Time to cut one cord of wood

48rob Posted By 48rob, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM

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  1. Lumber-Jack

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    Rob you’ve clearly revealed some of the realities of trying to make a viable business from selling firewood on a small scale, although if you start taking into account vehicle and equipment maintenance and depreciation the prospects look even bleaker.
    For all intents and purposes the only way I think one could make decent profit selling firewood would be to go big. Have wood delivered to a yard by the truck load, invest in one of those large machines where you feed the logs and it bucks and splits it all the same time, and have a conveyer belt that dumps it into a large delivery truck.
    Of course by the time you invest in all that equipment and spend a few months of hard work trying to figure out how to run it all efficiently as possible with the minimum number of break downs, all the while trying to build up the huge customer base you’ll need to support such a large scale operation, you’ll probably start feeling a little burned out and start asking yourself why you got into this in the first place. :eek:hh:

    I’ll stick with cutting wood just for personal use a few times a year. ;-P
     
  2. snowleopard

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    So here I was enjoying a leisurely Saturday morning hanging out on the forums and waiting for the sun to get a little higher before I went out to work on that pile of rounds that needs splitting and stacking.

    Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    This is me gettin' dressed to go out and get some work done. . .
     
  3. Backwoods Savage

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    On the other hand, if you just want to bring in a few hundred dollars every year then a processor would not be the way to go. For example, I cut very slow. Well, I do everything pretty darned slow any more; not by choice but by necessity. I do sell a bit every year and a few hundred dollars can come in handy, especially when paying the land taxes. I do not have much wrapped up in equipment with just a small saw and a small splitter and haul the wood with a small trailer behind the atv. The atv and trailer get used for much more than hauling wood but the saw and splitter are just for the wood. Not much investment but then, I do not plan on selling a lot of wood either. It just all depends on what your needs are I guess.
     
  4. smokinj

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    Small piles would be much faster. Maybe lay down some gravle and pile it. You dont want to do monster piles but a couple cords high.
     
  5. 48rob

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    Would it dry enough in the middle/bottom in 8-12 months, or would I be sitting on it for 1-1/2 years?

    We started out doing ricks (8' x 4' x 16") and have 17 just in this pic, and several more cords waiting to be stacked.
    Putting it in a pile would save a good bit of time...

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  6. smokinj

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    Running like you are is how a wood burner would do it! With that said you are not going to be perfect and think you can even break even. I would use a 100-200 foot of gravle pile 3-4 foot high 10 foot across. It will be fine unless it oak. Selling it I would be selling by the way I can haul it. (pick-up or trailer load) You will soon learn if you listen to the wood burner you will be paying them to burn your wood! lol
     
  7. Lumber-Jack

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    It's a labor of love Dennis. :)
    However, including your atv and splitter in your list of equipment brings your overhead up substantially higher than mine. Personal use aside, how many cords of wood do you figure you would have to sell before you break even?
     
  8. snowleopard

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    Dennis,

    I don't mean to be presumptuous here, but this part of your post caught my eye. In this area, there are several property tax exemptions available. The ones listed below apply to this borough; whether they are typical or not, I do not know. It might be worth looking into to see if you qualify. Just sayin'.

    Senior Citizens 65years of age or older, up to $150,000 on residence
    Disabled Veterans with a 50% or more disability
    Military non-resident personnel residing in a mobile home
    Farm Use Lands actively engaged in agriculture
    2% exemption for approved fire protection systems
    Non-profit exemption on property used exclusively for religious, charitable, cemetery, hospital or educational purposes
    Owner-occupied residential exemption, 20% or $20,000, whichever is less
    Additional residential exemption for Volunteer EMS/Firefighters



    Pretty ricks, Rob.
     
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