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    Firewood question - what would you do?

    I received a load of firewood yesterday. At $65 a face cord, it was supposed to be maple which has been drying for 2 years.
    My woodstove has a door opening of 7x9" and the wood was all to be split to fit in the door.

    This is some of what I got:

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    So what would you do?
    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

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    Tell the guy that sold it to you to come and get it and either bring the right stuff or money back. If you wanted to be splitting logs you would have got your own and not paid him.
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    I'm with Rob on that.
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    Plus 3 with Rob. I would be very unhappy.
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    i'm with them, take a stick to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    take a stick to them.
    Or a piece of firewood
    Jesus was a Woodworker

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    In addition to being the wrong size, some of that looks more like it's been spalting (rotting) for a couple years, instead of drying. I'd reject the whole load, and find another source.
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    Thanks for all your replies. Well, so I called. I told him that his wood was somewhere between fair and poor, that it's covered in mold, and has large amounts that are rotten.
    I'd estimate that about 35% of the wood is ok, and about 50% has spalting and about 15% is rotten.

    He offered to come with his splitter and split the ones that are too big. I told him some of the wood is so lousy I can't even give it away, and that I want him to come and get it, and replace it with decent wood.

    He disagreed with me that wood with fungus isn't ok. "It won't hurt you to burn it" he said. And that he could sell this stuff to 50 other people who wouldn't complain.
    Well we left it that he'll split the big stuff and replace the bad stuff. We'll see if he keeps his word. I'm surely not going to buy from him again. Sad thing is, the guy is 20 years retired military, fairly new in the area, and trying to establish himself in business locally with plowing, firewood, lawnmowing, etc. A rep in his line is important, and he's ruining his with the quality of his product.

    I'll post follow-up when I have some.
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    Get a truck and trailer and I get you more than you can burn in your life. Strong back and gas money is required, I will feed you
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    Just for a frame of reference, a full cord of seasoned (dry) mixed hardwood (Birch, Alder, Big Leaf Maple) that is split and delivered runs about $180 to $220 around here. For a face cord, I think your price is reasonable. Too bad the actual product didn't match the promise.
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