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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cogger, Oct 4, 2008.

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  1. cogger

    cogger Member

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    I am looking for a blacklist of bad firewood suppliers. The ones to stay away from. The idiot I ordered from last Aug. has not made a delivery date as promissed after 3 other calls since then. Has one excuse after another, New supplier as well in my area. Just thought I'd try him out but does not seem promising. Thankfully I have not paid yet but it's getting chilly

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  2. gary

    gary New Member

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    I'm getting the impression from reading many of the posts here that the suppliers up in your part of the country have been pretty much overwhelmed. It doesn't make for a good prognosis: high prices, lack of inventory, and somewhat late in the year to buy seasoned wood. Hopefully, the weather this winter will be easier on you guys than last.
  3. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Drive by their place before making an order. You can pretty much tell from his operation and inventory if they are a fly by night or are in it for the long haul.
    My delivery list right now is 6 weeks out. It is late in the year and even with a reliable supplier you'll need to have patience. Place an order next spring and you'll be sure to have it by fall.
  4. Girl

    Girl New Member

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    Ordering in August is late, demand seems to be higher this year than last.
    It is also a good idea to have a relationship with at least 3 suppliers too.
  5. sapratt

    sapratt Feeling the Heat

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    I think some people don't realize the waiting list to get wood. So when they call and can't get wood right away they get mad or
    think they're getting the run around. Not saying that is what is happening here. But for a few months now I've been reading
    how backed up these guys are.
  6. cogger

    cogger Member

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    I understand the early order and wait system and how it works. But When I am told "ok, see you next week" 3 times over there is a management problem. Bad business for them. Especially a new supplier.
  7. downeast

    downeast Guest

    Time to stop whining Phil, and get out of the Poker chair. %-P
    It's late but you can scrounge, beg, search, ask, hump some wood....if you want it. There's no part of North America where there is no firewood available (double negative for you grammar nazis). Kind of poor planning ?
    Do some homework for species and good dead wood that can be burnt without seasoning. Saw, maul, gloves, trunk, real work.
    Like Poker players, some wood suppliers are good, some not so....and some may have too much business to bother. It's their and your choice. :bug: Think: the firewood business is tough work, low margins, dangerous.....and whiny customers who wait, and wait, and wait.......
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