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What does it cost for wood in your neck of the woods?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jaychino415, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. jaychino415

    jaychino415 Member

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    How much does it cost for a cord in your neck of the woods? species?

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  2. fireview2788

    fireview2788 Minister of Fire

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    Mixed "seasoned" (yes, that was sarcastic) goes from $150 to $175 a cord. I've seen it as high at $200 for hardwood.

    fv
  3. jkranes

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    Prices are all over the map around here (Boston area). Location and delivery are big factors; I've seen as low as $100/cord if you pick it up yourself, or as high as $600/cord delivered. I just paid $200 for a cord of green mixed hardwood, delivered, about 75% oak, which was the best deal I could find after making a lot of phone calls to craigslist sellers. The highest prices ($500 - $600/cord) are from established firewood businesses whose clients are presumably mostly wealthy people burning for aesthetics, not heat.
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  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    $200 to $300
    Some variables, all birch is the most $$ , travel distance from seller, etc.
    Just check any area's CL fire wood ads
    Anchorage

    Thing here, like most places, is it's rare to see anyone sellers really having true seasoned wood.
    I think if anyone had the room to season wood far a full year , they could get primium prices for it
    to educated buyers.
    Lots of people don't have room (or the want) to get 2 to 3 years ahead to have good dry seasoned wood.
    A nice in the market that needs filled in most areas.
    Might sell less wood, but make more $$ per cord.
    Once the base client list got set up, it would grow due to word of mouth & references.
    Tough part will be educating the buyers to what seasoned dry wood is, why it's better etc.
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  5. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    usually, just beer.....
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  6. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    C/s/d is about $165-180.
    Log loads are about $75. Over 95% Oak, unless you want something else.
    The last time I asked, the difference between a mixed load and oak was negligible, so Oak it was.:cool:
  7. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    You don't count.;)
    In your case, it would be, "how much do you get paid for your firewood".
    Even that doesn't fully describe it, and now I'm sure the OP is totally confused.
    Oh, jaychino415, in case no one's done this, welcome to the Hearth.
  8. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Here its anywhere from $175-$225 for a cord of delivered Doug fir. $300 for oak or madrone. One insane guy on CL wants $450 for apple, delivered here from WA state. Dryness varies an the source. The guy I bought a true measured cord of fir from sold me 2 year barn dry fir, and it was bone dry. He is not the normal firewood jocky though, and most wood here is sold green to one year seasoned, and they are usually short or really loose stacked cords.
  9. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    I've seen some recent ads for 175 green, split and delivered - probably a mix. Typical burn season prices for delivered, split 'seasoned' wood usually 225-275 ish. Cheers!
  10. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    $200-225 for "seasoned" cut any length you want. ;)
  11. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    150 to 160 a cord is what I usually see in the paper local. Craigslist has a lot of guys selling cut up slab or someone that thinks they are in the gold market. For my wood it's just time,fuel and sweat equity.
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Around here nobody seems to know what a cord of wood is. They say it is a cord and the price has been 45-50 the last couple years. That is about 1/3 of a cord.
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  13. ScotO

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    :eek:_g::P;)
  14. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Strange how now (& the past 2 months) is the "off season" for fire wood.
    Buyers should take advantage of the cheaper prices, & get it early in the year ,
    get it stacked & seasoning all summer.

    Michigan is an undefined amount , "face cord area" now.
    Times are changing::P
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  15. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    This is the Island Community of Alert Bay, BC. People just wait for the logs to float by so their firewood is free. Preferred trees are hemlock or fir and the split and stacked wood is hemlock.



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    For me, the wood is road side waste after logging is complete. My preference is Douglas fir,our western hemlock. We have no dominant species of hardwoods in this area


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    The road side waste is free for the taking. The logging company just requests that you get a free cutting and transport permit from them.

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    Another source of firewood for the locals is charity wood cuts. This being a grade 12 class fund raiser at $55.00 a pickup load - split and delivered. The wood in this picture is alder. Western Forest Products makes the wood available free to several charities.
  16. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    $150 for a cord of whatever you want.
  17. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    For the good stuff around here it costs $170 per cubic Metre which equates to $615 per cord. This is good wood which is actually dry and seasoned - but expensive.!!!

    You can get a lot for free if you wait until summer - people 'give it away' and most people forget they need wood all year round.
  18. Laurent Cyr

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    Around here in Québec, the cost is $125 for a small cord (1/3rd of a real cord). This is for maple, unseasoned, delivered.
  19. nate379

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    "small cord"... hahahah!

    I don't sell them there "dictionary" cords. :confused:

  20. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    No such thing as a real cord. What they deliver is 225-250 mixed. 400. for all oak. wet, heavy and seasoned?
    That's why I scrounge.
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  21. Fifelaker

    Fifelaker Feeling the Heat

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    +- $50.00 1/3 cord delivered. or $75.00 for a full cord log length delivered.
  22. Wildo

    Wildo Feeling the Heat

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    $ 125 a cord tree length or $260-300csd prices have jumped the last few years for sure since they started to chip it all and send it to the pellet mills.
  23. Laurent Cyr

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    I meant a full cord. Around here, when you talk about a cord, it is a third of a full cord.
    Anyway, too expensive. If you wan to heat with wood, you either scrounge, or you have you own wood lot.
  24. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    I see red gum advertised around me for around $170 AU a square meter or a small trailer load...i note the local hardware has their firewood stored out the back sitting on the ground out in the rain....i feel sorry for people buying that expecting dry wood for this winter....
  25. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I see "seasoned mixed hardwood" for between $150 and $250 in the NY metro area. Last I bought back in 2008 a paid $150.

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