I have been scrounging wood all spring and there were a couple of listings for logs listed on craiglist, so I decided to contact the seller to find out how much wood I would be getting and whether they would deliver it to my rural area way back in the country. The first seller answered my text a couple of days later and said they would get back to me on whether they would deliver to me (I offered extra $ for the delivery), but never contacted me back. Several weeks later, another listing in a different area listed logs and I contacted them and got a response a few hours later. I gave them my address and they said they would deliver for about $50 higher and if it wasn't to bad, would do it cheaper the second load. I inquired about how much wood I would be getting as he listed it as a 8 ton dump truck. He said it should be 3 1/2 - 3.75 cords of wood. I debated it a bit thinking whether it was worth $325. The next day, the guy texted me back saying if I was value conscious and had a wood splitter, the blocky pieces are the way to go and he could deliver a load for $150. I took a chance on it and got a load and boy what a surprise I got! It was a huge load of wood, he guessed probably closer to 10 tons. I would be surprised if it turns out being less than 4 cords after processing. It is at least 80% oak and no pine or soft woods. I am going to be working it up starting this weekend.
Thanks! Even the free wood comes at a price when you factor in gas to go pick it up. I also like the fact that I can do the processing at my own pace when time allows and not worry about a certain time. Right now with the weather being so hot, I can chip away at it whenever I want and pick early in the morning, late in the day when it cools down.
Good God! You got that load of oak delivered for $150. You ought to be arrested for highway robbery.
I don't have a splitter but I could still have my way with most of that load.
I have been scrounging "free" firewood from craigslist. And it is never free. I need to get in touch with a tree surgeon company.
Yes, I was quite surprised myself when he came back with $150 delivered. With that said, the $325 load would have been much easier to process and I doubt I would have near as many double branch pieces and oversized ones. If I didn't have a splitter, I would not have bought this load, I would have paid the $325. This wood came from a cut about 34 miles from my place and they are obviously making their $ from the lumber, not the firewood. I have a Stihl MS 250 saw with an 18" blade and did not look forward to cutting the 30"+ size logs. My neighbor stopped by to chat and said what a nice looking load of wood it was. As we discussed it, he mentioned having a Stihl 440 saw with a 20 & 24" bar and spare chains that "needed to be run some" and he offered to let me borrow it. I can't wait to work up this load now with a saw that can handle this size wood.