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HOW TO GET FREE FIREWOOD

firewood piled in back of red pickup truck

If you burn wood to heat your home, you are saving money. Even with the recent low cost of fossil fuels like natural gas, coal or oil, wood is still the least expensive. There is no doubt that labor is a factor when using wood for heat, but if you could get your firewood for free, the savings add up even more.

AS LONG AS YOU ARE ABLE TO CUT IT, MOVE IT AND STORE IT, I’VE GOT SOME GREAT SUGGESTIONS ON WHERE TO GET FREE WOOD FOR BURNING.

Below are a few of my top picks on how to get free firewood.

WORD OF MOUTH.

Talk to your family, friends and neighbors. Let them know you are interested in obtaining trees or any clean scrap wood they may have lying around. You will be surprised how many of your friends know someone that would like wood or trees cleared from their property. You will be doing them a favor and getting free fuel at the same time.

GO “SOCIAL”

Get in touch with your online friends.

Post a note on your favorite social media network. Give a few details on exactly what you are looking for, and how you plan to get it. Then prepare for the flow of responses to your request!

ADVERTISE IN FREE PUBLICATIONS

In my hometown there are a few local newspapers referred to as “merchandisers”. Most of these papers are published on a weekly basis and offer a “free” section in their classifieds. Often, I would see an ad from a homeowner, contractor, or woodlot owner offering wood or downed trees for free takeaway. But make sure to place your own ad too. Offer to haul away any clean wood scraps or trees. Mentioning “free”, “quick”, and “no hassle” removal will get more responses!

HOME and BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SITES

I still can’t believe the amount of clean lumber that is hauled away and dumped into landfills. Contractors often cut down or bulldoze trees to clear lots where a new home or business is to be built. Often times there are so many trees, they have to “contract” a third party to remove them. Also, when the actual building begins, they bring in large dumpsters to toss away their unwanted wood scraps. Contacting the builder is a good start to see if you could claim the trees and scrap wood…for free, of course.

FARMERS AND WOODLOT OWNERS

This is by far my best tip for getting free firewood. I’ve personally heated my home for years with trees that came from a farmer’s property. It was simple. I introduced myself to the landowner, let them know I could remove all their downed trees and before you knew it, I was cutting and hauling more firewood than I knew what to do with.

Take a drive in the country or any rural area. Trees are everywhere! And where there is standing timber, there are downed trees too. Talk to the landowner, become friends. Let them know you are able to remove any of the trees that have fallen and cluttered their property. Bingo. Now all you have to do is move the wood from their property to yours!

A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Once you commit to removing trees or wood from a property, it would be wise to remove promptly, without leaving a mess (They may recommend you to friends!).

It helps to know what type of wood or tree species you are dealing with. Soft or hardwood? (Here’s a tip: Get our free “Trees We Need” e-book. It provides information on how to identify trees!)

Don’t be afraid to say NO to situations where trees are in hard-to-get-to locations, near power lines or close to homes.

Safety first!

Trees are plentiful. Why pay for wood?

BZ

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CAN THAT TREE HIT YOUR HOUSE?

uprooted tree laying on damaged porch of house

NO DOUBT. TREES ARE ESSENTIAL TO LIFE AS WE KNOW IT.

They provide shade from the hot rays of the sun. They supply food and oxygen. Trees contribute raw materials for buildings, books and thousands of other products. They also add value to our homesteads by beautifying the landscape in and around our neighborhoods. But despite the many perks we enjoy from having those large, leafy, woody-massed plants occupying the space around our property, we must be realistic and know that they are prone to falling down. Unfortunately, trees can be unsafe, posing potential dangers that need to be addressed.

INSPECT THOSE TREES!

Take the time to evaluate the trees that are close to your home, or any other structure like a detached garage or storage shed. Those particular trees could be hazardous to your valuable property. Do you park your car underneath a tree that is slowly dying from an unknown disease? Or maybe your kids’ swing set in the backyard is sitting beneath a large branch waiting to fall with the next heavy rain. Hopefully all you may need to do is trim the tree of some dead or unwanted limbs. Maintain the tree now, before it costs you later… (btw, if you haven’t already, download our FREE “Trees We Need” e-book. Starting on page 157 of the book, it provides information on proper pruning and care for trees that “need attention”).

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME:

Below is a picture of the tree that damaged my steel structure. I knew better. I should have felled it way before a windstorm blew it down. The tree was totally dead; its bark was dried out from the trunk on up and with no leaves and very few branches, it was doomed to fall. I walked past this tall, woody monstrosity just about every day for a year or so, telling myself “I’ll get to it when I have time”. Mother Nature beat me to it, she took the tree down and at my expense.

If there are any trees located on or near your property, it would be wise to evaluate their condition. Are they slowly dying? Is the root system in solid ground? Are there dead branches waiting to fall and cause damage to what lies beneath?  Can that tree fall and damage your house?!

Before signing off, I’d like to provide a really cool tip that can be useful if you have trees on or near your property. This handy “tip” is called The Stick Trick. Along with graphics, it is explained in detail in the first issue of our Wood Burner Pro Newsletter. Be sure to check it out, the information is invaluable especially if you’re a homeowner. To sign up for our free newsletter, use the form on the right sidebar of this blog page, or go to the FREE STUFF page.

BZ

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