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Old 01-12-2011, 10:36 PM
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Thininking of jumping into the firewood biz next year. Thoughts?

I've been thinking of getting into the firewood business next year? What are thoughts from those of you who do it? What type of wood splitters and etc?
Just looking for a way to supplement my winter income on a part time basis.

There is not really spot in the forum for this, so I posted in Comm. & Res. mowing since I know a few of you guys do it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:05 PM
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The first thing is to secure a dependable way to get free wood, or paid to haul off wood. If you can get a tree company to pay you to haul off the wood then that would even be better for the bottom line. As far as log splitters go get one bigger than you think you will need. BTW I have one for sale if interested, PM me sometime.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:10 PM
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You may be able to get in with one of the tree services. They just chip everything up. They may let you come in and cut up some of the trees that they would just chip up anyway. You would be doing them a favor.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:17 PM
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True. I'm also lucky enough to have some private family land. How do you guys sell it? Kindling, by cord or half-cord etc?
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:33 AM
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True. I'm also lucky enough to have some private family land. How do you guys sell it? Kindling, by cord or half-cord etc?
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Its a lot of work. In my opinion , not worth it unless you are also getting paid to cut the trees down. Again , just my opinion.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:16 AM
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I noticed you use a Super Spliter.....how do you like it? Is that the machine you used to make that enormous wood pile in your pic? Been thinking for years to get into the firewood business, but lack of space to operate kills the idea. We get around $300 full cord up in Ma. delivered. Seems like good money until you pay rent for space, log slpitter, bobcat, dumptruck, fuel, labor etc.
i started off with a supersplitter. i still have my supersplitter too. it is a great little splitter and Mr. McCann, the owner of supersplitter has excellent customer support, if anything breaks i have it next day. Overall for them money it is a good splitter, the only problem is that on larger pieces it kills time. I make two separate piles of rounds, one for everything under about 16" in diameter and the other everything over. The pile in the picture was made with a timberwolf tw-6. i keep the smaller pile of rounds which you cant see in the picture in another section of my yard where i use the supersplitter and split the wood directly into the truck this time of year for people who season it themselves. firewood has been good to me and i plan on continuing to expand that side of my business. This year i have a contract for wholesaling wrapped pallet, less money but alot of volume. If your wood is well priced and you can keep up with producing high volume, then you can make decent money. That picture was taken two days ago and is alot less than what i sell for the year. The only problem i have run into in the firewood industry is keeping up with the deliveries. All my deliveries are made within a 25 mile radius and i have 2 trucks running from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm in the winter.

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Its a lot of work. In my opinion , not worth it unless you are also getting paid to cut the trees down. Again , just my opinion.
making money is alot of work. With the price of fuel oil, firewood has become a great business. There not too much money to be made if you have all the equipment to only do 100 cords. my opinion
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:17 PM
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They usually don't chip anything that is large enough for firewood (10"+ diameter) it takes a really big chipper to handle that kind of load.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:31 PM
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I used to have a "hook up" if I would have been doing it a few years ago. A few of my friends were from Boise, ID and they moved their tree service down here after Katrina, but they recently moved back to Boise, ID and Tuscon, AZ.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:57 PM
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Anyone else have any info or advice?
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:36 AM
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I was thinking the samething and the begining of October, and it worked out great. I worked out a deal with a local family who own a tree cutting buss. and it is already split. I sell oak and pecan, the pecan goes like chocolate cake at a weight watcher convention. Alot of people down in South Louisian cook and smoke with it. Put an add on craigslist and pass out flyers. But, I do have a regular job beside grass and "bringing the wood"!. It is funny though when the costomers say " you have real nice wood, I will be calling you back".
Alot of tree companies have to pay to dump the trees. They will prob let you come pick the stuff up for free and you would just have to split it and cut it up into 16" to 18" lenghts.

I will be doing it next year.

Good luck!

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