I love free firewood!
With electricity prices continually increasing, it’s making less and less economic sense to heat your home with electricity. And you can’t beat the warmth and coziness of a slow combustion fireplace.
Getting firewood can be a problem – a cut and split load of seasoned hardwood costs something like $220/ton. If you have a trailer and are prepared to load it yourself, it seems to go for about half that price.
I’m not sure on the exact prices, though, because I’ve never needed to pay for firewood.
Last year, I met a guy through FreeCycle who had a few trees blow down in strong winds. I helped him cut them up and stack the small branches, and could take away as much of the wood as I liked. It took some time, and I had to split it when I got it home, but I got enough firewood to last us a year or more.
I also collected an old hardwood fence that someone was replacing. It burns very well, and fence pailings are easy to cut down to firebox length with a circular saw (be careful of nails) and split with a machete. Perfect kindling!
We have a lot of gum trees on our property, and they drop a lot of sticks we can use as kindling. Sometimes they also drop larger branches, which get added to the firewood pile.
I know of people who use timber pallets as free firewood. You need to be careful they haven’t been chemically treated, though.
There’s an industrial area near where I work, and one of the businesses has big crates of timber offcuts out the front for people to take away as firewood. Presumably it would go to landfill otherwise.
Where do you get your firewood? I’d love to hear from anyone that’s growing their own!