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Wood at the grocery store

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Iembalm4aLiving, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Iembalm4aLiving

    Iembalm4aLiving Feeling the Heat

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    I'm guessing this has been discussed before, but I have to chuckle at the firewood stacked outside my local Giant Eagle grocery store. "Firewood - Great deal- 2 bundles for $10!!!"

    These bundles contain 5 very small pieces of wood. I'm sure it's dry and burns nice, but holy cow!!! I must have half a million dollars stacked in my back yard!

    I'm rich, RICH I say!!!
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  2. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    That stuff sells.....

    Perfect for the occasional fireplace user.

    You are indeed RICH, as we all are. And don't forget it.
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  3. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    I stand as many splits as I can on end in an old metal milk crate, then tie a piece of baler twine around them. At $2 per bundle I sold quite a few this summer. And I still make more money selling it that way than the price I get for my normal bulk firewood.
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  4. Hass

    Hass Minister of Fire

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    People in my neck of the woods do this often, and make a killing.
    I live on a main road used to go to an Indian reservation (there's 2 roads to get in/out).
    With NYS tax at over $4-5/pack... People flock to the reservations to buy them. Which equals a lot of traffic for sales on fruit/veggie stands and such ;)
    I was thinking about selling all my willow this way... But then I figured someone might end up throwing a split through one of my windows at night when they figure out what a ripoff it is, haha.
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  5. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    My dad actually has a guy who buys $10 stacks from him practically once a week once December rolls around-looooooooooooves his fireplace. Go figure...
  6. Thistle

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    See it near entrance of most grocery stores year-round here. Price generally runs $9 for 2 shrinkwrapped bundles of small splits,each one approx. size of 9-10" dinner plate. At that price I could sell the wood in backyard only & take a 2 month vacation.
  7. Joey

    Joey Feeling the Heat

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    I wonder how much a cord would cost....if you just bought that grocery store wood,,,,i'm not that good at math.... :smirk:
  8. Loco Gringo

    Loco Gringo Feeling the Heat

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    Someone did the math once. It was about 500-600 a cord I believe.
  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    The Thornton's gas stations around here all have firewood racks that are about 18"x28" and sells for $24.99, and they seem to sell a lot of it throughout the year. That's $400 a cord, which means I'm sitting on a touch over $9,000 in firewood, provided I could sell it all at that price.
  10. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    $7.99 a cubic foot at the grocery stores here.

    8x128 = $1,024.
    I might be persuaded to sell some of my 5 year seasoned oak for that much.
    Not any less, though.
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    blacktail Minister of Fire

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    My jaw about dropped this summer when a coworker said he spent $80 on wood for a weekend camping trip with another family. That was to cover HIS HALF of the cost!
  12. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    Bummer.... I just realized at those rates my firewood is worth more than my SUV.

    Hmmm....
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  13. Iembalm4aLiving

    Iembalm4aLiving Feeling the Heat

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    I don't begrudge the producer of the wood or the store selling it--obviously there is a demand for convenient wood and folks are willing to pay $1 a piece for it. I am spoiled by being able to produce my own.
  14. mayhem

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    $10 for 2 packs at the grocery store is pretty cheap. Around here its $6.50 per pack at the cheapest place, and they sell it.

    I have used the stuff before and while I wasn't proud of the fact, it was good to be able to stop and pick up a couple bundles when I really needed it. Stuff burns very nicely. Hot and long burn times...just have to spend a little time getting the staples out of the wood.
  15. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    At these prices, one would be foolish burning this stuff for anything but ambiance.

    6.50 a pack makes the BTU's in a gallon of fuel oil look very economical.

    pen
  16. ChrisNJ

    ChrisNJ Feeling the Heat

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    The price is to cover the cost of shipping it seems to me, most of the bags of wood I see are from overseas, Estonia etc....
  17. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    That always seemed odd to me that it was from Europe. Is there no wood here in The US?
  18. fstmkt

    fstmkt New Member

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    What equipment do you need to split and shrink wrap bundles?
  19. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Might be cheaper to ship the wood to China , have it packaged there then ship it back ..LOL :)
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  21. Boom Stick

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    Was down at my brother's house in western north carolina last week for thanksgiving...standing outside a store waiting for him and I see the wood bin. they were selling .75 cubic foot package for 4.50......said "Amazing Deal!...... over the bin.....my iphone calculated the cost of a full cord at 768.00...WOW
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  23. WellSeasoned

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    Same around here. Worst yet we have no shortage of idiots buying them in america.
  24. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    I just had a conversation about these small boxes of wood sold in stores. I was at the gas station mini mart. I asked the clerk how well the boxes of firewood sell. all the stores around here carry the same boxes, http://www.hotwood.com/home.php
    There were two boxes by the door, he said there was a whole pallet of them a few days ago. People do buy it, 9.99 a box if I remember right. This is for people that don't get it, don't want to get dirty. Nice clean boxes to stack in the stores, put in the car. I bet a lot of people think firewood only comes in boxes from the store.
  25. nate379

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    I suppose the same could be said for people that buy eggs or meat at the store vs directly from a chicken or cow...

    Many people have better things to do than cut firewood for the couple nights a winter they light up the fireplace or go camping.
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