past winter so to have a chance at burning needed to go split quick... this year 4+ cords been split since last may... with 2+ split over the winter ..so now i cqn focus on going over picking up rounds from people here and there as i wont burn it tilllate '10 early11 what a difference no pressure.... so just get as much as you can afford from him
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