Originally Posted by bedrck46
I can see why a campground would want you to buy wood at the campground
A cord of wood can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 for a cord But you pay $5.00 or more for a bundle which is about .75 cu ft. of wood. A cord of wood is equal to 128 cu ft. At $5.00 a bundle that equals $850.00
Having worked at a number of campgrounds, I will tell you wood is not a big money maker. Very few campgrounds will cut and package their own wood, just not practical. Wood is purchased from a vendor, who has to package and deliver a relatively small amount at a time, much less than a cord. Campgrounds will put a small mark up on the wood, but also have to inventory it, store it, sell it and then clean up after it. It is a convenience item only, as are many of the products sold in camp stores.
If fire pits only contained burnt wood it would be fine, but obviously most people feel a fire pit and a trash pit are one in the same. Daily you will find everything from egg shells, cereal, dog food, water melon rinds, chicken bones, various paper trash, diapers...used of course... all that have to be picked up and disposed of properly. So, from a selfish stand point I would rather everyone have a propane fire pit...save us from hours of work daily.
Out west it is the pine beetles that have killed a great portion of most of the forests. They have been spread by infected wood being transported from place to place. Just spend a few dollars and purchase local wood. Most wood sold in the west is from dead beetle infested trees, for which there is not much other value. It helps to remove the trees and pays someone to do that work, thus, saving our tax $ from going to haul and burn the wood.