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    Hey Guys-

    I saw a company cutting down an oak tree and they let me fill my truck with it for free. I got two truck loads of logs- probably 60 pieces that were about 14" in diameter and 20" long.

    What's a cord of oak cost? I'm just curious what we saved. In fact, we don't have a fireplace but we camp a lot, so I got it to burn at the campground.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Dried firewood (oak is good stuff) for heating here in the Northeast is about $170/cord (8' x 4' x 4') cut, dried, split and delivered......but just in a pile not stacked.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Out here in Central NY its about $55 a face cord.

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    Depends, look in your local paper. Probably in excess of $200.

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    Darn,

    Wish I would have been there, I would have called the wife and had her bring the dump truck down and filed it up, we have very little opportunity to get oak out here where I live, and if you do, it is over $300 a cord!

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    I had the same thing happen to me except it was my neighbors ash tree (no beetles). I don't know what the wood is worth but I know it burns good and seasons quickly.

    My fireplace has a gas insert so wood is not an option. I do however have a fire pit in the back yard that gets a lot of use in the summer.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summer Fun View Post
    Out here in Central NY its about $55 a face cord.
    So about $110 for a full cord.

    Around my neck of the woods, it depends upon how hungry the wood cutter happens to be. Since oak is everywhere, it is relatively inexpensive; anywhere from $75 to $150 a cord.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by scipper77 View Post
    I had the same thing happen to me except it was my neighbors ash tree (no beetles). I don't know what the wood is worth but I know it burns good and seasons quickly.

    My fireplace has a gas insert so wood is not an option. I do however have a fire pit in the back yard that gets a lot of use in the summer.
    Ash is another very good heating wood and can almost be burned as soon as it is dropped and split.

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    A cord of split mixed hardwood goes for about $250 delivered, but not stacked in North West area of NJ. A bit cheaper in PA, where coal is readily available and fairly cheap.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Dry oak around here goes from 250.00 - 350.00

    One cord of dry red oak is equivalent to using 155 gallons of heating oil.

    heating oil around here today is 2.72 per gallon. So 155 gals. today would cost 418.50

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    gee-whiz...

    The two boys we buy from only charge $90.00 a cord...that includes delivery within 20 miles of thier location. They come with thier F350 loaded and ask you where they can stack it for ya... I got two cord from them last winter, and still have about a half left.

    OldePharte.... I think your confused about how many face cords are in a cord... 2 face cord does NOT make up a cord.
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Used to get a pick-up truck load (even with the gunwales) of seasoned hard wood (mostly oak but some beech and hickory) for $40. I think it is $60 now. I can also go in my woods and cut it but found that the pick-up truck load was just too reasonably priced. If you get a face cord make sure it is not a "rabbit" face cord. Old timers use to say a cord of stacked wood sometimes allowed a rabbit to run through the gaps.

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by perchin View Post

    OldePharte.... I think your confused about how many face cords are in a cord... 2 face cord does NOT make up a cord.


    The confusion is yours.

    Since a face cord is at best an invented measurement and in fact often varies from place to place, (heck, I've even seen 12" cutoffs called a "stove cord"....what dat??) , I've seen 2, 3, and even 4 face cords be presented as a the equivalent of a "real" cord, 4'x4'x8'.
    I've never been offered apples by the "face bushel".

    And make sure not to confuse it with a "box" or "truck cord" which some around here call a pickup box full of 16"-20" chunks, randomly thrown in.

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Explanation of cords and "face cords".

    http://www.woodheat.org/firewood/cord.htm
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    In MA, a cord of hardwood (not oak specifically, but it will be a mix of oak, ash, cherry) Starting about mid Nov onward will run you 250 delivered (but obviously not stacked). After winter you can get a cord for about half that.

    The lowballers in the newspapers that claim 150-200 deliver crap, pine, wet/fresh cut wood.
    just because you found it that way... doesn't mean it's supposed to be that way.

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldePharte View Post
    So about $110 for a full cord.

    Around my neck of the woods, it depends upon how hungry the wood cutter happens to be. Since oak is everywhere, it is relatively inexpensive; anywhere from $75 to $150 a cord.
    Ayuh,... Standard stove wood is 16",...
    So, a full cord is 3 face cords...
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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by df909 View Post
    Hey Guys-

    I saw a company cutting down an oak tree and they let me fill my truck with it for free. I got two truck loads of logs- probably 60 pieces that were about 14" in diameter and 20" long.

    What's a cord of oak cost? I'm just curious what we saved. In fact, we don't have a fireplace but we camp a lot, so I got it to burn at the campground.
    To help your calculation...

    That should pile (and this approximate, but IMO reasonable) to 4' x 40" x 7' (2 rows 4"x7')....or about 3/4 Cord of wood.
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    I'm surrounded by farmers so guess what I burn ..... shelled corn .

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    I guess I'm lucky I don't how much it goes for around here. My brother works for a company that clears land for development. When they get into a good oak stand, he'll call my Dad and we'll go cut down a trailer load or two of logs. Then we bring it home cut it up, split it, and stack it. We usually have about 4-5 cords seasoning year round. Whenever my whole family needs some firewood, we have plenty ready to go around.

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    Default Re: What's a cord of oak cost?

    Around my neck of the woods hardly anybody knows what an actual legitimate cord of wood looks even looks like, buyers or sellers. Bummer.

    Most everybody around here buy/sell by the "face cord" for about $45 to $55.

    Course, hardly anybody can agree on what a "face cord" actually is either

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    When made into furniture Oak ,Hickory and Cherry are the most expensive. With all the pressed junk coming from overseas quality furiture comes with a quality price. I work with the Amish and they work with nothing else. Its worth depends on where your at and what folks are going to use it for.

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    I work with the Amish and they work with nothing else
    It looks like your Amish buddies are in trouble.

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    Looks like I made out ok getting it for free. I rented a log spitter and spent the day making little pieces from big pieces. My neighbor's thought I was crazy since we don't have a fireplace and we live in Southern California, but we'll have some sweet campfires when we camp. Places out here charge $7 for a small bundle of mostly soft wood that has maybe 7-9 pieces.
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    You can rent a splitting maul in Southern California???

    Buy a maul 16" pieces of oak are not that bad and it will heat you twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by df909 View Post
    Looks like I made out ok getting it for free. I rented a log spitter and spent the day making little pieces from big pieces. My neighbor's thought I was crazy since we don't have a fireplace and we live in Southern California, but we'll have some sweet campfires when we camp. Places out here charge $7 for a small bundle of mostly soft wood that has maybe 7-9 pieces.
    You are crazy but we like crazy.

    I mentioned earlier that I am in the same situation as you (neighbors ash tree). I bought a log splitting axe (hybrid maul/blade). I figure for camp fire use I can chop wood as needed. I guess in my mind spending money to rent a splitter ruins the spirit of "free" wood (I'm crazy too).

    I already chopped up a bunch of the wood so it will season properly for next year. Some of the bigger logs are really hard to split with my axe. I just cut halfway through the side of one of the bigger logs with my chainsaw. I figure this will make it easier to split in the future but will wear the heck out of the chain to do regularly.

    Since I have a joe homeowner chainsaw used for light duty (fallen branches, trimming lower branches etc) the chain will last for years as long as I stop abusing it. I'll post you a pic if I can get it off of my phone just because pics are fun.
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