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Old 04-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Firewood

This is perhaps a rookie question, but where do you get your firewood from and/or how do you get it to your campsite? I'm not sure about the rest of the country, but here in NY we have the 50mile rule so I tend to look for kiln dried wood if I'm bringing it.
Some of the places we visit offer firewood at a reasonable price and deliver it directly to your campsite, which I gladly pay for. But most places don't offer any wood or delivery options. If we try to bring wood, it never seems to be enough. And right now, I'm not even sure the best way to purchase wood without getting an entire cord dumped off (and then where would I put it??)

We have a MH, so we do not have a TV to use after dropping off the TT.

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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This is an ever increasing problem especially in the state parks here that are trying to control the spread of the "emerald ash borer" insect. They also limit where firewood can be transported from. The private CG`s here have no such policy. I always seem to have access to firewood from my property or freinds, but in some parks strict on the policy the only real option is to buy the little $5 packages that they sell which honestly will not last very long or as you say bring in kiln dried lumber scraps from construction sites. I see your dilemma in a MH, not sure how you could get wood if there are no local delivery options or vendors nearby. I guess I`m not much help on the issue other then tell you that you are not alone.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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Most places we go to always have wood for sale at the camp store. Some places have the honor system sells for .50 a log... You drop money in one of those steel pipes...

I usually bring in enough for the first fire in case we get in late and dont know where to get any. Then we get wood at the camp site for the rest of the time...

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #4
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When I carried wood, O would go the the local lumber yard/mill. They made custom woodwork and doors.
If you went at lunch time, you could roll all their scrap bins from each machine area and get great off cut materials.
Nowadays, I buy a case of fireplace logs at WallyMart. Easy to carry 10-12 and they burn for 3 hours.
Not a roaring fire, but a nice romantic fire for me and the wife.
If I stubble across some firewood, they make great fire starters :-)

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:51 PM   #5
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Nowadays, I buy a case of fireplace logs at WallyMart. Easy to carry 10-12 and they burn for 3 hours.
Not a roaring fire, but a nice romantic fire for me and the wife.
If I stubble across some firewood, they make great fire starters :-)

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Old 04-05-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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Doug - that is a great idea. I have used the large fireplace logs before, but usually only when its raining or damp and I need the extra oomph to get things going. Have you ever used 2 or 3 (or more) at once? I wonder what that would look like. As a firestarter, I usually use the 'ole lint and wax in an egg carton trick I learned in Boy Scouts.

But the people who do bring their wood (or at least a little to get you started), where do you get it? Do you have a wood pile in the back yard or do you make a special trip to get some for each trip?

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Kris,
2-3 logs would make a pretty good fire. At about $3 a piece, would still be cheaper than $5 for 6 pieces I see at a lot of CG stores.

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I have a place close by that makes wooden pallets. They sell their scrap pieces for $10 a truck load. It is nice dried oak also.
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Doug,
I will definitely try that.
Only 2 weeks till my first outing at Fourmile Creek State Park. Can't wait!

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Collect wood scraps from local construction projects... they are usually happy to avoid the cost of having to haul them away.. just be willing to sign something saying they are not liable if you get hurt on the site..
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