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LwnmwrMan22
09-08-2005, 10:51 PM
Just wondering if there are other guys on the board that sell firewood?

I ran my ad for 11 days up here in MN, and ended up selling 10 full cords of wood, $3450. I've got another 30 full cords left to go.

Only problem I've got now is, with the sun not coming up until 7 am, rain every other day, and heavy heavy dew every morning, it's getting hard to keep up with the mowing while trying to get the wood hauled in the evening without being too late.

Last night we delivered a load of wood at 9:15 pm, because the people wanted it before the weekend and it was the only time I was able to deliver.

Anyways, I sell 100% oak, no birch or softwood mixed in, and am delivering for $115 / face cord, 4'x8'x16".

dvmcmrhp52
09-08-2005, 11:15 PM
SOOooo, people are actually buying firewood for $345 per cord??????????????????????????????????????????????


What planet are they on? Especially in your neck of the woods.........not exactly difficult to come across firewood..............

LwnmwrMan22
09-08-2005, 11:38 PM
We get $115 / face cord, delivered and stacked.

You're right, there's tons of trees everywhere, but with vast prosperity and all, too many people have Yukons, Tahoes, SUVs and no time to get their own wood.

It's too easy to call a guy and have it delivered, just like a pizza or your groceries.

dvmcmrhp52
09-08-2005, 11:47 PM
We get $115 / face cord, delivered and stacked.

You're right, there's tons of trees everywhere, but with vast prosperity and all, too many people have Yukons, Tahoes, SUVs and no time to get their own wood.

It's too easy to call a guy and have it delivered, just like a pizza or your groceries.




Ya, the "face" cord you described is 1/3 of a cord.........$345 a cord............Wow.

olderthandirt
09-09-2005, 12:17 AM
SOOooo, people are actually buying firewood for $345 per cord??????????????????????????????????????????????


What planet are they on? Especially in your neck of the woods.........not exactly difficult to come across firewood..............

He!l its cheaper to turn the furnace up than buy firewood at $345 a cord. I need to move, here in Ohio where the trees are not as plentiful $150 -$175 deliever AND stacked

dvmcmrhp52
09-09-2005, 12:50 AM
He!l its cheaper to turn the furnace up than buy firewood at $345 a cord. I need to move, here in Ohio where the trees are not as plentiful $150 -$175 deliever AND stacked




Yup, I'm hearing you there Mac.
I guess the more trees the higher the price, Eh? HeHe..... :waving:

Imulchmore
09-09-2005, 01:23 PM
I sell firewood here for $200.00 a cord 4'x10'x32" that is 2 rows of 16" peices it is a little under a full cord but we advertise as a estimated cord because we use a front end loader to pick it up. It usually equals about 5 1yard buckets. We only dump the wood we do not get into stacking it. I am also looking into making small packs of wood that contain about 6-8 peices and charging about 3.99+ tax for the homeowner that only want fire for one night or for a special occasion. I have alot of people that want to buy it by the peice I didnt even know where to begin with that so I charge .50 cents a pc.

Up North
09-09-2005, 01:47 PM
Keep in mind Lwnmwrman lives near Mpls/St.Paul and for most folks in that area they can't just go out and cut their neighbors trees down. I'm 200 miles north of him and I just paid $65 a full cord delivered in 8ft lengths. I cut & stack myself. I go through about 15 full cords a winter but heat the shop, house and our hot water via an outdoor wood boiler. My entire heat bill for the winter is under $1000, that's with heating two buildings and the water.

Buck

olderthandirt
09-09-2005, 02:26 PM
Keep in mind Lwnmwrman lives near Mpls/St.Paul and for most folks in that area they can't just go out and cut their neighbors trees down. I'm 200 miles north of him and I just paid $65 a full cord delivered in 8ft lengths. I cut & stack myself. I go through about 15 full cords a winter but heat the shop, house and our hot water via an outdoor wood boiler. My entire heat bill for the winter is under $1000, that's with heating two buildings and the water.

Buck

Buck,
1 word-- Geothermal :D heat at 74 degrees, air at 72 degrees + it pre heats the hot water in the warmer months Approx. $900-1000 a yr for the whole house.

And the hardest part is changing the thermastat if I ever needed to :p

Up North
09-09-2005, 04:28 PM
Buck,
1 word-- Geothermal :D heat at 74 degrees, air at 72 degrees + it pre heats the hot water in the warmer months Approx. $900-1000 a yr for the whole house.

And the hardest part is changing the thermastat if I ever needed to :p

Yep, good system as well, plus you don't have to mess with cutting, stacking, clean up, etc. Although that number would climb a bit with the temps we get here in the winter. But good none-the-less.

What did it run you to install that system?

Buck

LwnmwrMan22
09-11-2005, 09:47 AM
I can go and get my own wood for $10 / full cord on a couple of different connections that I've got within 10 miles of my house. 2 different people have about 80 acres that's all dying out from oak wilt.

This is what I do in the winter when I'm not plowing.

It takes about 2 months, working 5-6 hour days with 2 people to get 40-50 cords down and hauled home.

I've got a 16' dump trailer where we can haul 3 full cord / trip, so we usually just haul one load a day home, or leave it until my wife has to work during the day, and my dad babysits, then I run 4-5 loads home that day.

I can also get it hauled in like Buck, but down here it's getting to be $90-100 / full cord in 8' lengths, so it's starting to get to be to the point where that isn't really profitable.

Last year it cost me about $75 / full cord after collecting the wood and processing it, and then about another $30 / full cord this year to deliver it, with how diesel is.

My normal run is about 100 miles round trip, but I usually do 3-4 stops / trip, so it's not too bad.

Here is what I use to make the wood.....

muddstopper
09-11-2005, 12:44 PM
LwnmwrMan22,

How about a little info on that machine or a good link. I have been considering firewood sales for some time now. When I am seeding development roads I always see lots of logs that have been left by the grading contractor. These log piles adverage 2 to three cords and sometimes a lot more, if processed, each. Most of the times the logs are laying beside the road an easy pickup with a knuckle boom loader. The developer cant get anyone to remove them so they just lay there until they rot or a new homeowner decides they need a little firewood.

LwnmwrMan22
09-11-2005, 01:45 PM
LwnmwrMan22,

How about a little info on that machine or a good link. I have been considering firewood sales for some time now. When I am seeding development roads I always see lots of logs that have been left by the grading contractor. These log piles adverage 2 to three cords and sometimes a lot more, if processed, each. Most of the times the logs are laying beside the road an easy pickup with a knuckle boom loader. The developer cant get anyone to remove them so they just lay there until they rot or a new homeowner decides they need a little firewood.


www.multitekinc.com
www.rrsinc.net is where I bought my machine from.

It was a year old with 200 hours on it. $43,500.

New they're around $55k.

There are different brands, just as mowers that are cheaper, but after looking at all of them, and comparing, you still just get what you're paying for.

M RASCOE&SONS
12-18-2005, 07:55 PM
www.multitekinc.com
www.rrsinc.net is where I bought my machine from.

It was a year old with 200 hours on it. $43,500.

New they're around $55k.

There are different brands, just as mowers that are cheaper, but after looking at all of them, and comparing, you still just get what you're paying for.
thats a nice machine ,you should advertise processing for other people in the business and charge them by the amount of cords you do for them.i say this because my suplier rents his machine and operator out to other companies and gets $45per cord with a 200 cord minimum.with your costs for collecting, processing ,and delivery being $75 and $30 =$105 its gonna take alot of wood sales to make the money back .just talk to some of the wood guys and you might be able to even get som good logs plus the pay for each cord.payup

LwnmwrMan22
12-18-2005, 09:06 PM
thats a nice machine ,you should advertise processing for other people in the business and charge them by the amount of cords you do for them.i say this because my suplier rents his machine and operator out to other companies and gets $45per cord with a 200 cord minimum.with your costs for collecting, processing ,and delivery being $75 and $30 =$105 its gonna take alot of wood sales to make the money back .just talk to some of the wood guys and you might be able to even get som good logs plus the pay for each cord.payup


Yes, you're right, but all the other guys around here have them as well.

Maybe not as new of a machine, but a processor none the less.

I'm not looking to get rich with it soon, just looking for something that'll let me be able to produce wood until I'm 70 or so without too much labor.

Right now the firewood business is funded more by the snowplowing and lawn service.

I realize that with the $60k or so I've spent on my set up over the next 5 years, that I could have just put the money in the bank, but with a machine like this, and still being in my early 30's, I'm able to get it paid for, and then keep the money down the road.