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  • Selling firewood?

    This is a great article. It talks about how a lawn care business owner who needed a winter income source, found it with selling wood!

    What do you think of this? Would you like to do this?

    Firewood dealer's business thriving this year - Jeff Thiele of Benton has sold 100 cords of firewood already this fall, compared to his total seasonal sales of 25 cords last year. A cord of wood is defined as four feet tall, four feet wide and eight feet long with a total of about 85 cubic feet of wood because of air space between the pieces.

    Thiele once had a lawn mowing contract at Rend Lake, and when that expired, he started a commercial lawn mowing operation. Since that business was seasonal, he tried to find something to do during the winter months, and he decided on firewood.
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  • #2
    With oil at an all time high, $90+ per barrel, firewood will become very much in demand again. At least in this neck of the woods, I predict seasoned split wood will be going for close to $250 per cord.

    I've been thinking about leasing some land in order to have a place to cut, split, and store wood for next year. I'm not too crazy about how labor intensive it is, but for that kind of money....

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    • #3
      Around here a cord of dry oak is going for $299. Hard work, but can be worth it if you just need some income.
      Northern California

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      • #4
        One of my friends just got a wood burning stove that runs on wood pellets!

        I wonder if this is gonna be a big thing in the future.
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        • #5
          Nice thing about wood pellets is the abilty to adjust the rate of feed and temp control. The stuff burns quite well leaving little ash. Storing the bags is lots easier and cleaner as well.

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          • #6
            Found a video on a firewood processor called the Chomper. *All self contained and requires only one person to run it.

            http://www.chomper.net/video.html

            This will lead you to a page where you can choose your player and connection speed.



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            • #7
              That is a real amazing device! 1 man could really process a huge amount of firewood!
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              • #8
                Oh check this out! It shows you how wood pellets are made!

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                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4VP129rWcY
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                • #9
                  I think I&#39;m in love&#33; ...and her name is ChOmPeR&#33;



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                  • #10
                    Can you imagine that? It&#39;s such an amazing tool&#33;
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                    • #11
                      GOTTA add it to my wish list&#33;&#33; I mean, think about it... you have ONE or TWO guys you REALLY trust... I mean REALLY REALLY trust... get in touch with some tree guys... find out where they&#39;re dropping trees... tell them you&#39;ll haul the trees off for them for a SMALL fee... or maybe even free... then you send your guy(s) out there with this baby... and on the side of THAT truck you put a big sign that advertises firewood&#33;

                      Interesting, huh?

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                      • #12
                        Oh yea&#33; That is a great idea&#33; How much do these things cost?
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                        • #13
                          The Chomper with the 80 hp Deere diesel is about &#036;38K. You can also get them with pto or bigger & smaller engines.

                          Its about the same price as a truck when you think about it.

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                          • #14
                            38K? Man it would take a lot of wood to pay for that&#33;
                            Northern California

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                            • #15
                              The small ones go for around &#036;15,000.... still a hefty price, but good for a start... maybe you could get your bank to give you a business loan if you
                              re REALLY interested.

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