Many people ask about the latest firewood prices. The truth is, there are many factors that go into the costs that you will see at a lot or dearler. Most years, a cord of wood can go from anywear around $120/cord to upwards of $400/cord.
One factor in the price is the local availability of wood. If you live in a heavily forested area, obviously it will be much cheaper. Any one with a wooded lot can get into the firewood business. Another factor is the type of wood. A more plentiful wood that has less BTUs when burning (pine for example) will sell for cheaper. Oil costs are also a big driver in the price of firewood. If the price of oil increases, then more people turn to alternative heating sources and that in turn drives up the costs.
A general rule of thumb when comparing to oil is about 125 gallons of number 2 fuel oil for every seasoned cord. So at $3.00/gallon you're looking at that being worth $375 of firewood. You can see how escalating oil prices, like they are doing now, will make wood look like a bargain. Once people start figuring it out, the prices will rise. Another reason why its always good to load up!
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