Economical Firewood: Acquiring a Good, Cheap Stock
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Economical Firewood: Acquiring a Good, Cheap Stock

There's a cheap way to get firewood for winter heating. Read this guide to find out how, including methods of acquiring and avoiding some common pitfalls of processing firewood. Gadgets do not help as much as patience and consistence. The best method is to independently locate free wood and use manual tools to process it into useful firewood.

There are a lot of wrong ways to acquire firewood. The wrong ways are usually the easy, heavily-advertised methods: Craigslist ads of locals ready to deliver a truckload for 80 dollars are a pretty good deal, but you can do better. If you live in a heavily-wooded area, you may notice that tree servicemen travel around your area trimming trees near power lines and dropping dead ones. These servicemen are the best source of wood for the highly motivated.

There's a number of reasons why trees dropped by local services (such as Asplundh in Augusta, Georgia) are an excellent source of wood. First, the wood is usually on public road property, meaning that it is free for the taking. This puts you ahead of the game already by ensuring that you never paid for the product.

If a tree service drops a tree, it usually means that the tree is dead. There are several advantages to a dead tree. First, much of the moisture has been evaporated from the wood, meaning that it is much lighter to handle, and it won't wear your chain saw out as much to process it. Also, tree services don't generally remove the wood, but they do cut it down into manageable sections to make it movable and to get it out of the roadway. All this means less chain saw work for you, and this means less money spent on gas, oil, and chains.

Tree services are prominent in cities, because trees can easily grow incompatible with the houses and equipment they are near. What this means for you is that the wood sources are usually local to you. This is less gas spent on driving, and of course, less money.

One thing acquiring your own free stock of firewood will not save you is time. Processing firewood is a labor intensive activity, and it takes a while to get it done with manual methods. Mechanical methods may be slightly faster, but they remove the economical advantages of the exploit.

Not all advantages to splitting your own supply of wood are financial. Although it might cost you $250 to $500 per winter or more if you buy your wood, and $50 if you do the work yourself, the satisfaction of seeing a gigantic stack in your backyard that was made exclusively by you can't be purchased. Also, you know exactly how long split wood has been curing, meaning you will know the right time to burn it. With purchased wood, it's difficult to tell the inner moisture of the wood.

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Very informative!

Well done!