Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A just in time barter.

Brought home a face cord of seasoned apple wood today. Just in time as we are about 1/3 of the way through our last cord of soft maple. Figuring this should last us well into feb. if not till march. Hasn't been as cold lately so we aren't firing the stove so hard. I am going to have to file up the chainsaw, but, the cost was perfect. Two and a half hours of my time. Most of it riding in the truck. It turns out a coworker cleans basements on the side in exchange for whatever he can scrounge out of what he hauls. He's been driving around for a week with over a ton of scrap metal on his truck. Most of it an old steam heating boiler. His normal helper has been sick and it was too heavy for his wife to help. He got a chunk of cash and I got about $75.00 worth of firewood. I also got leads on three dead walnuts that need cutting up for next year. He also promised to send any tree calls he gets my way as he doesn't do trees anymore since he got rid of his wood stove. Gotta do what ya gotta do! Would rather spend $5.00-$10.00 for chainsaw gas and oil than hundreds to the gas company every year! Money not spent equals money that doesn't have to be earned at a job. Which means more time to hunt and fish, which also equals less earned money needed! Woods

2 comments:

Cedar ... said...

Woodsrunner, I really like your formula at the end of your post. Good thinking!

Lawrence said...

I am getting a little too old to stumble around in the woods cutting fire wood so I have a related skill for cash. I buy bulk saw chain & sell loops to the wood cutters. I also sharpen chain with an old Foley sharpener I have had sense the middle 70's.

I also have gas from a well which helps too.