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Willow: Worth the haul?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by vwboomer, Jan 14, 2009.

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  1. vwboomer

    vwboomer New Member

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    A guy at work has a brother that takes down trees for $ in his spare time. Upcoming he's got a huge willow some chump is paying him $1000 to take down - but he's got to haul everything away.
    It's just going to get dumped in a corner on the farm since my coworker won't burn it in his OWB.
    I know it's not great, but would you think it's worth it to haul a couple loads 40min each way? Right now my stash for next year consists of about 1cord of ash and 1 cord of willow. I'd like to save room for good wood if I can scrounge it, but it IS free.

    FYI it's not worth it to buy wood for me. Even at the $125 I got my first cord of elm/ash for. That lasted me about 6 weeks, but gas is cheap enough that I think I can heat the house for 2 months for less than, or around, 125.

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  2. willisl64

    willisl64 New Member

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    If you can heat your home for 60 bucks a month, I'd say its not worth it to burn at all...especially not worth it to go after sub par wood in a place like Wisconsin with all the good hardwoods you have to choose from... just my 2 cents.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Free is always good . . . but as you have mentioned willow isn't very highly regarded . . . burns up fast, good for starting the fire or Spring/Fall burning. I'm thinking only you can decide if driving over an hour and using up that gas for wood that may take up valuable storage/stacking space is worth the time and money . . . some folks would do it since wood is wood . . . others would say the time and money spent on gas wouldn't be worth it.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    That's true as some will take whatever they can get. For myself, it would not be worth the time and dollar to get it home. It is about as poor of wood as you'll find. But, if you are desperate....
  5. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    6o bucks a month on gas thats the way i would go!
  6. vwboomer

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    Most of me thinks to let him drop it on his farm and let it rot - but there's part that hates to pass up free stuff! I'll probably decline, except maybe for a truckload to split for kindling.

    The $60/month for heating is a guess. I've only been in this house since November and have used wood almost exclusively unless I wanted a quick bump in temp or when I was on vacation. The first full month's bill from Nov - Dec was $16 - $11 of which was meter charges. Probably 2/3 of this month is going to be gas since I haven't much wood left - Then we'll see. I just can't understand people paying $200-250 for cords of wood for heating! Granted, my woodstove/furnace is about as inefficient as you can get, but I've decided it doesn't pay for me to upgrade to a newer wood furnace even if it's only $800 - except as a convienence issue.
    Being only a 1250sqft brick ranch does have it's benefits!

    BUt if anyone else wants it in Wisconsin, it's near Eden and I'm sure he'd be willing to let someone else take it.
  7. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    willow like cotton wood and it smells bad when you splitt it.Good for camp fires and shoulder season if you low on wood
  8. Malatesta

    Malatesta New Member

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    I would pass on the Willow its Poor Quality unless thats all you can Get. Have you tried Craigslist ? Look under free stuff,just type in Firewood.

    Your bound to get some better wood.
  9. vwboomer

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    Yup been lookin on CL since I moved in. Plenty of people willing to let me clean up their woods and pay for it, or sell me cords for $200. Nothing free so far. Know what they say. If someone wants it, must be worth something. One guy was even nice enough to email me and tell me to take free furniture to burn the wood.
    Another guy at work has 17acres just outside of town that he'll probably let me clean out for nothing since his dad is going in a home. Dunno how much is down/dead there but it's free and close.
  10. Malatesta

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    It takes a while sometimes to score on Craigslist. But i have several times Last year . I'd definitely be going over to the Co-workers Place and gettin me some wood.

    Ask him if you can take out the dead standing timber and the not so bad stuff on the Ground. Id try to get as much as he would allow. Sounds like this could be a sweet deal for Ya.
  11. mainstation

    mainstation Feeling the Heat

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    Leave that willow in the bush.
  12. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    40 minutes drive is too far to go for free willow ...and I like willow.
  13. Dune

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    I wouldn't burn willow if it were cut, split and delivered. Produces no heat at all. Don't waste your time or gasoline.
  14. awoodman

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    That is the stinkenest wood I ever did burn long ago and never again. Unless of-corse it was the last tree on earth.
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