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Old 06-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #1
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Firewood- Haul it or buy it?

After years of camping it's become part of the pre-camping check list is to fill the firewood bin in the pick-up bed. Since we are going further distances now like 400-600 miles, and already got the T.T close to max GVW, the weight got my concerned. My F250 w/ 6.7 diesel will pull the earth around the sun at 80 mph but hauling a 250 lb firewood bin 600 miles next month got this ole country boy perplexed in my old age. I cut, split my own but just the aggravation, fuel costs, weight, tires has me thinking more. Thought I would ask some fellow campers what you all do for firewood these days, buy it or haul it?
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After years of camping it's become part of the pre-camping check list is to fill the firewood bin in the pick-up bed. Since we are going further distances now like 400-600 miles, and already got the T.T close to max GVW, the weight got my concerned. My F250 w/ 6.7 diesel will pull the earth around the sun at 80 mph but hauling a 250 lb firewood bin 600 miles next month got this ole country boy perplexed in my old age. I cut, split my own but just the aggravation, fuel costs, weight, tires has me thinking more. Thought I would ask some fellow campers what you all do for firewood these days, buy it or haul it?
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Don't move firewood.

Check the local ordinances. In many areas it is illegal to transport untreated firewood more than a set fairly short distance.

State-by-State Information | Don't Move Firewood

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The problem I've encountered with buying local is the wood not being seasoned or to soft. For just a fire it's not to bad but I need to cook with it so it's been a slight problem. If I can't find hard wood I buy charcoal and a little wood from home but it's hard lumber.
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The problem I've encountered with buying local is the wood not being seasoned or to soft. For just a fire it's not to bad but I need to cook with it so it's been a slight problem. If I can't find hard wood I buy charcoal and a little wood from home but it's hard lumber.
In many areas, the wood has to be seasoned at least a year, before it can be used by law, to kill any bugs in it. Yes most of the wood in the west is soft woods, because, not many hardwoods grow in the west.
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once or twice a year I buy a face cord of hardwood firewood for $75, cut and split, and keep it covered on a firewood rack in my back yard. I load a weekend's worth of campfire wood before each trip. I don't cook on the fire, so mine is just for campsite ambiance and outdoor warmth on a cold weekend. But if I'm traveling the distances you are talking about, I try to find someone nearby who is selling firewood. (There's always several folks doing that outside every campground.)

But as VicS1950 pointed out, there are sometimes ordinances and bans regarding firewood, depending on where you are going and/or where the wood came from. That's due to diseases, Pine Beetles, Emerald Ash Borers, and many other pests that the park doesn't want for fear of infestation there. Then, you have no choice. And some campgrounds and state parks only allow the wood they sell there.
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Now days you need to check local ordinances. Here in the Twin Cities metropolitan area it is illegal to transport none heat treated wood out of the 7 county metropolitan area. Our state parks will not allow you to bring in none state certified vendor firewood. However, construction lumber is exempt, at least for now.
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I haul it. I also get dry pre cut wood for free... My trick... I go around to local house construction sites and ask the builders if I can take some of their scrap wood. Lots of 2x4's , 2x6's , 2x10's and 2x12's already cut into 2foot sections for me. And it's been kiln dried so there is never any issues of 'where I can take it'.
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We are not allowed to transport firewood. They blame the spread of the Ash borer bug here. Lately, I've been driving around on garbage day and pulling all the milled wood I can find, leave PT stuff behind. I've got enough for at least a week, truck is loaded. heading out tomorrow. Then I'll start collecting again for my next trip out.


Funny thing about this "Bug spread fear" although it may be true, all the Campgrounds around here don't allow us to use our own wood, despite the fact the bug has already spread everywhere. Now I think it's a CG ploy to sell tiny bundles of wood for 6 - 7 $ a bag. You need at least 2 bags for a decent burn.
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local house construction sites and ask the builders if I can take some of their scrap wood. Lots of 2x4's , 2x6's , 2x10's and 2x12's already cut '.
I might have to try this. Lot's of new home construction going on not far from me.
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I might have to try this. Lot's of new home construction going on not far from me.
This was my load I collected last week from 2 construction sites.
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