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Expensive firewood getting more expensive

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bisi, Oct 24, 2010.

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  1. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    I’ve got a patch of woods about 10 miles from my house. Between tornadoes and the ice storm I’ve got a lot of trees down. Free firewood. With an insert in the fireplace I can keep the house toasty. Great way to save money on utilities. Yeah right.

    Between the saws, chains, mauls, log chains, wood hooks, gasoline, damage to truck, etc… I could’ve purchased a whole boat load of natural gas.

    I’ve been using a skid steer to get the big stuff out of the woods. After hanging it up a couple of times and tearing up otherwise good trees with it I decided I needed a 4 wheel ATV to help bring the wood out with less of a footprint. Well anyway I purchased a used Suzuki 500 - 4x4 with wench today.

    WTH am I thinking? This has got to be the most expensive way to heat a house with free firewood.

    Sort of like duck hunting I guess. I quit duck hunting because I figured it cost about $500 a duck.

    A young man was getting ready to go to Las Vegas and he was telling an old man about all the free stuff in that town. Free drinks, free food, comped rooms, etc… The old man said “son there is a lot of free stuff in that town, unfortunately you can’t afford any of it”.

    I’m starting to feel the same way with this free firewood. I can’t afford it.
     
  2. lostandout

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    this is first year my heat will be free i just do more with less
     
  3. Big Heap

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    Reminded of the first time I drove into Las Vegas - after dark and my wife was dazzled.

    I told her "remember, this wasn't paid for with federal funds".
     
  4. Auctioneer

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    You in anything need to spend money the first year. After that you have a small amount to spend per year. You also have to learn how to do things. If you don't know how to do things you will damage things. How to cut down a tree without harming your gear. How to cut up a tree without wasting time and damaging the saw. So on and so on. I cut 7 cords a year for the house and its worth it. I save alot of money.

    As for cutting firewood. Lets see your outside, your not in an office, your outside at times seeing the wildlife.

    As for your comment on hunting(ducks), your not a hunter at all but someone that values money over everthing. I would rather be in a duck blind and have a bad hunt then be home and or the office on a good day. When I hunt I look at whats around. Deer,owls, hawks, birds, geese, ducks, mink, beavers so on and so on. So what if I didn't get anything but I did see alot and enjoyed it. You might want to look at things in a diff way and start enjoying things.
     
  5. Frank C

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    Only a matter of time before they figure out a way to TAX you for heating with wood!
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    The Casinos in Vegas are mounuments to losers, the winners take their money and run ... I like to go there often to visit some old friends and the money I have lost there over the years ... I had 9 days free room at one of the nicer Hotel/Casinos there, I figure they cost me about $500 per day when all was said and done ... I had to keep reminding my wife that it was a slot machine, not the ATM at the bank the way she was putting $100 bills in the thing ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. Russ-in-Pa

    Russ-in-Pa Well-Known Member

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    Bisi, Can we see a picture of the wench that came with the 4 wheeler??
     
  8. omgb

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    So you took an ATV and a wench? I hope she was a Redhead, or maybe a hot Latina? I'm a boring guy. I just use my truck and a winch. Never thought of taking a wench with me. Live and learn. :)
     
  9. Remstar311

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    Next year won't be so bad. You should have a piece of crap 4 wheel drive truck and a good stihl saw. Cut it in the woods, throw in truck, chop at home.
     
  10. Bisi

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    Hey who do you guys think I'm cutting all this firewood for, the wench wants a fire in fireplace. LOL

    We need a spell check that understands meaning. Wench, Winch what's the difference? They'll both help pull you through a tough, cold winter. LOL
     
  11. recurvyarcher

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    Yeah, but with a wench you're cookin' with gas.
     
  12. omgb

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    I once cut two cords of fallen timper in an afternoon with the help of my wife. That was the only "wench" I could afford in those days. I was so poor I used a borrowd truck and a borrowed chain saw. I ended up with 15 cords of wood for that winter. I hand split all of that wood after sawing it into 18" lenghts...the biggest length that would go in the stove. I was a stapping young buck in those days. Shoot, I couldn't saw a cord non-stop today let alone split it with a doble bit axe and a maul. Those were the days.....
     
  13. Duck Head

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    A Polock went to buy a chain saw and asked how many cords a day can he cut with it? The Salesman says I cut 4 cords with mine yesterday and I have this same model.The Polock buys it and comes back the next day and jumps the salesman and says "you sold me a piece of junk." "I vworrk all day and get 1/2 cord cut". The salesman fires up the saw to check it out and the Polock says "Vwats that noise?" Firewood warms you twice,once when you cut it and once when you burn it.I already have a couple of saws,I already have a truck, I don't need a quad, I already have a wheelbarrow,mauls,muscles and I'm poor.. so firewood warms me at least twice.All I need to stop me is a moron to get city council to ban woodburners,which could happen if enough people use them and the gas Co. starts losing $ or some witch that don't like the smoke. I say to them...go pound salt.
     
  14. shannon391

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    My Dad heated his home for the last 20 yrs. with wood, he was very frugal and did not spend much doing it.

    He even ran a small add that read " old firewood hauled away for free" you would not believe how much he picked up like that. I helped him haul away 4 cords from a widow that no longer burned wood a few years back.
     
  15. GoldEx

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    The old addage of "the man who heats his home with wood is warm twice" is very, very true. If you have a readily available source of wood located extremely closer to the place you are going to burn it, wood is much cheaper than natural gas, oil or propane. You have to look at the splitting and stacking portion as exercise you should be getting anyway and not figure it as time taking you away from something else you could be doing. As the physiques of most trapshooters would indicate... we don't get quite enough exercise anyway. lol....

    Jeff
     
  16. blackfoot

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    I cut 4 cords a year off my land a year. I try and only cut downed or bear damaged trees and use a removable Front mounted Warn winch w/an additional heavy duty rope to pull the lengths out where i can reach them w/ my Kubota.The rest is cut,haul and stack.

    The only additional cost is a new chain saw every 5 years or so.

    FYI check out Bailey's on line- they are the best for anything rel to logging/woodcutting.
     
  17. DJM

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    I cut, hand split and burned firewood for over 20 years as my primary heat source. I did enjoy my time in the woods but in hind sight believe it was not worth it. There are expenses beyond stove, chimney, chain saw & gas that woodcutters sometimes overlook. It is reletively dangerous work. Lots of chain saw stories out there. My brother in law & I cut a lot of wood together. He had 3 back surgeries in 14 months. We wonder what role all the heavy lifting had in that? And what a mess in the house.
     
  18. wolfram

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    I do see significant reductions in our gas bill by burning wood in the winter, usually about $200 per month or so. I think that savings would pay for my expenses but not much if anything for the labor I put into getting the wood and splitting it.

    But I look at wood gathering as another excuse to get outside and enjoy the day. I refer to it as 'sport cutting' because I usually only cut about 1/2 pickup bed and then go look for birds or something else fun.

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to try a friend's Stihl 159 which looks like a small pruning saw. The looks were very deceptive though as that little saw really worked well even on 12" logs. The best part is that the saw is extermely light and doesn't wear you out. Just the thing for sport cutting. Think I better get one.
     
  19. Duck Head

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    I knew it! "They" are also messing with the home made cigarette rollers here in Pa. You can only get ahead for a little while then "They" catch up with you!Politicians. ugghh!
     
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