Wal Mart advertises "lowest prices - always" so I bought a cord of firewood
there. I know it is the lowest price because, wee, they say so in their
It came in cute little bundles of 3/4 cubic foot so I bought 171 of them at
$8.97 each. Total came to $1533.87 plus tax for the cord. Yep, a couple
cords of that wood and I'm going to beat the high cost of oil this year.
The pallet I saw was still full. Perhaps people really do have some common
sense and won't pay those prices.
many people wouldn't have any idea where to find it otherwise.
Personally I only use black locust I find in the street after storms; they
leave it cut up, if only they would split it... I have 14 acres of oak and
maple, but I just let that rot cause there's nothing like BL.
"If you have one or two ornamental fires a year, it is a good deal. I
many people wouldn't have any idea where to find it otherwise. "
$8.97 for 3/4 of c a cubic foot is a good deal? You can find small
bundles for a lot less than that even here in NJ.
Dunno, I bought a cord for $180 about five years ago. I've used about a
quarter of it. ;-) Even though I live in cold-country (northern Vermont)
the wood stove will chase me out if it's above about 0F. The thing has an
ornamental window, so I can't let it burn down too far before re-lighting
it or the smoke will get burnt onto the window. What a PITA!
@#$%!^& $8.95 for less than a cubic foot? I
thought $5.95 was robbery.
Funny how Walmart advertises those dropping
prices, but they don't explain that the price
never get near zero. They do drop the prices, but
they magically seem to go back up after a little
This is Turtle.
I may get ripped off but here is a deal I have on fire wood. A customer
offered the trees that fell on his land, splitter, tractor and trailor
to haul it, and everything is their waiting for me to start with 5
trees already down for me. Now here comes the cost that I will have to
worry about. I have to furnish my chain saw and burn the fuel and oil
for to cut it up. Do you think I will come out a head if I have to
furnish the gas and oil for my chain saw ? This is a hard one to figure
but do you really think I can come out a head on this deal ?
I have the best deal around. My town, like many, cuts up logs from
town trees that have fallen down in storms or had to be cut down for
safety reasons The DPW takes the cut logs to the recycle depot, and
any resident can have them if they want. Most of these logs are quite
Fortunately I have a friend who -- get this -- actually LIKES to split
wood (and he does it by hand, with a maul). Just a month or so ago he
showed up with an SUV full of cleanly split hardwood logs, perfectly
sized for our fireplace, and gave us the entire load. It's more than
enough for the occasional use we give our fireplace ... and my wife
and I are not complaining.
I can't imagine that *any* chain retail store could compete with local
prices with something like firewood. Simply due to the large amount of space
it takes up and shipping costs.
These stores have regional distribution centers, so they would have to ship
the cord of wood to a distribution center, then ship it to a store from
there -vs- Local: Just truck it a few miles.
And then you would need to "package" it for easy transportation somehow.
Maybe stack a load on a pallet and tie it down with metal bands or shrink
wrap it. This would take time and materials and also add to the cost.
Locally, it is just "pile it into the back of a pick-up".
Oh, I know. I cry every time I see a pile of bad firewood that they are
selling to people for about $8 per cubic foot. I get all misty inside just
talking about it. Particularly when you can buy a cord of firewood for a
lot less. We need to contact our legislators to put an end to such sad
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT. I just had an idea. If everyone would just stop buying
the $8 bundles, they would quit selling them, right?
But all the people who buy for convenience, or for that twice a year
"ambience" fire would keep buying them. We need to find these people and
make them STOP!
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