That it: Cutting Firewood!!
Yep I'm cutting firewood...and no its not going to be for me. I am not that foolish and willing to take those risks with my home. Nope I am cutting firewood for sale.
I just saw firewood in the local paper going for 300 dollars a cord. Now I have never seen that before, even in the most heaviest forested state in the nation and a darn old state at that. I still cannot belive someone would pay 300 bucks a cord for firewood.
Even if this guy doesn't get his price, the other three listings were not far behind at 245 dollars a cord. That is just downright insane. Last year I was tempted to cut a few cords and sell them but figured last years high prices would be just a one season thing. I can see now I was wrong.
Now this leaves me with a delemia though. This 300 dollar wood was for apple wood, or wood high in BTU's. Where I live these old fields used to be apple orchards back in the early 1800's and were converted to potato fields, and later hay fields and corn fields or even back to forests. That means I got a lot of apple trees scattered out through the woods. I could wrestle up 5-10 cords of this easy enough, but I typically leave apple trees to grow because the deer like them. Still for 300 bucks a cord the deer just might go hungry and the taxes get paid quite easily.
Of course I could opt for the lower grade firewood, cut a bit more of it, but leave the apple trees for the deer.
300 bucks a cord!! Who would have thought!!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"