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21 minutes ago, Saptie said:

This must vary based on location (we’re in Aberdeenshire) as I just paid £120 for a potato box of seasoned, split and cut beech!

that one of the big spud boxes about 1.8-2 cube if so that was dirt cheap,

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26 minutes ago, Saptie said:

This must vary based on location (we’re in Aberdeenshire) as I just paid £120 for a potato box of seasoned, split and cut beech!

I'm in mid Wales and that's exactly what we charge for a box (1.8 cube) of processed and dried firewood if it's collected. Tidy hardwood is £70+vat delivered in.

 

Personally I would pay £20 for arbwaste up to £35 for rings if I was collecting. It's not worth a huge amount because it takes so long to process which is why from a commercial point of view I don't bother.

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I sell freshly felled hardwood in pieces one man can easily move, or occasionally in rings, for £100 for a trailer holding 3.75 cu metres. That is half the price I charge for unseasoned logs (soon to be in 2 cu m loads or more, by law🤣💩).

 

In reality I have only been prepared to deliver at least 2 cu metres minimum load for some time, purely form logistics/cost effectiveness for me. I have only a small number of log customers, but they are well trained.

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Assuming this wood is for your own use then why are you only after hardwood?  Softwood has a bad press but it is quick to dry and heats the house well (dry wood burns...).  Plus as many consumers fear it will cause problems with stoves/chimneys, which is not true if the wood is dry and you don;t slumber the stove, which you shouldn't anyway.  Hence, there is currently little commercial value in softwood arb waste.  He sells logs but gets more wood than he needs, particularly softwood.  Also if you are not fussy about your wood then you will be more popular with your supplier.

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I generally find it's £10 a car load from tree surgeons, but I've been buying most of mine on Facebook Marketplace the last couple of years. 

 

I've just bought what I think works out at about 7m3 (loose) of Ash from a guy for £90 (he wanted £150). I had to cut up some of the big rings to move them, and had to cart them about 150 yards down his garden. All in all a fair bit of work, but there's people here (Kent) selling builders bags of seasoned Sweet Chestnut for £90 a pop. 

I was buying kiln dried, but it's just not economically viable for the amount we use, so a bit of graft keeps the cost down. 

 

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4 minutes ago, LogGoblin said:

I generally find it's £10 a car load from tree surgeons, but I've been buying most of mine on Facebook Marketplace the last couple of years. 

 

I've just bought what I think works out at about 7m3 (loose) of Ash from a guy for £90 (he wanted £150). I had to cut up some of the big rings to move them, and had to cart them about 150 yards down his garden. All in all a fair bit of work, but there's people here (Kent) selling builders bags of seasoned Sweet Chestnut for £90 a pop. 

I was buying kiln dried, but it's just not economically viable for the amount we use, so a bit of graft keeps the cost down. 

 

Trying adding yourself here, you might get the next load free!

 

https://arbtalk.co.uk/recycling

 

 

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I pay nothing.  I collect ARB waste from a local tree surgeon who has no yard space.  I've had ~50m³ over 5 years, probably 2/3rds hardwood but it varies.  I take some soft as I like some and it helps him.  I'm very lucky I know, I have tried to press cash into his hand but he refuses!  I once paid another guy 50 quid for Transit tipper load of Ash rounds which probably made 3-3.5m³ but was an absolute pig to split.  I'd be happier paying more like £30 for that amount, and £10-20 ish for similar volume of softwood.

 

Oh and I added myself to the tip site directory last weekend, I'll pay beer tokens but not more at the moment.

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Having installed a second stove, and since dad passed away I've taken on supplying mum with logs too, so my consumption almost doubled. First year of that was fine, o managed to get loads and loads and a huge percentage was Oak, so I filled my boots and probably processed 1.5 years worth of wood to get to 2 years ahead at the new consumption.  However last year was more difficult, the guy was just doing less take downs and more small pruning work.  I managed to scrounge 2-3 cube from neighbours that had trees removed but even so my supply looks like it'll be down a cube or 2 by the end of the winter.  Hence I thought I'd try the directory too.

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