“For those of you who sell firewood, what works the best for stacking and drying? Do you stack on 4-by-8-foot sections? This may seem like a real easy question, but I have not been able to find out what folks that dry a lot of wood do or prefer. I am open to any suggestions.”
“Split it and wait. Unless you’re premeasuring the wood into cords, I wouldn’t bother with stacking it. Time is money. We split and push the wood into piles with a skid loader with a grapple. Most people that sell wood never stack the wood unless the customer wants it stacked at their house (then charge them for it).
“At the volume of wood we sell, it would be counterproductive to stack it on pallets. If you only sell a couple cords a year, it might be OK, but we sell more firewood than any other company in eastern Colorado.”
“I’m no expert, but the guy I sell a good amount of wood to, in turn, he sells for a fair market value to the public, stacks his in 1/3-cord boxes. These are true 1/3 cords. That is to say, one row 16 inches cut length, 4 feet high, 8 feet long. This guy is never slow, and is amazed at the constant flow of new customers who have no idea they got ripped off so much in the past. Firewood should never be sold or purchased if it is not measured into some true quantity that reflects the 1 cord or 128 cubic feet unit of measure. Be proud of your product and your honesty.”
“I used to sell wood when I lived up north. We used to just heap it up, let it dry a couple weeks and then throw it on the truck, stack the back row and it was great. We never shorted a customer. A thrown-on cord consists of 168 cubic feet, roughly, because it’s not stacked. The reason I sold most of my wood on the greener side was I convinced my customers that it was best to get wood early in the spring (when supply is high, and demand was low). This allowed them to stack the wood under cover early. And, guess what, all I had to stack was that back row on the truck. I didn’t have to store wood for much more than a couple weeks, if that. And, I never got a complaint for shortage or being too green. My average customer was buying 6 cords per year. Firewood up there was a way of life.”
“After we split, we stack the wood only two rows deep. We have sections that consist of cords, so that way when we go to sell, we know which sections are already dry, and since they are already sorted into single-cord sections, we just throw them into the truck and dump on-site for the customer. The stacks are open-faced, but are covered on top, which keeps most of the rain off the stacks.”
“With propane and natural gas prices jumping as much as 200 percent in the past two years, a lot of people are going back to wood or pellet stoves. Every year our firewood business goes up about 2 percent and is now 15 percent of our annual income.”
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