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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorrae
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2007
    I'm wondering how much people pay for wood.
    I've seen posts where people use around 9 tonnes per year and seem to write it without a flinch.
    Here, a 'load' which is around a tonne of seasoned oak, ash etc costs around £80 a load. (we live in Gloucestershire, in a place where a lot of people burn wood to heat their homes)
    if you pay less than that, you get rubbish which doeesn't keep you warm.
    We've tried to buy in core lengths, but no one offers us much reduction for that, despite the fact it is heaps less work. Basically, they know that around here they can charge as they wish because the demand it high.

    Is it a geographical thing?

    I would also like to know from those who heat their homes (radiators) solely with wood whether you feel it is as economical as using gas or electric. Do you just do it becuase there is nothing like an open fire, or do you do it to save money?

    many thanks
    Rae x
    • CommentAuthorNikoli
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2007
    I use atound 9 tonnes a year maybe a little more in fact. £45 for a tractor trailer load in North Lincs, this however is the cheapest in the area and the average is about £65 for a 1 tonne pick up load. Do what I do and blag as much free as poss. Usually ends up being softwood which doesnt burn as long but its free!

    I pay £25 per tonne for oak off-cuts from a saw mill. It's all sawn stuff so not as decoarative as logs but it's all small enough to put into the stove without further cutting and chopping. It comes in a tipper lorry at about 9 tonnes at a time.
    • CommentAuthorSolar bore
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2007
    biff, what? how big what quantity mass is that, ?

    how many say large nylon sand bags is that?

    does it have to be kept before use or is it already seasoned before they cut it up?

    what other woods are seasoned before use so would be suitable for burning?

    yours arnold
    • CommentAuthorbiffvernon
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2007
    I've no idea what would fit in a sand bag - guess it depends on the size of the bag. I keep the wood for at least a year out of the rain. It will burn wet but you lose some of the heat and there is more risk of tar condensing in the chimney so the drier the wood the better.
    • CommentAuthorrae
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2007
    Posted By: Nikoli Do what I do and blag as much free as poss.

    Mmmm, we get as much as we can like that. But once you ask for something that is cluttering up someone's property it miraculously seems to become valuable to them LOL!

    Here, the sawmills sell a small load of pine offcuts (around 1 tonne) for £45 :shocked:

    I guess I just live in a part of the country where we all want it, so prices are high.......I keep reading threads where tree surgeons are desperate to get rid of the stuff and give it away, but not here

    Never mind; there are other perks like cheap local, seasonal food and lots of beautiful places to walk for nothing :smile:
    • CommentAuthorTerry
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2007
    Rae I suspect that the prices you are experiencing will become the norm as more people try to curb their oil/gas use. Wood will become another valuable fuel and those with surplus of whatever sort are going to be able to charge what ever they feel the market will stand. As with any fuel, security of supply and cost is going to become a much bigger issue.
    • CommentAuthorNikoli
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2007
    Try the not so obvious places, e.g. A scaffolding form I spoke to through a friend hey had 20 1 tinne builders dump sacks of offcuts and were delighted to have an out for them! A local Plant machinery inporter , all the machines come in on wooden block wheels again the more they give away the less they pay to dipose.:wink:
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