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javahog2002 10-06-2012 10:33 AM

Wood price too high ???
 
Found an ad for wood here in Colorado.

Hickory, Oak, Pecan, or Cherry

Chunks: 10 lbs for $10.00
16 inch log splits for $15.00 per Cubic foot

Normally, I use charcoal in the offset. However, I would like to try some stick burning.

Is this price too high for the splits ?

I am sure it's higher than Texas and other BBQ hotbeds in the south.

columbia1 10-06-2012 10:51 AM

Consider this, a cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, and at your price of $15.00 for just one, this equates to $1920.00 a cord, HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!!!!

captndan 10-06-2012 11:11 AM

Being in Colorado I seriously doubt the authenticity of the wood. Maybe from Arkansas plus UPS charges.

lilburnjoe 10-06-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by columbia1 (Post 2236163)
Consider this, a cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, and at your price of $15.00 for just one, this equates to $1920.00 a cord, HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!!!!

Highway robbery ? Not likely! You may want to stop and consider all the time and labor it takes to prepare a box of smoking wood in 3, 6, and 12 inch pieces. It's a lot of sawing and chopping. Consistent sizes give better burn rates and a superior smoke. Plus figure in the cost of equipment. I find the cost quite reasonable. Comparing the cost of a cord of wood to a box of smoking wood is just plain ignorant!

volfan411 10-06-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by javahog2002 (Post 2236152)
Found an ad for wood here in Colorado.

Hickory, Oak, Pecan, or Cherry

Chunks: 10 lbs for $10.00
16 inch log splits for $15.00 per Cubic foot

Normally, I use charcoal in the offset. However, I would like to try some stick burning.

Is this price too high for the splits ?

I am sure it's higher than Texas and other BBQ hotbeds in the south.

Compared to fruitawoodchunks.com I would say that is not a bad deal.

42BBQ 10-06-2012 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by lilburnjoe (Post 2236191)
Highway robbery ? Not likely! You may want to stop and consider all the time and labor it takes to prepare a box of smoking wood in 3, 6, and 12 inch pieces. It's a lot of sawing and chopping. Consistent sizes give better burn rates and a superior smoke. Plus figure in the cost of equipment. I find the cost quite reasonable. Comparing the cost of a cord of wood to a box of smoking wood is just plain ignorant!

Not to be disagreeable Brother, but when using a stickburner, buying wood by the cord is the only way to go. And a cord of properly seasoned oak or cherry bought from a reputable wood supplier (or cut from the woods yourself like I do) will do just fine.

I get the idea of buying by the box if you are using a UDS, WSM, Big Green Egg etc. You can do a whole cook on a couple of chunks. However, I hand split my cherry then cut with a chop saw to use in the drum. Same wood, just as good as something I could order online.

Hawg Father of Seoul 10-06-2012 04:06 PM

Yeah, a Rick of oak is $45 here. Just got one bunk of a log truck of hickory for free (8 foot 8 inch logs, agerage 26 inch diameter).

Befriend a logger, you can cut tops or get cull logs.

javahog2002 10-06-2012 04:27 PM

Problem is there's not much if any Oaks growing in Colorado that I know of. Most of rhe firewood for sale is pine.

How deep is your Rick in Arkansas ? Or how long is each piece of wood ? I know a Rick can be anywhere from a 1/4 cord to 1/2 cord depending on the depth.

42BBQ 10-06-2012 05:06 PM

Java,

What hardwoods are common in your area? Are their any orchards nearby (apple, cherry, peach, etc)? Just about any clean burning hardwood will do. I use oak, cherry, and apple almost exclusively but am not opposed to trying other stuff.

Hawg Father of Seoul 10-06-2012 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by javahog2002 (Post 2236315)
Problem is there's not much if any Oaks growing in Colorado that I know of. Most of rhe firewood for sale is pine.

How deep is your Rick in Arkansas ? Or how long is each piece of wood ? I know a Rick can be anywhere from a 1/4 cord to 1/2 cord depending on the depth.

My firewood is 8 ft 8 inches ;)

1/3 of a cord.

Yeah, I would move or stick with charcoal.

jestridge 10-06-2012 07:36 PM

If you going to use a stick burner need a cheap source of wood
because they eat it up fast

Edgar214 10-06-2012 08:30 PM

I picked up a cord of hickory for $160 last week. All splits 18" to 20" long. Best deal I could find around here.
Mike

42BBQ 10-06-2012 10:15 PM

If you own or have access to a chainsaw, check craigslist free section. Lots of people with limbs down or trees toppled in a storm that will give away wood if you cut and haul it. Doesn't help you if it's mostly pine though.

javahog2002 10-06-2012 10:49 PM

There a good amount of apple trees. I will look for some orchards.

Bluebird 10-07-2012 07:39 AM

I guess that I am lucky in that I live on my families beef cattle farm and have around 100 acres of mixed hardwoods and fruit trees. We also slaughter one steer every year so I have a good supply of fresh beef to cook whenever I want it. Now if I can find one of those great WSM deals I would be in heaven.


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