How do you determine the value of the firewood you are buying? It is my opinion that the true value of firewood is really about the buyer’s desire for service and convenience. Most consumers consider the standard “cord” to be the best measurement of value, but I would suggest that it is not the only, nor the best, method of calculating firewood value.
Stewart was interviewed recently by NBC, Channel 29 discussing the shortage of firewood resulting from the very cold winter this year.
Firewood! Just the thought of it brings to mind warmth, comfort and work. That’s right, a lot of work as one cord of wood weighs over 4000 pounds. And guess how many times it must be handled between stump and hearth. First the tree is felled, cut into fire logs and loaded for transport. Second the logs are split and stacked for seasoning. Third the firewood is loaded for transport to the customer. Fourth the wood is stacked for dry storage until needed. And fifth the log is carried to the fire. That’s five times two tons, or ten tons of lifting for every cord of wood burned. Now I ask you is firewood worth so much work? My answer is yes. [Read more…]