It’s springtime and that means many things to many people; spring cleaning, landscaping, gardening and picnics. All of those things conjure up bright and happy images for a multitude of people. Springtime, for me, however get me thinking about heating up my house.
Wait, before you click away let me explain. My household loves a roaring fireplace during the cold dreary winter months. If you do too, then you know exactly how wonderful it is to hear the crackle of a wood fire while basking in its radiant warmth. This kind of heating source always comes with a price, most notably the cost of the firewood.
Anyone that has purchased firewood as a cord, half-cord, quarter-cord or even a prepackaged bundle from your local hardware store can agree that firewood is expensive! A cord of firewood is defined as cut firewood stacked 4ft. tall, 4ft. deep, and 8ft long. Depending on the type of wood, a cord of firewood can range anywhere from $300 to $700 dollars. That’s exactly why springtime to me means FREE firewood.
This is the time of year that several people perform tree trimming. Some people trim their own trees; others hire someone to do the trimming, either way most are faced with the trouble of getting rid of those trimmings. This leads to a win-win situation. Many people will post online ads on sites such as Craigslist or Freecycle for “free firewood”; the only catch is that you have to go pick it up and haul it away, it might seem like quite the effort, but the payoff is the huge savings for free heat in the cold months that lie ahead.
I recently responded to such an online ad and after meeting with the homeowners, I learned they had trimmed 6 oak trees on their property and happily encouraged me to “take all you want”. I loaded all our family van could carry which ended up being just over half a cord of oak (the best) firewood. My family enjoyed the free warmth of many a fires this past winter, and because this past season was unusually warm, we still have quite the large stockpile to start off this upcoming winter season.
So if you are willing to answer these ads, put in some muscle and bring home free firewood, whether a trunk-load, or pickup truck-load at a time; you can start to amass your own source of free winter heat without paying the high prices of ordering firewood from a vendor.