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

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

  1. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not bad. I like the fact you can pull it around! Where did you get it, dealer?
  2. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Messages: 483

    I have found out this year woodcutting is ALOT of work. We are bundling it up though, not selling by the cord or rick. Either way it is cashflow (It pays for all expenses incurred by it and keeps employees busy during slow time) but is not profitable. We have probably sold about 2500 bundles to c-stores so far this season.




    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Anyone who is serious about selling fire wood needs a Wood Processer. Check out this site for some ideas as to what equipment it takes to make the fire wood business a sucess. A lot of the fire wood guys around here are loggers or tree cutters.
  4. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nice, but expensive. It would take forever to get your money back out of that.
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those are some nice machines, but the market for firewood in MS is not the same as it is up north. When I lived in south AL there were days in Jan. and Feb. that you would want to turn on the A/C, but that's not to say it doesn't get cold there it's just a different market for firewood. If central MS is anything like that a cord of firewood may last someone 4 or 5 years. I wouldn't think that a $50,000 firewood machine there would be a good idea. I would think that if you could get a productive machine around $2,500 and free supply of wood that you could put out 20 cords a year by yourself and make some money. I would really go after the bundled firewood seen at the store seems like a better return than staking it for people and pushing wheelbarrows through a gate and home delivery for an extra $10.
  6. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats what I was going to shoot for. around here it goes for $5.00-6.00 per bundle at store price.

    I could charge extra for cedar.
  7. FiveNine

    FiveNine LawnSite Member
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    I work for a small tree service in Indianapolis...when I say small, I mean that it's just the owner and I! During slow times or days when we are not removing trees I will cut wood in our lot. For us it is relatively profitable. We sell for $60 a rick picked up in our yard, and extra delivered depending on location. I do all of the splitting and get $15 per rick, which I can usually have split and stacked within 45 minutes to an hour tops. We sell anywhere between 75-100 ricks per year, not much but we don't have a whole lot of room to store much more.

    Since we mainly remove trees for the most part we are always bringing home what we do not chip. We dump it in a pile in the yard. Here in this part of the country we have a lot of Oak, Maple, Cherry, Sycamore, Ash...those are probably the most common. We only sell quality mixed hardwoods. If you don't regularly remove trees I could see how it would be difficult to make a decent profit by the time you located the logs you would need to pickup/delivery.

    BTW Our splitter is the ol 22 ton TSC one....It does pretty well.
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    A cord is a standard mearsure but a rick isn't, waht do you all consider a rick of wood?
  9. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    rick = 8' long, 4' high and 16" deep
  10. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Around here what you call a rick is called a face cord.

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