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Old 09-08-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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What's the going rate for firewood in the Kalispell area? Someone told me $150 but that seem very high, especially with thousands of acres of it growing everywhere you turn.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:29 PM
 
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That seems bout right. My uncle sold fire wood for $125/cord delivered bout two years ago. So $150 now doesn't seem unreasonable. My advice is if your able go get it on your own, saves time, fun with family, you get out and see nature as well.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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My sons friend cuts and sells firewood and they're getting $165 a cord. You can get a permit and go get your own for free though...
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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What's the going rate for firewood in the Kalispell area? Someone told me $150 but that seem very high, especially with thousands of acres of it growing everywhere you turn.
The other posters are about right. You aren't paying for the wood, your paying for the cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking, and delivering cost. Wood is basically free.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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The other posters are about right. You aren't paying for the wood, your paying for the cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking, and delivering cost. Wood is basically free.
Oh, ok. Now that makes sense.

Here's a city-slicker question. With the right saw and a helper, how long does it usually take to cut and load a cord of wood into a truck?
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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Oh, ok. Now that makes sense.

Here's a city-slicker question. With the right saw and a helper, how long does it usually take to cut and load a cord of wood into a truck?
Well, couple things. First of all, you can't fit a cord of wood into a truck. A cord of wood is 8 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet. Generally it takes two full size trucks or four compact pickup trucks to haul a cord of wood.

As far your question, I don't know exactly how long it takes but it is a heck of a lot of work. You'll need to find some trees close to the road to fell, then fell them and skid them to your truck, then buck the trees into 18" long rounds and throw them in the truck. Once you get home, you will need to unload the truck, split them into small pieces, and stack them into neat firewood piles. Then you usually haul them into the house in small loads and stack them near the fireplace. Then you have to stoke the fire frequently (usually every 2-3 hours) and then periodically let the fire die out so you can take the ashes out. Finally in the summer you have to go on the roof and clean out the chimney.

Since you are looking a big house, you'll probably need three or four stoves to keep it warm. So you'll probably have to stoke one of the stoves about every hour and haul in one or two loads of wood each day.

Or you can have geothermal installed where all you have to do is turn a knob to make your house warmer. No cleaning or work required.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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Or you can have geothermal installed where all you have to do is turn a knob to make your house warmer. No cleaning or work required.
Having heated with wood and coal (usually chopped and sometimes dug by myself) ..... I seriously like that idea!!!

And a woodstove on the side, handy for getting rid of deadfalls and scrap wood, and for cooking soup. You can't have a woodstove without a pot of soup permanently affixed to its top.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood????
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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From my experience, with my uncle cutting the 16-20 in. pieces, me splitting, and my brother loading. We could get 1 cord into the truck, we had side boards on the bed... so yes you can get a cord into a truck w/ modifications . It usually took us any where between 1-2 hours. I was young so it was tough but I didn't find it too be a huge hassle.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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From my experience, with my uncle cutting the 16-20 in. pieces, me splitting, and my brother loading. We could get 1 cord into the truck, we had side boards on the bed... so yes you can get a cord into a truck w/ modifications . It usually took us any where between 1-2 hours. I was young so it was tough but I didn't find it too be a huge hassle.
Yes, with side boards you can have the volume to fit a cord of wood in the truck.

The other caution I'd give before a guy goes and throws a cord of wood into a truck is to consider the weight. "Dry" wood weighs somewhere around 1.5 to 2 ton per cord, so you'll want a beefy truck to haul a full cord. This size truck is readily available if you want it, but the most common size truck is the 3/4 ton.
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