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Firewood_in_barn_firewood.JPGOur premium firewood is split and seasoned a minimum of 8 months, stored indoors to prevent mold & rot

We offer true seasoned dry premium firewood at great prices. Available for pick-up in Alpharetta GA and delivery to Cumming, Alpharetta, Canton, Roswell, Crabapple, Milton, Woodstock, Duluth, Johns Creek, Norcross, Ball Ground and Suwanee Georgia.
 
What makes our firewood better? We use only oak and hickory firewood. No cherry, poplar, gum or other similar lower grade wood. Not only is our firewood seasoned for a minimum of 8 months, we store it in a barn, protected from rain which delays drying and leads to moldy, rotten wood. Our barn dried firewood will produce more heat and less smoke than firewood that has only recently been split or firewood that has been stored outdoors. Properly seasoned firewood lights easier, produces more heat, and generates less smoke and creosote than improperly seasoned firewood. We also sell un-cut logs or firewood cut to length but not split. See pricing below and more firewood info:

Measurements:

Cord – stacked 4’ x 4’ x 8’ or a single row stacked 4’ x 24’ basically 128 cubic feet
1/2 cord – stacked 2’ x 4’ x 8’ or a single row stacked 4’ x 12’
1/3 cord or Face cord – one 16-18” row of wood stacked 4’ x 8’

Beware truckload pricing!

A full size truck 6’ (short) bed stacked high is equal to ½ cord. Some try to sell a full size truck as a full cord. Without sideboards a full size truck even a long wheel base dually only holds 2/3 of a cord. A mid size/compact truck stacked high is approximately 1/3 cord or a face cord.
 
Barn Dried, Premium Seasoned Hardwood, Available in Oak & Hickory – high heat output, low smoke.

2012 Prices:

  • U-load/U-haul price - $180 per cord, $90 per 1/2 cord $60 per 1/3 cord or buy by the piece
  • 20 pieces for $10, 50 pieces for $20, 100 pieces for $35, 200 pieces for $55, add $20 per 100 pieces for orders over 200
  • Delivery charge is $50 - Delivery is dumped, not stacked. Add $40 per cord to stack.
  • Truck load pricing – U-load/U-haul
  • Compact or Mid size Truck $60
  • Full size short bed (6’ bed) truck $80
  • Full size long bed (8’ bed) truck $100
  • Available for pick-up at 14273 Cumming Highway, Cumming Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm & Saturday 8am to 5pm
  • Available to pick-up at 3219 Holbrook Campground Rd Alpharetta - by appointment only – please call ahead.
We deliver firewood to: Alpharetta, Cumming, Canton, Roswell, Crabapple, Milton, Woodstock, Duluth, Johns Creek, Norcross, Ball Ground and Suwanee Georgia.
 
Why not heat your home this winter with wood? Knowing you are consuming less natural gas or fuel oil and using one of nature’s renewable resources Buy your wood from a tree service knowing you are using wood salvaged from removal operations not health trees growing in our forests.

Did You Know?

Did you know the heat produced by burning firewood is actually energy of the sun, the ultimate source of all energy on planet earth? Through the process of photosynthesis, arguably the single most important thing that happens on our planet, trees are able to store solar energy as chemical energy that we can use for heat when the sun abandons us to the cold dark days of winter. Burning wood is the quick reversal of this process, liberating the suns heat when we need it most. This is a limitless renewable and sustainable cycle. Burning firewood obtained responsibly with not reduce the availability to our children and grandchildren.
 
Unlike the burning of fossil fuels like gas or oil, burning firewood releases no more harmful greenhouse gases than would be produced were the wood to simply rot on the forest floor. That’s right, the same amount of CO2 and heat is given off either way. One just does it rapidly and one does it over a long period of time. If we are responsible in the ways we select, cut, and burn our firewood, wood burning is actually a healthy choice for the environment. The key is not cutting a perfectly healthy tree to make firewood but harvesting the trees that would have to be removed anyway.

We are a professional tree service

People are going to hire us or others to remove trees. We simply choose to do what we can to see the trees removed are used most efficiently. For example straight logs with no knots produce lumber. If I take these to a mill it’s one less healthy tree that needs to be cut in a forest. The wood with knots and curves is not suitable for lumber so we use that for firewood. The wood that isn’t suitable for firewood is used as mulch and pellet fuel.

Why firewood is good for America:

As we discussed above firewood is a renewable energy source and burning salvage wood (timber slash etc) and wood from dead and diseased trees, or storm damaged trees is like fixing a leaking faucet. It’s great to see fuel pellet mills starting to pop up to turn more of this salvage wood into fuel instead of leaving it to rot and burning more gas. Burning this wood instead of importing oil is good for America. While 85% of natural gas is domestically produced we import about 68% of our oil products used. When you buy wood you support your local economy and when you convert waste wood to heat your home you are recycling. So don’t let that dead tree in the back yard rot. Chop it up, light a fire, turn down the thermostat and be a good American! J

Are trees a sustainable and renewable resource?

Properly Seasoned Firewood:

Firewood_closeup_firewood.JPGWhen buying firewood it is crucial to know how long the wood has been split and how it has been stored. Oak firewood is extremely dense and logs cut years ago can still have moisture in the center. Wood doesn’t really dry effectively until split. At a minimum the wood should be split over the course of the hot dry summer to cure it so this seasons wood needs to have been split at least 6 months to be properly seasoned. If you wait until fall to split the wood it will have high moisture and produce less heat and more smoke and creosote. It’s burnable and fine if you are doing it yourself but if you are paying for firewood why wouldn’t you buy the best?
 
Other than the difficulty of starting the fire whats the problem with green firewood? All firewood contains water. Freshly cut (green) firewood can be up to 45% water, while well seasoned firewood generally has a 15-25% moisture content. If you try to burn green firewood, the heat produced by combustion must dry the firewood before it will burn, using up a large percentage of the available energy in the process. This results in less heat delivered to your home, and literally gallons of acidic water in the form of creosote deposited in your chimney.

Can I heat with firewood to save money?

Yes! Modern Wood Stoves, Fireplace Inserts or Wood Heaters are around 80% efficient. And heating with them can save a lot of money.
 
Here is what I came up with calculating out heat comparisons. From what I can tell a good wood heater, a gas furnace and a oil furnace all have around the same efficiency (around 80%) so the BTU to translated heat in your house is equivalent. FYI the 20% of loss is mostly flue loss or heat up the chiminey.
 
Modern Wood Stove, Wood Heater or Insert – 80% efficient – We deliver a cord of seasoned oak firewood for $230. This produces about 25 Milllion BTU’s of heat.
 
Natural Gas Furnace 80% efficient – There is 1030 BTU / cu ft so 25,000,000/1030 = 24271 cu. Ft. Natural gas is sold as CCF or 100 cu. Ft. so we just divide by 100 to get 242.71 CCF. Here in Alpharetta GA I pay $1.59/CCF. So 25 Million BTU costs $386
 
#2 Fuel Oil Furnace 80% efficient – Produces 115,000 BTU per gallon so 25,000,000 /115,000 = 217 Gallons of fuel oil. Fuel oil costs about $2.77/gallon so 25 Million BTU costs $602
 
Electric Furnace 100% – 1kWH = 3414 BTU so 25,000,000/3414 = 7322 kWh and again here in Alpharetta, GA I pay $0.12 per kWh so 25 Million BTU costs $879. However the electric furnace efficiency is near 100% because there is no flue loss of combustion gas. So the net cost is reduced to $703
 
Electric Air Source heat pump 211% efficient in Atlanta GA - 1kWH = 3414 BTU so 25,000,000/3414 = 7322 kWh and again here in Alpharetta, GA I pay $0.12 per kWh so 25 Million BTU costs $879. However the air-source heat pump is 211% efficient by using the ambient air. So the net cost is reduced to $266
 
Open Fireplace 15% efficient – Due to the lower efficiency of the open fireplace you would have to burn 5.33 times the wood burned in the 80% efficient stove so the cost to produce the same amount of heat in the home is $1226. The loss in efficiency makes the open fireplace cost prohibitive in heating your home.
 
In conclusion my calculations indicate that an efficient wood heater is the cheapest way to heat your home. In warm climates like the southeastern United States electric air-source heat pumps are increasingly efficient and are a close second.
 

 

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