Kiln Dried Firewood managed by us "From Forest to Fireplace"
The concept of this business was developed by the combination of a number of ideas. Years ago to pay for college Paul (Bunion) would have firewood stacked in a pickup truck and be parked near Beacon Hill. When someone wanted wood it would be delivered to him. Then over time and the development of a construction business that is seasonal, there was time for another idea.
A very bright guy sent Paul an article about a firewood supplier in New York that was doing more for customers than the typical firewood guy. It sparked an idea of how things used to be and how they now can be to supply kiln dried firewood a different way. Fill a need for full-service firewood dealer that sells only kiln dried firewood. Here is the scene. Normally a firewood company will set aside in the spring what they think they will sell the next winter season enough wood. They air season the amount of wood needed for the next winter and hope they have enough. This takes a good amount of real estate and space. Then in the fall they load the wood in a truck and deliver it to a place where they can dump it in a pile for the customer to deal with getting it off the road, ally or driveway and carry it to where the wood is to be stored. In between could be a long distance, stairs halls, elevators and certainly a bunch of labor involved just based on the number of pieces of wood that need to be moved. They then stack it in whatever manner they can and at this point, they can measure the amount of wood they got if they do it in a way that can be converted to the dimensions of a cord being 8 feet wide 4 feet deep 4 feet high. Then after it has been stacked do they really know if they got the right quantity.
It was certainly clear that a number of people do not have the time to go about sourcing good kiln dried firewood, getting it, hauling it and stacking it. Have the equipment to handle bulk firewood. So the idea was born to provide a full-service firewood business that takes care of all the issues a customer may have in having a warm great burning fire to relax by and the only labor involved is picking up the phone and calling nine digits 718 254-2773 for a warm family fire or a romantic evening with a great bottle of wine on a snowy night. Supply the best possible high-quality firewood and just take all the labor out of getting firewood.
Search for the Right Sources
We have traveled all over New England to find high-quality kiln dried firewood that is dependable and is not too much in trucking costs to sell here in Boston Metro West and the Boston metropolitan area. With the additional processing and stacking the wood for the customer, this is not priced the same as seasoned firewood
Problems in buying firewood
It really is not easy to know what you are getting when you buy firewood. There are a number of volume terms designation how much wood is being bought. Things like buying a truckload of wood really takes the specific measure concept to a new level of vague. Also looking at a pile of wood dumped in a space really cannot be sized up to know how much is there.
“Seasoned” wood means most of the moisture is out of the wood and will burn well. The number of variables that effects this outcome is huge. How it was cut, how soon it was split. Was the tree cut down and leave the foliage on it so the leaves help pulls the water out of the wood. Then Things like how it is stacked to season it and how it is protected from the rain. Does it get enough airflow? Is it up off the ground so moisture and mud does not keep the wood wet. We know of some firewood suppliers that buy wood that has been recently cut in the last month or two and sells it as seasoned wood and clearly this is not the intent of the term.
Availability of Dry Wood
Each year the supply of wood is a big variable for many dealers. Often during the winter suppliers of firewood run out of well “seasoned” wood. Due to the long time, it takes to season wood the seasoned wood dealers have to have the wood, the space to store it and the foresight of knowing how much they will sell. Layer on top of this the weather and vagaries of what customers do it is hard to have the right amount of wood. The next issue is if seasoned firewood is stored too long it will start to go bad as well as take up too much space. This can be even harder to deal with is there is not a paved area to keep the wood on. Otherwise, it gets muddy and wet on the bottom and moisture soaks some of the lower wood in the pile. This problem with having the right amount of firewood for sale leads to the term of “Semi-Seasoned” firewood. This can be a euphemism for wood that could have been cut less than a month ago. We know for a fact this happens in some situations. Our point is there are a number of gray areas because it is a product that is hard to know exactly what you are getting.
We are focused on building a business with quality product and good services. Kiln dried wood has a much shorter cycle time of production and we warehouse a lot of processed wood to meet our demand.
The species of wood selected by the supplier is another variable.
To get a cord of all one species of wood like all birch or all maple is not easily done since the source just does not grow that way. The New England area has sections that have a high population in one type of tree but mixed in are almost always other varieties of trees. So when these are cut and handled together the end result is an average blend of hardwoods. So the degree of selecting the wood and sorting the wood source is a variable. Different wood has different moisture contents and different densities so they dry slower or faster in the Kiln drying process as well as when they are being air dried. So the end result of a load of firewood is an average moisture content.
Firewood is not a manufactured product
What we mean by this is the variability. It is a natural product harvested in large amounts and selected for quality. Each piece of wood is a little different. When you look at a hardwood floor the colors and grains are all a little different. The same is true for the firewood since the source is also the same in this area. With the kiln-dried product, we sell it is much more consistent since it is monitored and moisture content measured 24/7 for the entire drying process. This is set up to produce the optimum moisture content of the entire load of wood you get.
There is no set grade of product.
In other industries, there are standards or uniformity measures that are set up for the consumer to get a consistent product and be able to compare similar products apples to apples. In this situation, the grading is fairly subjective and open to a lot of interpretation.
The volume you are purchasing is hard to measure
Only until the wood is stacked in a cubicle dimension that can be compared to the dimension bought does the consumer know if they got the amount they paid for. We are not saying that all firewood dealers take advantage of this but some do on the actual amount sold as well as how well seasoned the wood is.
The price of wood is also a variable
Some dealers want to have a very attractive price and work along the edges on quality and volume so they can stay in business being a low price supplier. The end result is consumers do not get a great burning fire in the fireplace but they get what they paid for. Everyone wants a good deal and some deals have a great price and some have great quality, but seldom do you get a low price and high quality and stay in business. We are dedicated to a different model. We charge a higher price but along with this are a number of factors. The wood is selected species for uniform burning. Almost all wood pieces are cut 15” to 16” long so you get the volume of wood you ordered. Being kiln dried the wood has a consistent moisture content for a warm fire.
Delivery is also different
Full-service delivery is what we do. The labor involved in firewood is just plain a large factor. It is bulky and fairly heavy. Based on species and moisture content green hardwood can be 4,500 pounds per cord and when dried 3,300 lbs. The variations can be largely based on the source you look at. Either way, the number of pieces and the weight is variable, but the concept remains the same. It takes work to move a cord of firewood kiln dried or green.
We take care of all the variables
We know that many people do not want to deal with all these variables and issues listed above. Then there is the time and work on handling and then stacking firewood. So we do it for you. As with anything else if you specialize in something and do it a lot we tool for it and have the people who do the work well and efficiently. From the forest selection of the wood through cutting processing and the wood to kiln dried firewood. We keep the wood dry and out of the weather the whole way. When the wood is delivered we stack it at the fireplace or storage area you specify. We do ask to know if there stacking of wood is not on the first floor.
Easily measured quantify at delivery
The fact that we have measured the amount of wood ordered when we load it on the truck is only part of the story. When it is delivered and stack in a neat pile often in a customer’s wood rack. When the wood is stacked it is then easy to measure and confirm the amount of wood delivered in relation to the dimensions of a cord or partial cord that has been ordered to make sure it is correct.
High-Quality Kiln Dried Firewood
Drying firewood in a kiln uniformly means selecting hardwoods that are similar in the rate they dry at. The density of the wood affects the rate of drying in each species of wood. Since the source of wood is mixed hardwoods here in New England the logs put aside for kiln dried firewood has to be done by compatible species that dry at the same speed. It is sort of like cooking hamburgers. If one is really thin and has a lot of fat, it will cook fast. If some other hamburgers are exceptionally fat and less than 20 percent fat they will take longer to cook.
"Forest To Fireplace"
We take care of all the details so that when you call us because you want a nice fire in the fireplace we are the concierge for you that gets you high-quality wood, places it where you want it stored so you have a no labor fire and can relax because it burns well not smoldering and smoking.
Click on the links below for more information on the following firewood sizes we sell and deliver:
Smaller quantities of wood are available picked up at our yard in our yard please call first
- Bundles of Firewood
- Pick Truck Loads
- Loose Cords
We charge a fair price for great wood, take the labor out of getting wood. It is a good deal for you and a good deal for us, so we can continue to be of service. Call Paul for delivery at 781-254-2773 or click here for a free online quote.