Wood Prices?

Discussion in 'The Wood Market' started by Chud, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Bill2

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    That's cut and split for around 6-8 months. Not what I would call seasoned and it's also just thrown in a pile. Not top covered.
     
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    I don’t know if it been said. It really depends where you are in the country for firewood prices. Here in Massachusetts my brother buys cordwood dry and debarked for 350 delivered. I have been getting 250 a cord for my extremely small hobby buissness. Heck I’m probably loosing money it took me 4 trips to deliver in my f-150 short bed. (I could have probably done it in 3 but black birch is heavy) I plan on keeping it 250 a cord delivered to surrounding towns only. Further then that I’ll add a delivery change. I’m building up a customer base. Hopefully my camp wood bundles at a farm stand will help that.
     
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    Yep, you aren't making anything if it takes 4 trips. We have a F150 short bed, you can stack 1/3 cord on it, make 3 trips instead. We are hauling oak and hickory...
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    We are a small hobby too. Got about 20 or so customers now. Been supplying for 7-8 yrs now. 2018 we got a dump trailer that will haul a cord.
    We stack it off the splitter to the 9' mark and throw a little in the front for 1 cord. 0929210835.jpg
     
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  6. Stanley

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    Looks great!
     
  7. Reddingnative

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    We are a bit different because we are in CA, but I am doing $300 cord of seasoned live oak. $25 local delivery, 15-25ish miles $50. $50 stacking. I have been busy every weekend, key is good quality wood that is actually ready to burn and reliable delivery. I used to deliver local for free, that stopped when diesel went over $4 a gal.
     
  8. buZZsaw BRAD

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    I do free up to ten miles, but dont have a diesel either. $20 extra up to 15 miles. $25/50 for 1/2 & full cord stacking.
     
  9. Chud

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    This looks so European in front of the grocery store.
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    Im not familiar with this species. Is it a weed tree from up North?
     
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  12. Chud

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    White birch is mediocre firewood at best.
     
  14. hovlandhomestead

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    We burn a lot of paper/white birch up here. It is one of the most common hardwoods in our boreal forest areas. It produces over 20 btu per cord which is similar to Douglas fir, cherry, and a little above elm. It splits pretty easily and dries pretty fast when cut between now and early April, split, stacked in single rows and covered.

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    Here is some I just worked on yesterday.
     
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    ?? Maybe a dumb question but what was that cut with has a odd pattern on the end almost like a old circular cordwood saw would make JB
     
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    Yes this stack was cut by my friend’s firewood processor with a large saw blade. He bought it in Thunder Bay Ontario, but I don’t know the particular make.
     
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    OK I thought it looked like a circle saw maybe a cord king they are made in canada JB
     
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    I saw the round cuts too and thought a buzzsaw.
     
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    I don't mean any offense to folks here, but to your question (from four years ago), from a dollars and cents perspective, firewood is a bad business.

    The barriers to entry are low (chainsaw + truck + strong back). There are lots of people able and willing to do it.

    The customer base isn't discriminating, so it's tough to market a premium product. Basically nobody is able to sell really seasoned wood at a sustainable price.

    Short story is that you're competing with Bubba fresh out of prison or rehab or both, selling to a market that doesn't understand the difference between freshly split pine and three year old oak.

    Does that look like a good business opportunity to you?