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Re: firewood sales, how many cord you do so far?
« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2022, 06:54:47 PM »
96 full cords delivered so far this year. Most of my regular customers are all set. I think I've got 6-8 more processor cords due, and 20ish more cords of the bigger wood that won't fit the processor. The big stuff is split 20-22in for bigger, ugly (like me) stoves ;D
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Re: firewood sales, how many cord you do so far?
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2022, 06:15:06 AM »
Iím at about 25-30
Full cords down from previous years but the first frost hit this morning it will pick up fast hardwood prices are are about 70-80 a face cord in northeast Wisconsin 

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« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2022, 09:46:06 AM »
What is the length of the wood in those face cords? just curious..
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Re: firewood sales, how many cord you do so far?
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2022, 06:46:19 AM »
I got very lucky and bought 4 tri axle loads of cherry poles.   They were in the wood yard of a guy that moved away back in May.  They have been stacked and sitting in the sun all summer.   I started splitting some yesterday and they are pretty dry.   Noticed how light the rounds were right off.   I'm splitting and stacking as fast as I can.   I'm hoping I can sell this stuff by mid Nov.  and that's a good thing because I'm already running low on dry wood.   I pulled my ads weeks ago and the phone is still ringing from word of mouth customers.    
I don't know who I'm kidding cause I cant keep up with the equipment i have but at the same time I hate to spend money right now.   But I realize I got to.    I'm not usually so reluctant about dept but things are a little worrisome  these days. 
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« Reply #44 on: October 08, 2022, 07:49:30 PM »
If you're at capacity and selling all the wood you can produce, that's certainly not a bad thing. I think your wise to be cautious about making an investment because there's an old saying; "growth eats cash". You can always make a move when the numbers are right and a good deal comes along and you feel more comfortable with it. Better than a quick decision just because people are calling. :)
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Re: firewood sales, how many cord you do so far?
« Reply #45 on: October 08, 2022, 09:38:51 PM »
Keep crackin and stackin the best you can.  Make serious decisions on equipment and things in the off season where you aren't feeling the pressure.
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« Reply #46 on: November 10, 2022, 08:46:05 AM »
I'm taking a day off from logging today to get some wood split and stacked.     Its hard to understand selling firewood but I got no calls at all for about ten days.   Then all of a sudden I sold 4 cords in 5 days.   Feast or famine I guess.  I'll take it as it comes and as for now I better get busy.  Love staying home for an easy day cracken and stacking.
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Re: firewood sales, how many cord you do so far?
« Reply #47 on: November 11, 2022, 12:15:20 AM »
I just bought the firewood biz about three weeks ago, and most of the customers were already stocked up, but I've still sold 8 cords from the new business, three from my own land, have orders for three more, plus trading a couple for some mechanical work on my Honda. Have about 24 cords worth of logs I'm working on right now, and another truck load coming soon. Plugging along. 
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« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2022, 08:13:46 AM »
Cord 122 rolled out of the yard Monday. I have a few more on order, but most of my list is DONE
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« Reply #49 on: November 12, 2022, 07:29:19 AM »
How do you manage the operation so your list even approaches "done"? Especially this early in the season. The firewood guys who come in my store for supplies complain that their lists just keep getting longer. lol

I do know one person who does a fixed amount of wood every year, and when he's done, he's done. And he likes his "done" to happen by Thanksgiving before real winter weather sets in. Doesn't want to be running wood in the snow and single digit temps all winter long.
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« Reply #50 on: November 12, 2022, 04:15:29 PM »
spike60, I have a core customer base that I've been slowly training/herding ;D towards getting next years wood either a year early OR just early in the year for a while now. Every year I loose 1 or 2 and gain 2 or 3.

I could add more customers, the extra $ would be nice, but I'd loose more me time and add more stress.  I don't have a bunch of me time anyway, and I've got more than enough stress, so when we get around 125ish cords, the regulars are taken care of, and I need to add multiple layers on a Sunday am, then the end is near!

I plow snow and sand roads for the town I live in, so we take most of winter off, but try and start as early in spring as we can.

I do stress about getting orders done too. I worry about getting logs some years, or if the processor breaks. I figure that where I'm at, if something goes wrong I can still find away to take care of my people, and in the end that's pretty important to me.
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« Reply #51 on: November 13, 2022, 07:27:25 AM »
Yeah, I get it. My friend Jimmy's operation is set up much the same way. Like you, most of his customers are regulars. And they appreciate having their wood early, and that it will be dry come winter.

And since he limits himself to "X" amount of wood he avoids the other end of the wood business that seems to drive a lot of my customers nuts. The "one cord at a time-I'm almost out-how soon can you be here" dance so many guys do all winter long. I'm really surprised that more people don't run their operations like you and Jimmy do.
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« Reply #52 on: November 13, 2022, 10:18:37 AM »
Thanks Spike60!

We had my sons annual Bday bonfire party last night (he is turning 12) so I was pretty whooped this am. Got 1 cord done before the rain came, I'm not interested in catching a cold this early in the year, so time for some indoor chores...and a nap
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« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2022, 02:16:00 PM »
That's plenty enough to get done post-party.  :)

Regarding the other discussion, a lot of firewood guys around me bring the anxiety on themselves. In many cases they are doing a lot of other things during the year. Excavating, landscaping and such. So, Fall comes and now they are ready to do firewood. The commitments they've made, and the ever closing window to keep them make a smooth operation impossible. 
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« Reply #54 on: November 17, 2022, 07:50:53 AM »
Yeah that kinda describes me Spike60.     I have a bad habit of taking on more than I can handle in the time given.   I'm working hard to learn to just tell people "nope, cant do it, or cant do it that quick."
Seems every forester is in a hurry to get every cut done.   I've started reminding them that I signed a one year contract and I'll complete the cut with in that time and I don't want to be rushed.   Land owners sign a year long contract and then want the job done in a month.

As for the firewood deliveries I dont stress to much over that.  First come first served and I always manage to get the wood there pretty quick.    The folks who wait till they are down to the last stick before they call are a pain in the rear but their failing to plan doesn't get a whole lot of sympathy from me.
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« Reply #55 on: November 17, 2022, 06:17:30 PM »
How do you manage the operation so your list even approaches "done"? Especially this early in the season. The firewood guys who come in my store for supplies complain that their lists just keep getting longer. lol

I do know one person who does a fixed amount of wood every year, and when he's done, he's done. And he likes his "done" to happen by Thanksgiving before real winter weather sets in. Doesn't want to be running wood in the snow and single digit temps all winter long.
We are similar. We buy x trucks of logs in the fall, cut and split over the winter, then start making calls to last yearís customers  in May. We deliver over the summer, and when the pile of splits is gone we order more logs. Some customers donít want their wood in May so we will put them on a call back list for June, July or August if they want. If we callback and they still donít schedule a delivery, we move on. I also put an ad up for new customers in May, and it stays up till the last wood is sold. 
We donít maintain any wood ďon holdĒ for anyone. You want wood, you agree to a delivery time within two weeks. Otherwise, you take your chances.
When we get down to just a bit more wood than we have scheduled to deliver, the ad comes down and we say sorry to anyone else who calls. We have an arrangement with one customer who always takes our last 3-5 cords, however much there is. She buys 3 years ahead, so the exact amount doesnít matter.  Makes it a lot easier to manage selling it all without selling more than there actually is. 
Last year we were sold out at the end of September,this year it was early November, but this year we took a few weeks off in August / September for family time. 
Most of our customers are trained, but there are always a few that call after we are done. We just say sorry, and offer to call them in May for the next winterís supply. Most learn. :)

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« Reply #56 on: November 18, 2022, 06:25:30 AM »
That's a real good way to have it set up Eddy. If you let customers set the parameters it's just chaos. I suppose that much of this can be excused in the case of new customers that don't really know the drill. But it's amazing how many people don't learn and will do the same last minute scramble every year. In this day and age where people hit a button on their phone and expect the Prime truck to show up in a few hours it's hard for them to grasp the fact that things like firewood are best planned/purchased ahead of time.
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« Reply #57 on: December 22, 2022, 11:41:21 AM »
So there is three firewood guys in my sales area with larger operations than mine.  I watch their prices close and keep mine about the same.    Two of them recently increased to $100 a face cord or $300 a cord picked up at the wood yard and a fee for delivery if you want it.   Ive no idea what the delivery fee is. 
 I'm waiting till after the first of the year to raise my price per cord also.  I'm currently still where they were at $250 a cord delivered. 
   $300 a cord seems steep to me, for this area, but if they can get it maybe I can as well. There is plenty of customers and good demand for wood so why try to undercut anybody? Seems smarter to just raise with them.   But I'm not charging a delivery fee unless I have to go over $25 miles.   
    Hope this isn't to much of an increase to quick.   We'll see.
In the mean time I'm still selling and it looks like I did meet my sales goal for the year.   Next year I still want to do more.    Its raining cats and dogs here so I'm going to go check out a timber piece I'm told is mostly low grade and firewood poles.   I'm already thinking about camp fire wood.   May will be here soon.

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