Thininking of jumping into the firewood biz next year. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Firewood' started by BadRancher, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Texarkana Tractor is my sthil dealer- and that is where the BS is coming from lol Warranty ran out so no worries there.

    The trees I get is the WHOLE tree- you can jus cut the trunk and leave the top just laying around. Plus customers around here like the "little round peices" a lot. So as your cutting the top and cleaning up at the same time, thats a lot of work and sawing- therefor the fuel consumption. Plus I split all my wood where I cut the tree. I tried loading it and slitting and stacking it somwhere else but think about this. You cut it and split and deliver/stack the wood. Your touching each peice- 2-3 times. If your taking it somewhere else to split/stack. Your touching each peice 4-5 times... Jus saying its a little more work. And if you deliver your stacking it back ok the trailer and then stacking it at its destination. So 6-7 times its getting handled... Now if your not delivering then you get the right Idea! PLus the splitter I have is a 10hp honda- it drinks the fuel
     
  2. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just checked Craigslist for this area. Cords of seasoned oak are selling between $100 and $150 per cord, delivered.
     
  3. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Around texarkana ar/tx area its $130-160 delivered
     
  4. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    $500 for a decent saw, $1000 for a decent splitter, wear and tear on that equipment, truck, trailer (if used), fuel, oil, labor....... I don't know. I just can't add it up and make it profitable enough to make me want to pursue it. I already have a good saw, and I cut some wood for my own use. Like I said, I enjoy doing it, but I only do it at my leisure, not all the time. If profits were higher, maybe. But it's a lot of work for that kind of money if you ask me. And I'm not even sure if a rick will bring the kind of money around here that some of you guys are getting. I have access to plenty of dead trees to cut, but I don't wanna bust my tail all day for a $50 profit after expenses.
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  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Yes, I meant TON. Also, they make the 4-way wedges that just slip on top of your existing 2-way wedge, but don't know how they work.
     
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I take EVERYTHING, including all the smaller stuff. You'd only handle it 3-4 times through the process. Loading the cut pieces, dump and split then throw on pile, load and then unload at customers house. I just throw the wood on the trailer. I already know how much needs to be on the trailer thrown loose so no need to waste the time stacking it on the trailer. I don't stack the wood unless they want it stacked. I charge $160 delivered or $190 delivered/stacked. All nice red and white oak. I love the smell when the garage is loaded with a fresh batch. :)
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Here's a pic of when we got started earlier this year. The pile in the back is 2 trees after splitting and one laying ready to split.

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  8. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    I likes it! What type of splitter do you have?
     
  9. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    What do you guys get for cedar kindling?
    Also do you guys bust into any small pieces and sell for kindling?
     
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    It's got a Cub Cadet sticker on it that I'm not exactly proud of but hey...... Troy Built make the exact same thing. I paid $1300 for it new.
     

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