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Thread: Firewood: Over-run with orders

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    Firewood: Over-run with orders

    I guess I should have started to cut firewood a long time ago. I figured I would cut the trees around the edges of my fields to keep the trees and limbs from hitting the tractors as they harvest the crop ground. At the same time I could take this wood and cut it up into firewood and sell it. Kind of two birds with one stone...

    This past weekend I cut 10 cord of firewood tree length. I figured I could spend some days this spring cutting it up and splitting it, and then sell it next fall. Nope, I've already sold 20 cord of wood at tree length. I'm in hopes to flatten 10 more cords this weekend to make up for the shortfall. I don't know how well that will work though, we got 10 more inches of snow from the "rain" they predicted. With the snow we already got, it might prove to be tough on my little tractor, but we'll see. As small as it is, the thing always impresses me so it might handle this well enough.
    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!"

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    Congrats on the new fortune,20 X ? is good money. Should speed up the garage project, maybe add an extra bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Hungler View Post
    Congrats on the new fortune,20 X ? is good money. Should speed up the garage project, maybe add an extra bay.
    I'm not as rich as you think. In my haste I did mention that I sold this wood Tree Length, but Tree Length firewood is worth only 90 bucks a cord since its not dry, cut into 16 inch lengths or split.

    Still its a great deal because I don't have much time invested in it. It took me about 10 hours to fell, limb and haul out that 10 cords, so that's about 90 bucks an hour...before expenses.

    I can make 300 a cord next fall if its cut, split, stacked, dry and delivered, but that all takes time and money. At least 40 hours of labor to work up 10 cord of wood. So if you do the math on that, it actually ends up being less moneyper cord for tree length wood, but more money per hour for my work.

    Tree Length= 20 hours to produce 20 cord at 90 per cord= $90 per hour

    Fitted Firewood= 100 hours to produce 20 cord at 300 per cord= $60 per cord

    I would like to split the difference and sell a few tree length cords,and then work up a few cords of firewood just so that I have some thing to do this Spring. Still it seems kind of foolish to work hard and get less money per hour in the end.

    Maybe I should just say to heck with logging and all this crazy math and just go snowmobiling instead!
    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!"

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    Gee Travis and you waonder why your shoulder is hurting
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

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    My vote is for snowmobiling instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Gerhard View Post
    My vote is for snowmobiling instead.
    Yeah but our buddy Travis likes to hit rocks I'm not sure if he's safer on the snowmobile or chainsaw

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    Travis, I think Robert has a point. I forgot about your penchant for smacking into rocks. Maybe you'd just better stick with earning money and hope that you survive the chainsawing experience with all limbs intact. Let's see, the minimum wage in Maine is $7, so it seems that no matter which one you do you're way ahead of poverty.

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    Yeah I admit I play pretty hard. I also pack quite a bit into my life so I'm always doing something, even if its work to most people. One of the reasons I like my chiropractor/ massage therapist so much is that they keep me going.
    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!"

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    Drew typed what I have been thinking since reading this thread! Now you know why the shoulder is hurting!!

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    You guys sound like my Chiropractor. She was shocked that I was still working at work. When I told her I have been snowmobiling and cutting wood on the weekends, she could not believe it.

    I'm not a big fan of rest. I figure I will get plenty of that when I'm dead.
    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!"

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