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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by DaveGunter, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. DaveGunter

    DaveGunter Member

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    Seems like there are a lot of folks who scrounge quite a bit of wood. Sounds like a great idea to me, but I have yet to have much luck locating anything. I was just wondering where do you get most of your leads for these scrounges, CL, local businesses, etc? Just trying to put my radar out, looking for hints.

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  2. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    Craigslist
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  3. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    I have had good luck placing a wanted ad on CL. Something to the effect I heat my home with a woodstove and coould use more firewood. Have fallen trees? or excess firewood ?etc. Also, let people know at work your a woodburner. Word travels fast when people want something cleaned up or removed.
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  4. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Myself.....I watch Craigs List, and hit the streets for a week after storms....listen for Chainsaws, or wood chippers in the nieghborhood....word of mouth is the biggest for me, I tell everybody I know.
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  5. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    I get mine from the local compost sites, construction sites where new homes are being built, and mostly just by keeping my eyes open for it while driving around and finding out who owns the property and asking them if I can have the wood or at least some of it-I'd say the answer is "yes" about 90 % of the time as they say "one man's garbage is another man's treasure"...

    Good luck-just keep your eyes open when driving especially in the wooded areas and ask for permission!

    Oh, just come down to PA. and you'll have wood from Sandy for the next 6 years....
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  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    q1.jpg Craglist is the first place to start. Depending on your equiment. I have not look for tree work in over 5 years. People find me after they figure out how much it is to move a monster tree. Heck far as that goes I have done just trunks is the last 2 years. All with mini trucks too! :p
  7. bluedogz

    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    I've made great scores just by asking, especially in my neighborhood which is heavily wooded. See a tree down, or being downed, pull over and ask.

    Also, keep your eyes open. Scored a spitload of hickory after seeing a crew clearing the access road for overhead power lines.
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  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Around our area all one has to do is drive around. There are thousands of cord of wood going to waste. I've seen this in most areas, just not quite to the extreme we have it here right now. So one spots some dead trees and you simply stop to ask.
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  9. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Craigslist, listening for chainsaws/chippers in the neighborhood,even the pre-internet way of watching for stuff stacked at curbside when driving to & fro different places.I still get an occasional call from someone wanting one removed also.

    Once you put the word out,you'll be set for a long time.It can be hit or miss though,only wood I wont cut or bring home is that effing nasty Ailanthus.<>
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  10. Tuneighty

    Tuneighty Member

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    Never rule out Social Media. My first scrounge was from a post on Facebook.
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  11. certified106

    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    There are a bunch around here to but half the people think they are sitting on a gold mine! One guy wanted to charge me $100 to cut a cherry tree up that had fallen in his front yard, his reasoning for that was that it saved me money not having to pay to heat my house. I told him it didn't work that way and he called me a few weeks later and said he rethought it and I could just have it if I wanted. My guess is no one wanted to pay for firewood and then have to process it...lol
  12. amateur cutter

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    Nice to see you're sticking to the small & medium sized stuff there Jay. Guys our age shouldn't be working those big suckers any more.::-) A C
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  13. suprz

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    This is my first year with the new woodstove, so no real supply of firewood. After hurricane sandy there was a oak that fell on my street, i saw the property owner out cutting it up. I asked him if he was going to keep it and sadly he was. But he said that there was a lady up the street that had a big pine blow down and he was going to cut it up for her along with 8 oak trees in her yard, he said if i took the pine, that i could also take the oak for free!! Well, i now have at least a cord of pine waiting to be split, and i am looking for a place to put all that oak, and the black locust from a blowdown during hurricane irene. I just wish i had seasoned firewood for this year.
  14. bluedogz

    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    How on Earth did you keep a straight face?
  15. curber

    curber Feeling the Heat

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    I started out talking to all the tree services I could find. Hooked up with one and now they keep me in all the wood I want. Pat
  16. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Just drive around here back in the mountain road.
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  17. certified106

    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    That doesn't happen much around here....The few tree service companies that there are usually burn wood themselves then split and sell the rest of it.
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  18. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I had a tree company want to hire me. They wanted me to move all the weight to there place stack and split it all. In return it was a 50/50 split on the money! ;lol
  19. Got Wood

    Got Wood Minister of Fire

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    All good comments. I'll add, word of mouth - let it be known to all that you want wood. Then when an opportunity presents itself, act fast and never say NO (well I'll rephrase that to be "I'm always interested, whats the deal?"). Its amazing how opportunities present themselves.
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  20. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    +1
  21. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    I have had some luck with Ebay especially during the warmer months when no-one looks for firewood - (unless you are a member on here :).)

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