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    Default Re: Firewood Market

    Out our way a cord of fir is in the $180-$200 range.

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    Default Re: Firewood Market

    The market here is just about dead...

    I use to have people always asking to haul off downed oak on my property.

    That all stopped when the air district started to fine folks on no burn days which is always when it is cold in the winter.

    I just gave away 3 cords of oak cut and split... had it for my Mom... but, she is afraid to use it.

    Tried to sell it and there were no takers... someone I knew offered to let me bring to their home and stack it to help me out...

    Folks here now pay to have the wood taken to the local dump... makes no matter... hardwood or softwood.

    Find it ironic the local markets sell 1.5 cu ft of seasoned hardwood for first for $15 a box... now on sale for $9.99 because the Holidays were mostly no burn days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soggy Bottom Outdoors View Post
    I just came for dinner (the noon meal in Kentucky). .
    Same where I came from. Breakfast, dinner and supper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlz View Post
    I ran a firewood business for a few years in high school. All the splitting was done by hand swinging a splitting maul... I would have loved a powered splitter but probably way too slow for most pine. Usually Lodgepole and the like will split with one good whack of a splitting maul. If you got into some really big, knotty Fir it could involve splitting wedges etc. Maybe even chainsaw big rounds in halves or quarters before they could be split the rest of the way by hand. Living in a mountain valley firewood was reasonably close so $65 per cord cut, split and delivered was the going rate.
    I would rather split would with a maul than be bent over a splitter. When I bought a hydraulic splitter for the tractor I picked one that was tall enough so I did not have to be bent over to split. I then build a PT bench to hold the splitter so I had room to stack and move the wood around on. No bending over all day! Funny thing is, if the wood is straight I can split faster by hand. It is the forked pieces that need the splitter. For the last two years I have split with a maul! I like the quiet of the maul. No engine noise. I found a Fisker maul on Amazon with the right handle length. That splitter is NICE!

    I do have a stack of wood I cannot split without using wedges or the wood splitter. What is funny, is that I found a piece of wood that is straight and should split real easy. The Fisker, which came with a decent edge on it, COULD NOT even dent that piece of wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccarty View Post
    I would rather split would with a maul than be bent over a splitter. When I bought a hydraulic splitter for the tractor I picked one that was tall enough so I did not have to be bent over to split. I then build a PT bench to hold the splitter so I had room to stack and move the wood around on. No bending over all day! Funny thing is, if the wood is straight I can split faster by hand. It is the forked pieces that need the splitter. For the last two years I have split with a maul! I like the quiet of the maul. No engine noise. I found a Fisker maul on Amazon with the right handle length. That splitter is NICE!

    I do have a stack of wood I cannot split without using wedges or the wood splitter. What is funny, is that I found a piece of wood that is straight and should split real easy. The Fisker, which came with a decent edge on it, COULD NOT even dent that piece of wood.

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    So, what was on the other end of that Fisker handle? Sounds like the elm I try to split, and they aren't ever more than ten or twelve inches across. I give elm one chance to split, just in case I might get lucky , then I toss it off to the side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccarty View Post
    I would rather split would with a maul than be bent over a splitter. When I bought a hydraulic splitter for the tractor I picked one that was tall enough so I did not have to be bent over to split. I then build a PT bench to hold the splitter so I had room to stack and move the wood around on. No bending over all day! Funny thing is, if the wood is straight I can split faster by hand. It is the forked pieces that need the splitter. For the last two years I have split with a maul! I like the quiet of the maul. No engine noise. I found a Fisker maul on Amazon with the right handle length. That splitter is NICE!

    I do have a stack of wood I cannot split without using wedges or the wood splitter. What is funny, is that I found a piece of wood that is straight and should split real easy. The Fisker, which came with a decent edge on it, COULD NOT even dent that piece of wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1949;3154723[U
    ]So, what was on the other end of that Fisker handle?[/U] Sounds like the elm I try to split, and they aren't ever more than ten or twelve inches across. I give elm one chance to split, just in case I might get lucky , then I toss it off to the side.
    Besides the Dummy, I think it was red oak which usually splits really nice and easy. That one round I hit, if they could built tanks out of it, would be unstoppable.

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    Default Re: Firewood Market

    Like Thomas indicated in NH seasoned cords are $250+ and green off season $150-175. and this is dumped in the driveway.

    I used to split by hand for 15 years, and finally got a splitter - I'm not going backwards at this stage, but I do agree with straight grained wood its faster with a maul.

    We have a fair bit of swamp maple and silver maple and that seems to have more twist than straight grain like red oak and can be cantkerous to split.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBourquin View Post
    Never heard of a "rick" before. Maybe it's because I'm from NY. Here I've only heard it called a "face cord". Guess I learned something new..
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    MossRoad; Do you think you could find it in your heart to forgive me, (LOL) I was enjoying my dinner to much (a dixie loaf sandwich, a bowl of burgoo, and a Ale-8) that I mistakenly said a rick is a half cord, it is indeed a 1/3. Sorry. I usually split with a doubled or single bit axe, mostly single bit in case I need to tap on it sledge. We would usually cut a little sassafras and split in down small to use as kindling. We did have sawmills nearby and could get slab wood to in the shop. Made a hot fire pretty fast but didn't last long, but cheap. Mostly burned coal till 45 years ago then it got hard to come by locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MossRoad View Post
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    all three the same thing here = 1/3 of a cord
    Well, not exactly. Ricks and Face Cords describe an amount of wood 4 feet high and 8 feet wide, or IOW the "face" of a full cord. But only two dimensions. The length of the pieces is not explicit or part of the definition although 16 to 18 inch and 24 inch are common lengths being sold. Thus a face cord of 16 inch pieces would be the equivalent of 1/3 of a full cord. 24 inch pieces would equal half a full cord.

    Yet this pretty simple measurement is often the source of all manner of debate. Never made sense to me but while some insist that full cord measurements are the only way to describe firewood, to me and I'd think most home burners buying wood can more easily envision a 4x8 pile of their firewood than a fraction of a 128 cubic feet amount of wood.

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