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Thanks, we don't sell much softwood, despite my efforts it's still only 5% of sales. The problem is although poplar's technically hardwood most people wouldn't be happy to see it in a load so I'm either going to have to take a hit and sell it as softwood or try it as chip which should work out better as we charge per kW but seems a waste of 2ft plus logs. 
 
Or try and convince people it's a good hardwood but we haven't tried any ourselves yet.
Just mix it in a little bit at a time, nobody will notice.
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1 hour ago, briquette_seller said:

Makes good kindling. 

 

Twas Certainly how a large fireWood seller got into it

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It’s only in the UK that we are so bloody fussy about firewood. We all know that dry is all you need for good heat. “ oh my god, is that a willow log in my delivery”

reminds me of the catherine Tate “ oh my god kids it’s not organic, RUN”

 

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Just an idea, you could use it as a loss leader.

Clients buying 'x' stere of wood get one free. That free being your pop.

Or sell it as Tesco 'value' level firewood.

Stuart

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Just make it into kindling surely? Ring it up and Hire a kindlet off fuelwood or something for a week!

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1 hour ago, SbTVF said:

Just make it into kindling surely? Ring it up and Hire a kindlet off fuelwood or something for a week!

Nice idea. Might take a while turning 100tons of this into kindling though ;)

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Nice idea. Might take a while turning 100tons of this into kindling though
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Well even if you only do some of it surely the profit margin will be better than selling it as a cheaper firewood? And it’ll last you a few years worth of kindling if you have the storage of course.

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1 hour ago, SbTVF said:


Well even if you only do some of it surely the profit margin will be better than selling it as a cheaper firewood? And it’ll last you a few years worth of kindling if you have the storage of course.

I would have to take a look at costs, we used to have a kindla machine but could never sell any.

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22 hours ago, slack ma girdle said:
On 06/07/2018 at 18:00, gdh said:
Thanks, we don't sell much softwood, despite my efforts it's still only 5% of sales. The problem is although poplar's technically hardwood most people wouldn't be happy to see it in a load so I'm either going to have to take a hit and sell it as softwood or try it as chip which should work out better as we charge per kW but seems a waste of 2ft plus logs. 
 
Or try and convince people it's a good hardwood but we haven't tried any ourselves yet.

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Just mix it in a little bit at a time, nobody will notice.

Or make a point of adding a small amount of poplar to each load, and tell the customer that you have added some logs that are good for getting the fire going at no extra cost.

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I wouldn't sell it as poplar.

 

If (or when I have to) buy firewood I will be wanting the best for my ££, if I was offered a named wood (as opposed to 'hardwood' or 'softwood') I would check it out online. So if all the tables say 'avoid' I wouldn't pay big money for it unless I knew otherwise.

 

 

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