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geoff7877
04-09-2016, 11:16 AM
And no, I'm not just happy to see you guys...

I'm buying an Old Country Pecos and I'm trying to get a gauge on buying wood. For the average, year around weekend warrior, how long will a cord of wood last on average. Obviously not looking for exact incremental measurements. Just wanting to gauge how long a cord will last so I can get my sourcing together.

Okie Sawbones
04-09-2016, 11:26 AM
This is a loaded question. If you only cook briskets, wood will go faster than if you only cook ribs or chicken.

geoff7877
04-09-2016, 11:29 AM
This is a loaded question. If you only cook briskets, wood will go faster than if you only cook ribs or chicken.

Then let's go with cooking briskets Saturday and Sunday every weekend.

Okie Sawbones
04-09-2016, 11:38 AM
A face cord of mesquite lasts me about five or six cooks when doing brisket, so double it for a cord. Other factors involved is the type of wood you burn, and the cooker that you use, so it is just a rough estimate.

pjtexas1
04-09-2016, 11:51 AM
I guess it varies widely. I bought a 1/4 cord of post oak and got at least 7-8 cooks on my shirley.

Edit: do you have room to store a cord? You might want to start out smaller and see how it goes unless the pricing is really good for quantity.

Okie Sawbones
04-09-2016, 12:02 PM
I guess it varies widely. I bought a 1/4 cord of post oak and got at least 7-8 cooks on my shirley.

Yeah, you sorry old goat, cooking on that fancy Shirley while I'm cooking on a clone offset that eats wood. :becky: :fish:

Bludawg
04-09-2016, 12:44 PM
A chord should last you 6 months with a Pecos because the splits need to be much smaller. I cut mine 12" with a 3" cross section and burn about 10 per brisket.

geoff7877
04-09-2016, 02:34 PM
I have one side of my house that is basically fenced off and used for extra crap storage. I could easily fit a cord there. Plus I thought calculating with a cord is a good measuring tool.

Probably oak for the wood. There's a place 20 miles from here that sells hardwoods and fruit woods for cooking. Most other "firewood" suppliers are mixed with pine and eucalyptus.

At $150/cord I'll probably save $$ over $10/bag of lump. Just want to be ready when the Pecos arrives.

pjtexas1
04-09-2016, 03:08 PM
Seeing that you need skinny splits you better start splitting them now.:shock:

geoff7877
04-09-2016, 06:44 PM
:laser:
I will use this

BillN
04-10-2016, 03:45 AM
Probably oak for the wood. There's a place 20 miles from here that sells hardwoods and fruit woods for cooking. Most other "firewood" suppliers are mixed with pine and eucalyptus.

At $150/cord I'll probably save $$ over $10/bag of lump. Just want to be ready when the Pecos arrives.[/QUOTE]

Wow $150.00 for cord is cheap at least for Arizona. We pay $320.00 a cord for mesquite and $350.00 for oak and pecan (In the Tucson area).

What are the prices for wood in the rest of the country?

JohnnyB
04-10-2016, 07:33 AM
We pay around $225/cord for green, and $300-$325 for seasoned. That's usually red/white oak, ash, maple, beech, and birch. You can sometimes ask for all of one species if you have a good relationship with a company.

I got two cords of 3-4" diameter beech for $175/cord a couple years ago off CL. I cook pretty much every Saturday, and some Sundays. Went through about 1/4 cord this year, but my cooker is on the smaller side (120 gal) compared to some of the monsters these guys run.

geoff7877
04-12-2016, 08:00 AM
Ok, I was WAY off with my $150/cord comment. Clearly I'm a newb when it comes to buying wood. I saw a couple firewood posts on CL for "firewood" for $150/cord. Looked closer and it was all junk. Nothing anyone would ever cook with.

Glad you guys pointed that out.

ahill450
04-12-2016, 08:16 AM
Y'all are getting shafted having to pay $150 or more. Here in North Georgia you can get a cord of oak or hickory for $80 to $100. I usually get my hickory from someone that needs a tree cut down and removed, they love to find someone that will cut and remove it for free.

geoff7877
04-18-2016, 10:49 PM
Ordered a half cord of oak delivered today. $245 delivered and stacked. Might be a tad pricey but they're making it super easy and the owner of the place is super helpful. I'll pay a little extra for knowledgeable, great service.

I'll check out a few other places when I need more wood but the new cooker arrives Wednesday and I want to season it same day and cook this weekend!

pjtexas1
04-18-2016, 11:03 PM
I can get a cord of post oak for $125. Guy is a pro. No junk, can get it split or whole.

geoff7877
04-19-2016, 08:00 AM
I can get a cord of post oak for $125. Guy is a pro. No junk, can get it split or whole.

Does he service the north Bay Area in California? I'm in Petaluma and need it delivered tomorrow. Let me know...