Running an efficiant firewood business

Discussion in 'Firewood' started by BckYrdLmbrJk, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put two pallets down side by side. Put one standing up on each end drive a stake through the pallet to keep it up right.

    Split them and stack them inside the pallets. Full cord easily measured right there. Then let them sit and season until you sell it.

    Friend has this done all the way around his mulch yard. When he gets an order they drive over and load skid bucket up and dump it in the trailer. He sells about 100 cords a winter
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  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I recently got out of the firewood business due to health issues. I was getting $280/cord, plus a $70.00/cord delivery fee here. That price was for Oak and Pecan wood. I got more for Hickory as it is scarce here. Wood was allowed to dry for about a year after splitting, before it was sold.
     
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    It gets cold enough in Texas people have fire places? Never knew that lol
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  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    More like they have trees there?:confused:
     
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That might be why he's getting that much a cord. Were at 300 for 2 with free delivery
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  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    This is why wood is expensive here. In fact, no, we do not have much wood here. I was hauling wood 110 miles from up in SE Oklahoma. I had several cutters up there that cut and split the wood, and loaded trailers I left at their places. I would take up one empty trailer and bring back the other trailer loaded. I hauled 5 cords/load.



     
  7. MarylandGuy

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    No sense using a moisture meter if you are only seasoning the wood 3 to 6 months. There is no way the wood is even close to 20% moisture in that amount of time.

    If you are using the moisture meter accurately, it won't matter if it's raining when you perform the test. It wouldn't even matter if you dropped a split in a bucket for a few hours and then took a reading.

    It sounds like you are picking up a split and jabbing it with the moisture meter. If so, that explains why you are getting 20% moisture readings. Wood dries from the outside in. So the outside of the wood may be 20% after a few months, the inside is over 40%. Especially oak.

    The proper way to use a moisture meter is to grab a piece of firewood and split it down the center. Then stick the moisture meter in the fresh split of the wood. At that point you will know the true moisture of your wood. Testing the outside of a split after it has been out in the sun and wind is useless.
     

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