Tips for Buying Firewood
Whether you’re looking for wood to burn in a fireplace, wood stove or backyard fire pit, here’s what to keep in mind before you buy.
How much space do I have to store the wood?
A cord is a cord
Determine what kind of wood is best for your fires
Only burn seasoned wood
- Is delivery available? If so, is there an extra charge?
- Will they stack the wood where you want to store it or will they leave it in a pile on your driveway?
- If you're picking it up, will they help you load up the wood? (A typical 8 ft. truck bed will hold about one-third of a cord if the wood is piled loosely or two-thirds of a cord if it's tightly stacked.)
- And, of course, ask the price and negotiate. Ask around first and find out what the going rate is for firewood in your area. Find out the price and then you can haggle over delivery charges, etc. You don't like to haggle? That's okay, too.
Once you find a good, trustworthy firewood source, build a relationship with them. Shady firewood dealers are out there, so know what you want, ask the right questions. And if you follow this guide you can develop a reliable firewood source that keeps your fires burning for years to come.