Cider Press Hill

Firewood time

Wednesday, 8:41 am

By Kate

Sep

21

2005

sunny

Perhaps a profitable morning spent pricing firewood for the wood stove. For some reason, which I’m not in the least unhappy about, the price of wood dropped this year. Two cords would heat the house from mid-November through mid-March and, according to the price quotes so far this morning, I could do it for $480. With seasoned hard woods that burn hot and long. Considering the price of natural gas this year, I’m seriously reconsidering my plan to go wood-free this year. Especially with Hurricane Rita threatening to tear up the Gulf Coast and natural gas production. I think it might be prudent.

If it sounds like I’m trying to convince myself that I should buy a couple of cords of wood, it’s absolutely because I am. I do love wood heat. My stove is pretty clean with the catalytic converter and the mere trickle of smoke that meanders out the chimney (I don’t know the mechanics involved, but it also burns its own smoke when I maintain a certain temp.) And it is just the most most wonderful, even, cozy heat available. But stacking 2 cords, hauling wood daily, and caring for the woodpile to keep it dry is hard work and by January 1 have an absolute love/hate relationship going with the wood stove. And the wood crumbs....bleh. When I’m not hauling wood, I’m vacuuming. Still....$480 vs. $900 shouldn’t really be too hard a decision to make. I’m guessing that’s what the cost of natural gas will look like this year. Could be more, probably not much less. And did I mention that I really don’t like my gas utility? They double the delivery system prices on November 1. It makes a big difference. Rip off.

I guess I’ll order a couple of cords once I hear from my regular wood guy who I hope will give me a loyal-customer discount as he has the past three years.