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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by WVwoodsman, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. WVwoodsman

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    I'm looking for firewood/firewood grade logs and have placed ads on craigslist. I have had some people call me with offers both for split firewood and logs. Most of the callers are a few hours away which means paying for transportation costs. I spoke to a guy today in PA. that will deliver a overflowing 40 yard trailer of split wood for $1000.00. I asked him how many cords this worked out to and he told me around 8 cords which would be about $125 each. His travel time is approximately 2 hours one way. My next offer is local and would be for a tri-axle load of green mixed hard woods for $400 delivered. I think this is a no brainer. I'm leaning toward the tri-axle load of green logs.
     
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    "My next offer is local and would be for a tri-axle load of green mixed hard woods for $400 delivered."
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    Can he gave you an estimate of the volume that trailer is going to hold? That might vary substantially depending on the sidewall racks. It would need to hold 4 cords for a significantly lower price.
     
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    A 40 yard trailer would yield closer to 6 cord not 8 cord of cut and split. The tri axle loads around here run around 6-7 cords.
     
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    Thats more along the lines of what i was thinking. i did the math and got a little over 5 cords. but that could vary depening on how long the wood is. not calling him a liar, just dont want him to take your money..
     
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    There are 27 cu. ft. in a yard. So 40 yards times 27 = 1080 cu. ft.
    There are 128 cu. ft. in a cord. So 1080 divided by 128 = 8.4375 cords.
    So the question is; Is the trailer stacked full, or loose thrown?
    If it's loose thrown it's hard to say how much it would be. Don't know how loose he throws. If it came out close to what my loose thrown does it would be about 5.5 cords.
    If the seller is claiming about 8 cords, it would have to be stacked in the trailer.

    Andy
     
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    Are you Folks talking about Face cords or Full cords of wood ??:confused:
     
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    Oh Crap.....Here we go again

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    good point. i just assumed it was thrown in. but who would stack it "overflowing"?
     
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    I believe we should think in terms of full cords, otherwise OP's first estimate is completely invalid. 40 yards means 1080 cubic feet and that's just over 8.4 cords. So, that price quote of $125 a cord is at least in the ball park and a fair estimate in OP's favor ($119 a cord actual).

    Thus the first quote is from an honest merchant. The second quote is still lurking in the bushes unless we know how much that man's 3-axle trailer is going to deliver.

    Now, if BlackDogon's estimate is correct, the $400 quote is the best buy. But, will that 3-axle trailer be loaded to capacity? That's the real question, so it is not really a "no brainer".
     
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    WVWoodsman, PM or EM me sometime and lets see if you and I can help you and me out.:)
     
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    Nobody stacks wood in a 40 yard dump truck. It would usually be loaded with a big bucket or conveyed right off processor. 1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet. 1 loose cord = approx 180 cubic feet. 40x27/180= 6 cords (128 cubic feet stacked - real cords)
     
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    I've decided not to get the dump truck of split wood, I could get 2 tri-axle loads for $800 and still have $200 left over. I'd rather do it this way than pay $1000.00 for only roughly 5 cords. Now I just need to find a place to have the logs dropped.
     

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