Tips for Purchasing Commercial Firewood

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When you are looking for commercial firewood for your commercial business like a restaurant, there are some tips on how to buy and how to store it.

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The following are some tips to buy firewood:

Constraints of space

There is a temptation to buy firewood in bulk for getting a superior deal and to last for a long time but be realistic about the quantum of space available for storage. Besides making sure how much space is available for storage, note that it is good to have adequate storage space with plenty of room between logs to prevent rotting and allowing them to dry. Also, store far away from the restaurant building for fear of insects, mice, fire etc.

Consider cord and rick

A cord is a criterion by which firewood is stored. The fraction of cord is used commonly-like 1/3 or ½. One must be ready to spend on the expense of a full cord in divided amount. For instance, a full cord has the cost of £60, a half cord costs £30 and a third cord can cost £20.

The 1/3rd of the cord is called as ‘face cord’. The face cord has a size of 8’ long, 16’ wide and 4’ high. As such, dimensions of the full cord are 8’ length, 4’ wide and 4’ high. The full cord equals 128 cubic feet.

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Some sellers of firewood use the rick measure. A rick is different from one dealer to another. It is common for sellers of firewood to severe their logs till 16-inch-long and stack however high they desire. Some calculations must be done to compare with other sellers. Enquire about length, height and width of the stack for determining cubic measurements of a rick.

In case a seller is charging the same for both cord and rick, he is cheating the customer to the extent of 33.3% of wood.

Type of commercial firewood

In case one is aiming to burn the firewood in an outdoor pit, there is no issue what kind of wood it is. But for an indoor woodstove like that in a restaurant, one must buy commercial firewood that is dense like maple and oak. Softwood like poplar burns faster and does not last long. Ash is not as dense as maple and oak but burns well.

Fruit woods and maple are perfect for cooking fires since they infuse the food with a pleasing flavour. But avoid resinous wood like spruce and pine for indoor fires. These, when burned, make creosote which may coat a chimney and cause chimney fire. Also, avoid the following woods-painted, pressure-treated, manufactured and stained like particleboard and plywood. These may release toxic gases on burning.

The best commercial firewood is one that is easily found in your locality and is spilt, seasoned and priced affordably. Ideally, it is good to have a hardwood such as oak and not a softwood such as pine.

The main difference between softwood and hardwood is the time for burning. The wood fibres in hardwood typically are denser, and hence, logs of the same size can burn longer. They will burn with more heat and generate lesser smoke than softwood.

The common hardwoods are birch, beech, hickory, apple, locust, white oak, mulberry, red oak, maple, yellow birch, white ash, elm cherry and sycamore. Softwoods include spruce, pine, fir, Adler, aspen, willow, butternut, basswood, cedar etc.

Another concern with firewood is to check whether they are split and seasoned. Seasoned firewood happens to be one that has been stored outdoors, kept safe from rain for a period of 6 months and longer. After splitting of firewood, it is regarded as green-implying high moisture content.

Seasoned firewood may be cracked at the ends, features falling bark and is substantially lighter compared to the greenwood. If one is in doubt, note the sound produced when it is dropped on a solid surface. The dry wood produces a hollow noise, while green wood produces a thick and muffled sound. When the wood is kept outside for several months, any moisture exits from the wood and wood becomes suitably dry to burn well.

Ask questions

Enquire from firewood seller when you buy commercial firewood if the wood is sent in the form of split logs. If this is not the case, find out how much it will cost to get it split or whether one has to do it on one’s own. Ask for approximate measurements so that it fits the stove of the restaurant. Most firewood is 16-inch-long, but it is good to get the firewood in chopped condition. Ask the following questions:

  • Do you deliver or is there an additional delivery charge?
  • Will you arrange the wood in the storage area or leave it in a pile along the driveway?
  • In case the customer is picking up the wood on his own, will the seller help in loading up the wood?
  • How much is the price and is there room for negotiation?

 These are all some tips for purchasing commercial firewood.



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