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Firewood Pricing: These are pick up prices
LOCAL DELIVERY $20 ADDITIONAL
Face Cord Pick Up: $140
1/2 Cord Pick Up: $195
Full Cord Pick Up: $345
Face Cord Pick Up: $160
1/2 Cord Pick Up: $262
Full Cord Pick Up: $385
*Firewood bundles available in palettes for commercial resale – Call for pricing
BUNDLES AND SLEEVES ARE MIXED HARDWOOD
Wood delivery prices do not include stacking.
*Prices are subject to change at any time
*For delivery a check must be in the door before driver will dump, a visual marker must be present in the driveway to indicate where mulch is to be dumped. Drivers will only dump on driveways and will not drive on grass areas.
Great wood is useless if it hasn’t been properly stacked. Consider a cord of firewood piled haphazardly in the backyard: It will soak up moisture, attract bugs, and quickly decompose. But set the wood on a base three inches from the ground, stack it in crisscrossed layers, and protect it from bad weather, and it will fuel your home (and your soul) throughout the winter months.
Nowadays, most people order their firewood instead of taking to the forest to chop down what they need. Although fall brings the first delivery, now is the time when refills often arrive, and it can be properly stacked wherever snow isn’t too deep. Before ordering firewood, it helps to understand some of the basics. Wood is usually classified into two broad categories: hardwood and softwood. Hardwood makes the best firewood because it is usually denser than softwood, and therefore burns more efficiently. Softwood, as its name suggests, is generally not as dense, and it serves better as kindling for starting fires. But some hardwoods are less dense than some softwood, so to get the best logs for firewood, ask for deciduos, or leafdropping, wood, which is denser and less resinous than conifer varieties. Hickory, white oak, and sugar maple provide some of the best fuel for winter fires, along with red oak, beech, and yellow birch.
No wood, regardless of its density, will burn unless it has been properly seasoned. Once cut into logs and split into pieces for the fireplace, wood must be stacked outdoors to dry for six months to a year. When the moisture content of the wood has dropped from about 45 percent to 20 percent, the wood will burn efficiently. Most wood sold and delivered to homes as firewood has already been seasoned. Before accepting a delivery, test it for sufficient seasoning. Cracks should radiate from the center of the logs, a sign that a substantial amount of moisture has left the wood. Also look for loose bark and a dull color.
We do not stack firewood after delivering it to your home. Here are some instructions on how to properly stack your wood. Select a spot, away from your house, that receives direct sunlight and good airflow. Correct placement will keep insects away from the house, and good airflow will help keep the wood seasoned. First, make a base with several pressure-treated four-by-fours or cinder blocks to protect the wood from rising moisture. Either stack the entire cord in crisscross pattern, alternating the direction of the logs with each layer to create a sturdy structure, or build the classic crisscross tower at each end of the base, and pile the wood between them in parallel lines. Both methods ensure proper aeration, which prevents the cord from turning into a veritable terrarium.
To stack wood year-round, consider building a permanent structure in the backyard, one that will protect the wood from rain and snow. Alternatively, a tarp makes a temporary, cost-effective cover. Throw it over the pile, like a blanket, or prop it on tall poles like a tent.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac specifies that the pieces of wood in a stack should be placed far enough apart to let a mouse run through, but close enough to prevent a cat from running after it. Build the stack on a base made of two pressure-treated four-by-fours to prevent moisture from destroying the base and the firewood. Or use cinder blocks, placing several side by side. Then stack the wood to get the result pictured below.
1. Lay four or five logs parallel to one another at one end of the base.
2. Add a second layer of four or five logs perpendicular to the first layer.
3. Keep crisscrossing until eleven or so layers have been stacked. Build a similar tower at the other end, and fill the center with logs placed side by side. With the remaining wood, you can build an identical stack behind the first, resulting in two stacks standing back to back (show completed and covered, top right). Check regularly to be sure the stack is sturdy.
What burns best?
Hardwoods are not all the same. The hardwoods below are listed in descending order to their desirability as firewood.
Oak: Aside from being one of the finest firewoods, the white oak is widely used to make furniture and the barrels in which whiskey is aged. The red oak’s slightly reddish wood burns a little less efficiently than the white oak, but its fragrance is more pronounced.
Hickory: The varieties of hickory offer the highest quality of hardwood. Hickory is the densest of firewoods, burning for long periods and providing lasting heat.
Maple: The sugar maple is known for its sap, which Is used to make maple syrup, while the tree itself is among the densest of hardwoods. Although sugar-maple firewood does not light easily, it burns very efficiently and gives off a strong fragrance.
Beech: At one time, vast groves of American Beech were the habitat of huge flocks of the now-extinct passenger pigeon. The beech burns very well but produces only a slight fragrance. Unlike most trees, the bark of the beech remains smooth as it ages.
Birch: Birch bark has played a significant role in the history of American crafts. Native Americans used it to make canoe and wigwam coverings, as well as makeshift shoes. The yellow birch is rated among the best fuels for fire, along with the white birch.
Ash: Native Americans once made a dark, bitter sugar from the sap of the ash. Deer nibble at its branches, and bees extract nectar from its small flowers. The white ash has good coaling qualities, products few sparks, and releases a subtle fragrance.
Cherry: There are many kinds of cherry trees, but not all of them bear the sweet cherry fruit used in pies. The chokecherry produces the tart cherries used in baking and cooking. The black cherry’s main uses are as lumber, firewood, and fine furniture. Black cherry is one of the few hardwoods that release a potent fragrance when it burns.
Although stacking is something of science, the form of the stack is open to creative interpretation. This zigzag “wall” (right) is made of three square stacks. Make a crisscross square stack five logs wide and as many layers tall as you wish. Make a second stack at the corner of the first, at a night angle to it, resulting in stacks that appear to move laterally across the ground. Add a third stack, and continue to build with the remaining wood. A zigzag stack acts as a nice garden wall, protecting freshly sown seeds or young trees from the wind. It can also hide unwanted views. Using the same crisscross method, other architectural forms, like a circle or an oval, can surround an object.
Covers prevent damage from rain and snow. For the covering pictured at top, sink three pressure-treated poles in front of the stack. 3 ½ feet apart (we used poles 5 feet 6 inches tall). Repeat behind the stack with three 4-foot-tall poles. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores). Make six reinforced holes in a 9-by-5 foot waxed tarp: one hold in each corner, and one in the middle of each long side. We used carabiners (metal rings with spring-hinged side, used in mountain climbing) to attach the tarp to nails driven into the tops of the poles. Finally, tie rope around tops of poles, and secure with 2-foot wooden stakes.
A small stack by the house provides easy access (above). Fold a waxed tarp in half, and make five aligned grommet holes on each narrow side, to attach to wall hooks. Weight tarp with a galvanized pipe 1-inch in diameter, placed in the fold of tarp. Caps ends of pipe to prevent rusting.