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How to find free firewood

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Well the summer temperatures have finally started. But we are busy getting ready for winter. We have found a number of stores that will give away skids/pallets for free, they make great firewood.

gotta make sure they aren't chemically treated if you want to burn them, if they are really good hard wood you'd probably get more money selling them and buying good hard firewood instead of wasting that resource
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You don't worry about chemicals when burning them indoors? I burn them on the beach, but...closed quarters? No thanks.
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YUP, I burn 'em up here in Maine too. Think heavy- heavy stuff comes on hardwood pallets- most heat for least stoking. Tile, Bricks, Sakrete, usually come on hardwood pallets. I collect about 30 pounds of nails over the winter with my magnet dragged thru the ashes. I send with other scrap to the metal yard. Watch out cutting up "repaired" pallets- the nails can be anyplace! Thanks! Right ON!
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good video, winter will be coming back before you know it. Also, is it all safe to burn? I have heard that some pallets the wood is treated and that burning can release toxins. Another thing...Stephen Harper is a TOOL. watch the puppet is this video watch ?v=SfSZLnzoSPA Who writes his speeches, same guy that writes the australians PM speeches?
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Researching fire wood and every video's of Canadians. Go,figure.
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Lmao! This guy is really something xD
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Politics is slimy, never seen a politician yet that doesn;t talk from both sides of his mouth. Watch that video, you will understand why Harper is just another bought and paid for politician owned by the corporation called "CANADA".
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Most pallets are not treated anyone without a collage degree who works for a living can tell you that! Modern stoves burn so hot that any small amount of paint will be toast. I'm sure you use them for kindling anyway. Burn baby burn!
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I get mine free from the amish lumber mill,all i want for free. My hubby works full time so its my job to get(load and unload) all the fire wood...
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What do you have in your hand? A cup of coffee or tea? Nice vids!!!
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@squidskunk That works too, I just used my chainsaw with a dull chain. Seemed to work ok.
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@zekehooper agreed! make a little shop with them things!
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we sell fire wood in the winter and can harvest wood in alot of place for free a great time to get wood is when the utility company comes threw and cuts all the trees back and you can take it for free and alot of them will deliver to your door for free if you live near by the cheap guy
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What does a cord 16"x4'x8' of wood go for down there?
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@garybrown33 I get pallets from building supplies depots. Some of the pallets have a deposit on them but many dont so they let me have those that dont have a deposit. No problem. The cop probably didnt know what he was talking about
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@TheAMERICANTYRANNY Pallets are great in a wood burner. No problem with sparks and pretty efficient. I hardly ever use any other wood
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aha. I have a really old stove with no ashpan. I take a shovel...maybe every 5 days,...and put them in a metal bucket.
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Im pretty sure most pallets are pine shit wood. And also the blue pallets have pressure treatment or some type of chemical in the wood.. I would not burn weird wood in your stove you can get harmful fumes in your house...Pallets are for bomb fires. I would get a job and buy cord hard wood to burn..Cheers!!!
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love the giggle about the economy. hehe. i collect pallets also for fire wood. i used them to build a dog house,raised gardens,window boxes,and paint them to make primitive signs which i sell at market. All free just need a truck,muscle,and the will to collect them. :)
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@HomesteadAcres How much doe's a cord weigh? I know here in Australia,wood is sold by the metric ton(1000kg's),and they charge between $180-00 -$220-00..most of it is redgum,(an extremely heavy hard wood)..fantastic for burning,last's for ages and gives off tremendous heat,the other most popular is Mallee,another long burning hardwood,and the stumps from them are probably considered one of the best firewoods in the world,once you get your fire going,put a couple on,and your'e set for the night.
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great video here its $75.00 a cord up to $150.00
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@dgr8zod That's all part of the pastoral idealization. Pluses and minuses pluses and minuses. I used to cut my firewood recreationally with friends. Just a few single-bit axes, one double-bit, a file, and a venerable live oak. Good way to spend a day.
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Get with a tree service. They may be willing to drop off truckloads of logs at your place for free or for a nominal fee. Also slabs from sawmills. Small ones, anyway.
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@meandkg: No, but catch them out with a magneto when cleaning the fireplace and put them in a bin to collect the metal-garbage
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@hdrjunkie what do you mean safe? if you like to breathe stuff like mercury and arsenic ... sure, it's safe. Generally, you treat wood with stuff that kills organisms like bacteria and worms and insects. Poisons like heavy metals or stuff like creosote (creosote is a known carcinogen). The same stuff is poisonous to humans. Saving a few bucks on wood and risking your health and your life ... it's your decision.
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This will come in handy this coming Fall and Winter of 2011 when energy prices go thur the roof !!
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Looks like me (without the beard) Bla bla blah FIREWOOD and Blah blah bla allow me a slurp of Country style coffee Blah blha lhba The hell with politics...Burn the damn nails who cares its free...
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@wildbill23c ...cut the pallets apart..i use a circular saw with cheep walmart blades...
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I built an entire pig pen out of pallets, also used them to put down a floor in an old barn worked great for both.. :-)
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those pallets are a nightmare. i buy the more expensive hardwood for the stove. the soft stuff goes into the masionary fire place it burns so hot it doesnt matter if there is paint on it.
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Get my wood from a pallet manufacturing place (Amish owned). Mostly oak. big chunks, and small kindling. $5 a pickup load.
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YEAH THATS WHAT i THOUGHT... HE MENTIONE THAT HERE IN THE US WE NEED THE SKIDS TO BE SPRAYED FOR INSECTS.. SO IS HE SAYING HE IS BURNING THE INSECT SPRAYED SKIDS?
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I pay $25 for a wood cutting permit and can get up to 4 cords of wood per year for $25 plus about a tank of gas in the truck and some gas for the chain saw. However I have gone and picked up pallets anytime I see them advertised for free. Anything that's free I try and take if I see a use for it.
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LOL i like that the praying is the most energenic part isnt it i know what you mean then is not the time for your saw to quit lol thanks
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Excellent idea my friend and great video. Thanks for sharing your tip with everyone!
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nice vid man but isnt it bad to burn wood with nails in it in your wood stove?
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Ill let u in on a secret, u can get money recycling pallets
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@meandkg ...Ive been burning pallets for a decade now and i find the nails in the ash hold quite a bit of heat..that helps extend the fuel...its a good thing...lol
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@meandkg When disposing of ashes you can get free nails using a big magnet. You just have to temper those back and they'll be fine.
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@Mag4live I don't have a collage degree but my secretary does.
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@meandkg it's no issue to burn with the nails and staples, just sift through the ash before you toss it in the garden.
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You had me, dude, until the fateful line "I like Stephen Harper, though". May all your pallets be wet and painted!
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Might be interesting to tap into your knowledge of using skids in your house wood stove, for burning, and the best ways to cut the skids up. I've been around "wood stoves" for many years, but never actually owned one. We have bought one and it will be installed this week. Trying to learn what I can about wood storage, what's good wood, bad wood, etc.....
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well some skids are ether painted or presure treated (green) i dont burnthose ones as for harper everyone is intiteled to an opinion thats for sure but out of all the ones in my time to me you might say he is the lesser of evils i guess i just like some of there policys but not all
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Where I used to work the store was charged between $75 and $200 for pallets that we did not return. The blue ones with "CHEP" painted on them (like the one on the bottom of the stack that you were leaning on) cost $150 per pallet. you are lucky to get all of those free ones.
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@gillbatesiii Yeah I was being sarcastic. He's got a total Jedidiah beard going.
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Some of those pallets are good oak wood!!Only problem I would have with pallets as far as using them for my 100% of my wood is they burn up too fast.I mean you can't bank the stove up with them it will over heat and soon be out atleast in my stove you may have a better stove.Oh free is allways my favorite price LOL.You are collecting them as insurance i guess in case you run out of your regular wood during bad cold weather don't blame you one bit thats scary...
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Water heater dealerships tend to toss the packaging the tanks come in away.. The 2x4s were just right, and the 1x whatevers needed to be cut in two, but I took the edge off the gas bill for essentially free with the Franklin stove I had in the house back when. Just another source.
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nice but you should watch the painted ones as they will gum up your chimney
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good vid. Those pallets burn so fast, though.
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I built an entire pig pen out of old pallets worked great.
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What about chemicals that are sometimes sprayed on these pallets? How do you tell that?
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Another cool thing to do with them is make a small house or shelter. Look up on youtube, " building with pallets" I think the first couple vids are the best.
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Nice...I like the way you think. I use these to store my split wood. What kind of stove do you burn these in? Also, a video showing the most efficient way to cut these things up would be great, I'm always trying different techniques. Cutting without hitting the nails is tough
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you cant burn those pallets with stain or paint on them!! Not good for your chimney and also they cause fumes.
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I built an entire pig pen out of pallets, also used them to put down a floor in an old barn worked great for both.. :-)
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You are the Pallet King. Free dry firewood is a great deal, eh. GO FLYERS!!!
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@meandkg No, but don't dump the ashes anywhere that you will drive your car.
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Great idea! Saves money and recycles, its a win-win.
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does it matter if you burn the nails?
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He said, the pallets weren't sprayed with the bug spray so bussiness can't reuse the pallets, so this makes it easy for him to collect so many pallets.
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looks like your having fun drinking a ice cold beer
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@catey62 A cord isnt a weight its a mesurement of volume basicly. it is 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. a cord is what you can fit in that dimension. various woods will have diffrent weights due to density.
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i did the pallet thing one winter works good now how go at the beach collect drift wood lot easyer lol thanks for vid
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@HoofSupport he's not amish.. I saw him mention it in one of his videos.
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A lot more people in the UK are using wood for heating ,where I work several of us raid the dumpsters and get tons of scrap wood.
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@doobsta that's what I was thinking too.. one of those pallets look like it was made from wood chips held together by glue
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Can you explain what you said about the wood having to be sprayed? I couldn't' quite understand. Also, could you make a video about how you cut it up. You probably have a good system by now. Thanks for sharing, it's good to hear someone with common sense.
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looks like you burn painted pallets,skids
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Most stores have t pay a deposet on those skids your useing i found out when a cop pulled me over and gave me a warnning for STEELING.
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that is the good thing about having 1500 acres of trees on your propety
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lol free air conditioning :P it's about time for our free air conditioning to come in, however we dont have a wood stove. We are a little lucky and have a natural gas central heater which is far cheaper to run than a similar electric one. We have a place for a wood stove but just havent got one yet.
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You are a good surviver,and thats good mate.But dont forget to put Spiritual first,your esence what you will become and are in advance.Then you will never fail. All best for you and your family.
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have you seeen the rocket stoves
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Nice video, i know the feeling of paying back those electric heater bills, fires are always a better option. I know Canada is massive but do you know if there are a lot of logging jobs going in BC?
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its not good to burn those slabs because of the glue used in them - very poisonous chemicals come out of that.
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does it matter if you burn the painted ones?
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Pallets burn extremely hot, what do you burn them in? Can the wood stove/fireplace take the heat?
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Now that I'm in rurality, I have no end of wood. Just need to cut it up, and get it home ;)
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Try burning PINE. It's almost free and there isn't any more creosote from pine if it is DRY than hardwood. Google burning pine......... and save.
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Is that chemically treated wood? If so, you could poison yourself when you burn them.
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What do you do as far as tearing the pallets apart or do you just cut them up or bust them up with a sledge hammer? Seems tearing them apart is a pain because the type of nails that are used do not like to come out.
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"nails a pain?" not really....cut the pallets in smart fashion, they don't come into play. they take up nearly no room in a wood stove. throw them out with the ashes or recycle. don't burn pressboard, painted or treated pallets. Other than that, they burn really hot (help keep chimney clean), so are good for fire start up, initial warming.
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Just a question for you.................would'nt you be a bit warmer if you also had a moustache?
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gotta make sure they aren't chemically treated if you want to burn them, if they are really good hard wood you'd probably get more money selling them and buying good hard firewood instead of wasting that resource
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Hey thanks and good idea , I know about free tree removal i would try that but alot of prople want them cut down near houses roads and hydro lines but still that might work for anyone who has a lane way or trees in the back yard thanks for sharing
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my neighbour used to take his pallets to the skip , but i installed a log burner last year and now he gives me then pallets, free heat for the house , it only costs me my time and the price of a blade for my bushman saw =£3.99
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Aren't all the nails a pain in the butt?
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@SUPERPHANTAZM 1 cubic meter holds about 1500- 2000KWH of energy one Cubic meter of Natural gas has 10KWH one liter of oil has 10KWH and 10 KWH of electricy has 10 Kwh of power. for my 100M² home in germany year temp from +37 to -20 6 cubic meters should do for safety i hold 10 at the ready
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I didn't know 'get another load of wood' is code for 'get another case of Olympia beer'!
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is it safe to use/ burn the chemically treated ones? what about stuff like pine? dont you have to clean the chimney out more with all the creosote from burning soft , sappy wood?
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Burning Pallets alone will throw Sparks, becareful - their good to Mix in with fire wood tho to help throw out heat, but not too many !
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