S6 Firewood Processing

Receiving Wood

All the wood either comes off job sites in town; purchased from Loggers on Log Trucks; or dropped off by Local Tree Companies

Transport

All wood coming from the job sites and local tree companies are dumped and than transported to the holding yard to await being processed into firewood; each load is sorted as this is done into the different grades of firewood

Processing the wood

After the wood has been sorted by firewood grade; it is loaded by skid onto the loading deck awaiting the processor. Small cut ends or rounds are sorted onto a different log table. This table is designed to handle anything than can’t go through the processor. This wood is cut by chainsaw, split on a 42ton splitter and either stacked on pallets; bundled or thrown loose into bags.

Seasoning Process

After the wood has been processed into firewood it will than be set out in the yard to season- until the moisture content is from 15-20%. Wood that is sold during the “Sale” period of March to July is loaded by conveyor directly into a holding containers, truck, or trailer and delivered as a green cord. Other loose wood is placed in the yard as loose to await the seasoning process.

Delivery

Once the wood is within the seasoned window; it is prepared to go out. This process is easy if the wood is already in bags or stacked; if it is loose on the ground it is loaded once more onto a separator which is than loaded into 85cubic foot forms or directly into a truck or trailer. From this stage it is delivered to the customer.

Firewood Grade Description

Low grade– Consists of the following species of wood- Cottonwood, Poplar, Willow, Aspen and other wood that is native and abundant in this area of MT, hence the lower cost; less creosote- slightly lower output of heat unless stove is full; longer and cleaner burning than the mid grade; steady heat; can have slightly more ash build up; Great wood to heat a home

Mid Grade– Consists of Ponderosa Pine, Lodge pole Pine, Black Pine, Larch Pine, Cedars etc.; has a higher output of creosote and slightly shorter burn time than the other grades; it has a higher initial output of heat and it is a great smelling and sounding wood when burned.

Semi Mid Grade-An in-between grade from Mid grade and High Grade; consisting of Fur and Spruce. Low to little creosote output; harder wood that burns hot and longer; sounds and smells great!

High Grade- Hardwoods-Consists of Ash, Elm, Locust, Oak, Walnut, etc.; has the highest btu/heat output; lasts longer in the stove; can take more to time get started in the stove but once started it takes less wood to heat an area than the other grades

High Grade- Fruitwoods- Consists of Apple, Cherry, Plum, Maple, Alder, etc.;  This wood is sorted off for smoking purposes- BBQ’s in the backyard, restaurants, food trucks. Clean burning; great for adding that flavor to a meal

Firewood Details

(Sale) Wood will be available for purchase between (April- July) This will give appropriate time to receive; and season in order to be ready before winter hits. (25-45% Moisture Content) 

All Wood is Dry and Ready to burn at 10-20% Moisture Content unless listed as (Sale)

All Wood is cut to 16″-18″ lengths and split with face no bigger than your hand- If you want smaller pieces fees apply

Our Loose split firewood is measured at 170 cubic ft. tossed, an increase in volume to make up for loss in airspace when stacked.

Palletized Firewood=  This measures 4.333’x4.333’x3.5′ (Half cord)- It will fit in the back of most trucks; If you are wanting it delivered and set somewhere, we would recommend using our 1/4 cord option or loose firewood

Bundles (16″x 16″x 16″) 2.368 cubic feet

Travel Details & Fees

The Load of loose wood is dumped onto property- We need to be able to drive to location in order to dump- if not, additional fees apply

1/4 cord of firewood and 1/3 cord Bag can be delivered, and set on site at your location. We have to be able to fit though a 3.5ft gate.

$2/loaded Mile- dry road conditions

A $10 reimbursement for reusable Bags

Burning Firewood Suggestions

Depending on your heat output needs, Low Grade will work great for moderate to cold evenings and days- I suggest that if you have a wood burning stove- trying a 2 to 1 ratio (2 cords Low Grade/ 1 cord Pine) By mixing these two you can utilize the hot quick burn of pine to get the low grade going well- which will have a longer burn time and leave you with a pan of coals in the morning. If you don’t want to worry about mixing, our semi mid and high grade woods are the best option for higher and longer heat outputs.

Another suggestion if you are only burning pine or Mid grade- Every 3 cords or so- try burning a half cord of our High Grade (Hardwoods); After inspecting and cleaning your chimney the hardwoods are cleaner and hotter burning and will help with the buildup of creosote in the chimney. Inspect and clean the chimney at least once a year to be sure things look good for continued burning.

 

 

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