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Pellet Prices- We are doing it to ourselves....

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Ossy, Oct 26, 2008.

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  1. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Drives me nuts, I wish they would do away with the terms "face cord" and "ricks".

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  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Me too. It's regional. Most people here never heard of a full cord.
  3. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Wrong forum. We speak pellet speak here,
    not cord wood. ;-P :)
  4. DiggerJim

    DiggerJim Feeling the Heat

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    Also to consider is what kind of wood (softwood weighs less per cord and has a lot less BTUs than hardwood) and where it came from. Seasoned red oak has nearly 3700 lbs/cord and 24 million BTUs. Douglas Fir only has 2900 lbs/cord and 18 million BTUs. That means a cord of doug fir should cost 25% less than a cord of oak. Usually not the case (or you get the "mixed" cord of who knows how much of what you're getting). Even hardwoods are way different - Osage Orange has 4700 lbs/cord (33 million BTUs), hickory is 4300 lbs and 28 million BTUS. We see a lot of maple & sycamore here - both of which are within a couple of % of pine in terms of weight/BTUs.

    Also, if the woodcutter can get it free (like state forest cutting) then he's gonna have a lower cost basis. Same with if he gets it local & delivers locally - less fuel cost.

    BTW, cedar & Ohio Buckeye are about the only firewoods that don't weigh at least a ton/cord. That means anyone who delivers your "cord" in anything less than a 1 ton truck might be shorting you (or they're wrecking their truck).
  5. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    Most wood here is cherry, oak, maple and ash if there is any softwood by law here they must state it.
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