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Should I feel bad?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by higginscl, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. higginscl

    higginscl Member

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    Saturday I had a guy stop and ask if I sold firewood. He sees my stacks every day and had been wanting to stop and ask and finally did so. I said well I don't but if you want some Ill sell some I guess. He just wanted to use it for his fire pit so I gave him enough to cover the bottom of a short box truck. It was all cottonwood that I gave him and charged him $25. He seemed very thankful but I felt bad just giving him nasty cottonwood.

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  2. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    The only problem I see is you have Cottonwood in your stacks :p
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  3. higginscl

    higginscl Member

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    Right after I posted this I was wondering who would be the first one to say that.;lol
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  4. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    No worries, I think it belongs in a fire pit. Now you can replace it with some better wood. A win win. :)
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes you should feel bad. I would have charged YOU a $25 dumping fee.;lol
  6. ScotO

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    Dammit, blujacket beat me to it!!;)
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  7. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    ;lol
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    :p
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  9. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Does it burn hot and fast? Might be good in the fire pit; I use a lot of Pine for outside fires....

    The only thing you did wrong was not giving him a good enough deal so that you could have gotten rid of all of the Crottenwood. ==c
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  10. higginscl

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    Im almost ashamed to say it but if I gave away all my crottenwood id be down to almost half of what I have accumulated so far.:( On a bright side my tree service guys just dropped off a load with some honey locust and maple:) about half and half. But of course there is the obligatory bunch of crottenwood wood that always seems to end up on the truck but ill take the good with the bad.
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  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    You can burn cottonwood with no problems. It's just not a good wood for burning during the cold nights when you need a longer fire. You did fine.
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  12. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    If the two of you agreed on the price and he didn't care what he was getting you did fine. You would have felt bad if you gave him some good hard wood that you may need this winter. No harm no foul.
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  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Seems fair enough . . . especially since this was a wood that would work well for a fire pit. I suspect he probably left thinking he got a decent deal with a fair amount of wood at a fair price compared to what he may have paid at the local grocery store for the plastic wrapped stuff.

    And yeah . . . it may have been a low value wood . . . but it is still future heat and you did put the same amount of labor into processing it and getting it split that you did with all the rest of the wood.

    In the end . . . all that matters is if both you as the seller and he as the buyer felt they had a fair trade of money and product.
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  14. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

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    Jake is right on. Did it cost any less time & money to process the Cottonwood? Trees on the ground are yardwaste till somebody gets em bucked, split, & stacked. A C
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  15. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    If he didn't know anything about wood types he probably wouldn't appreciate oak or ash anyway. You actually did him a favor.
    When burning that cottonwood his fire pit will be blazing. Not very long but blazing.
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  16. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I prefer lightweight woods like Cottonwood for fire pits. It will burn fast and hot, you get to add logs to the fire often, and it doesn't create tons of coals that are hard to extinguish.
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  17. bigbarf48

    bigbarf48 Minister of Fire

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    I like cottonwood for firepit use. Sounds like a fine deal to me!
  18. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    he sounds like a happy customer!! help your fellow wood burners out when you can because i've read some great stories on here about very kind people helping us out with wood.
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    +1
    Sounds like both parties are happy.
    Great deal.
  20. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    poplar and white pine is preferred firepit wood here in back yards and campgrounds.
    It burns quick which is usually what you want and need. A quick hot entertaining fire for a couple of hours and then go to bed.

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