3 Ways To Ensure That Your Firewood Is Cost
Nothing beats the natural beauty and warmth of a wood burning heater during the colder months. This traditional way of heating a home is still a popular choice for many Australians who prefer using this natural resource over expensive electricity-powered heating devices. While less costly than other heating options, running a wood burning heater will still cost you money for firewood, particularly if you have a large heater that needs to provide heat for your entire home and operate around the clock.
Fortunately, there are many ways that you can keep your firewood costs down, and here are three of them.
1. Choose the right firewood
There are many different types of firewood available to buy, and they come in a variety of price ranges. Generally, you can choose from hardwood varieties, such as red gum, or softwood varieties, such as pine. Hardwood is more expensive than softwood when purchasing firewood.
It may seem like the most cost-effective option to purchase the cheaper softwood varieties, but this is actually a false economy. Cheaper softwoods burn faster and produce less heat than hardwoods. So you may end up spending far more over the course of a winter as you rapidly burn through the softwood and need to order more.
2. Buy your firewood in bulk
Like many other products for sale, firewood provides better value if you buy one large delivery instead of several smaller deliveries. Firewood is generally charged by weight, but there is normally a significant discount when you order larger amounts. This reduction in price equates to the extra costs involved with loading, delivering and administration that each separate delivery entails.
3. Split the logs yourself
Ordering a load of firewood that has already been split into small pieces ready to use in your wood burning heater is without question the most convenient way to buy firewood. However, this convenience comes at a price, and you'll be paying a premium for the labour cost of someone else splitting your firewood. If you split it yourself, you'll save yourself a significant amount of money and give yourself a good workout at the same time.
Firewood can be a cost-effective alternative to electrical heating if you are smart about purchasing your firewood. Contact your local firewood supplier to discuss which timber varieties they currently have available and organise a delivery to keep your wood burning heater blazing through the rest of the colder months.