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Old 11-02-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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I think the cold is finally here to stay, and I have a home with a fireplace for the first time in my life!

During the last cold snap a couple weeks ago I took it for a test run with a couple of those little firewood bundles they sell in front of grocery stores. It was fun and all, but they were 6.99 a piece for maybe 90 minutes of burn time.

Where do people with wood burning fireplaces get firewood on the cheap? I'm hoping for something more cost effective, whether that's cheaper wood or bigger logs that burn longer. I'm in Durham.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:21 PM
 
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I always go on the local community sale groups on Facebook and find people selling wood there. Usually $75-100 for a cord. Make sure it's seasoned (dry) before you buy/burn it. I wouldn't pay over $100 for a cord. Make sure to buy hardwoods such as oak, hickory, or maple because they burn the longest.

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Old 11-03-2019, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It may be too late to buy firewood for this winter.
Most people will be selling fresh-cut, green, unseasoned wood. Burning green wood is a great way to fill your chimney with creosote and create a fire hazard.
I prefer to buy in the spring for the next winter heating season. Then I know it has had time to season.

https://www.csia.org/chimneyfires.html
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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first question becomes will you need it delivered or not.

after that, yes the local Nextdoor, Facebook, etc is good. Depending where you are in Durham, drive out towards the "country" and look for signs.

If you can pick up, then the State Farmer's Market is a good spot. Even though I'm from Durham, can't say I'm familiar with places to buy firewood.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Usually $75-100 for a cord. Make sure it's seasoned (dry) before you buy/burn it. I wouldn't pay over $100 for a cord.

Is that for a full cord (4x4x8) or a "face" cord, which is typically only ~2 feet deep?
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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craigslist
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:47 PM
 
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Facebook and craigslist.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:14 PM
 
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Is that for a full cord (4x4x8) or a "face" cord, which is typically only ~2 feet deep?
Full cord. Face cord isn't worth it. If I see Face cord in an ad, I keep scrolling.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:27 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for all the information! Someone I know offered to let me take some fallen logs from their yard, but I suppose since that wood isn't seasoned, it wouldn't be a good idea to burn it this winter?

I've found a few people selling seasoned firewood on nextdoor and craigslist, and others giving away wood pallets, or just random wood in their yard. Are those things safe to burn indoors?

I will definitely check out the state farmer's market. I can't believe I didn't think to check there before!
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:38 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for all the information! Someone I know offered to let me take some fallen logs from their yard, but I suppose since that wood isn't seasoned, it wouldn't be a good idea to burn it this winter?

I've found a few people selling seasoned firewood on nextdoor and craigslist, and others giving away wood pallets, or just random wood in their yard. Are those things safe to burn indoors?

I will definitely check out the state farmer's market. I can't believe I didn't think to check there before!
Well you can bust up the pallets for kindling. As for random wood/logs in the yard....you need to find out how long it's been there and if it needs to be split. The logs might not fit in your fireplace. Again, you don't want to burn wood that hasn't had time to dry out yet. If the wood is still green, you can still get it, stack it somewhere, and burn it next winter. There's moisture meters you can buy on Amazon for about $20 that you can use to test the moisture content of firewood. You don't want to burn any wood that has over 25% moisture content. If somebody is selling seasoned firewood at a reasonable price, I would jump on it because it won't be around long. And if you don't have a pickup or trailer, you'll need to rent one or find out if they deliver.

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