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Firing Up The Fireplace
Posted By Jim On 10/20/2005 @ 2:29 pm In Personal Finance,The Home | 1 Comment
I’ve never lived in a home with a fireplace (my last apartment had one but I never used it) so this winter is going to be a bit of a treat for me. We have a fireplace, complete with blower, and even some fireplace tools so we look forward to it. We have three pieces of Duraflame firelogs to start the fires and five or six pieces of regular old firewood. Being a total novice in this, I consulted the power of the Internet for more information on firewood and apparently, it can get complicated. Ultimately, though, since the fireplace will be for romantic evenings and not for real heat generation, a lot of this information (while very handy) won’t be as important to me.
Firewood is sold by the ‘cord’ – 128 cubic feet usually stored as a 4′ x 4′ x 8′. While it’s sold by volume, the heat production depends on its weight and a cord of hard wood weighs twice as much as a cord of soft wood and produces twice as much heat (potentially). According to a friend of mine, a cord of hard wood goes for around $125-$150 though it could go up with gas prices being high (and consumers turning to wood as a substitute – go economics!)
In searching for firewood providers, I found out Maryland only lets vendors sell by the cord or half-cord. Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources About Buying Firewood page  was helpful with a great table on the effectiveness of certain woods.
Looks like if I want more wood I’ll just swing by the local Giant and pick up one of their little packages.
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 About Buying Firewood page: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/forester/firewoodinfo.html
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