Free Firewood-Top 9 Places To Find It Near You
There really isn’t much better than a wood stove on a cold winter night. Not only do wood stoves provide a better source of heat, but they can save you an abundance of electricity. This is especially true if you are using an older heat pump. The only problem about owning a wood stove is keeping a steady supply of wood.
You have probably never had anyone come up to you and say, “Hey, do you want some free firewood?” This is understandable because cutting wood not only takes a lot of work, but it takes a lot of time. It can take nearly a year or more to cure some woods before they will properly burn.
Even though no one has ever come up to you and asked you if wanted free wood, you might be surprised to learn that people do give away free wood all the time. Some people have trees in their yard that are leaning and about to fall but lack the means to cut them down.
Some people have cut down fallen trees in the yards and have no use for it. Whatever the situation is, this is where you can swoop in and take advantage. You just have to know where to look and that is what you are going to learn below.
[If your new and want to learn about seasoning your firewood, check out my guide on how to that here, How to dry wet firewood.]
There is a good chance that you have used craigslist at least once or twice in the past. At the very least, you have heard of the site. If you have never checked it out, you are going to be in for quite the surprise. Not only can you barter, sell, and purchase items on this site.
But you can take advantage of the free things that people give away. People give things away on this site all the time because they have no means to get rid of them or just have no use for them.
In fact, there are many scrappers that make a living going around and collecting items that people give away on craigslist. Old appliances, doors, steel, and anything metal can be scrapped for a pretty good penny. Well, people give away wood as well on craigslist. Sometime you might have to cut the wood yourself. Sometimes the wood might already be cut.
It doesn’t matter because if it is free you really can’t complain. Keep in mind that you can also post ads that you are looking for free wood or are willing to cut down trees if the homeowner or business owner lets you keep the wood.
Check Out Construction Sites
New construction is still booming. Not only are people building new homes every day, but investors are building new businesses as well. If you drive within a 30 or 40 miles radius of your home there is probably a good chance that you will run into at least one or two construction sites.
If you can find a whole subdivision then you have literally hit the jackpot. These construction sites use a lot of wood for flooring, roofing, and various other applications.
When checking out the construction site you will probably see a big commercial dumpster sitting somewhere on the grounds. If you look in this dumpster there is a good chance that you will find an abundance of wood. It will probably be scraps and wood that can’t be used elsewhere, but it will burn.
Just remember to check for the foreman on the site ahead of time just to make sure that it is okay to take the wood. That being said, if it is in the dumpster there is a good chance that they don’t have any use for it.
A lot of state parks will permit people to gather down trees and branches for firewood. Of course, you must check with the State Park and Recreation Commission to find out if this offer is available in the state park near your residence. Do not attempt to gather any wood from state parks without written or oral permission.
Another place you can get free firewood is on public land. Again, you must consult with your local officials before removing any wood from these areas. In most cases, public officials will permit people to remove downed trees and branches from public land. To avoid penalties and fines, you should not attempt to remove wood from public land without written or oral permission.
Many landowners that have had their homes and businesses hit by severe storms will end up with downed trees and branches. Some of these individuals will offer this wood to anyone willing to come by and pick it up.
They will sometimes post and advertisement for free wood on the Facebook Marketplace. Of course, you will need to be on the lookout for these ads because free firewood offers will not last long.
You can also place an ad on the Facebook Marketplace to request free firewood. This will put you first in line to get the wood when it comes available.
Immediately after a storm, landowners will start removing downed trees and branches from their properties. If they do not have a truck and trailer, they will sometimes leave the debris lying next to the curb. They do this in hopes that someone will come by and take it.
So, the next time a storm hits the area you live in, you should drive around looking for trees and debris that is piled up next to curbs.
If you have any questions, you can always contact the homeowner directly. Most homeowners will place a sign with the words “free firewood” in front of the pile of wood.
Residential Arborist Services
Some residential arborist services will offer free firewood to the public. Just contact all of the companies that cut trees in your area. This is also a great way to get free mulch.
Most companies will give the wood away just so they do not have to deal with it. Of course, you will have to go pick it up. But, when you consider it is free firewood, it will be worth all the effort.
Do you leave near a shipping center or a freight depot? Maybe you have a local heating and air shop located just down the road for you. These types of businesses do a lot of fright shipping and receiving. Most of the items that they receive will be packaged together with wooden pallets.
Once the pallets are removed from the freight most of these businesses will have no more use for them. It is a big hassle for them to break them down and put them in the dumpster, so most of the time they are more than happy to give them away.
All you have to do is visit the center and talk with the manager. There is a good chance that they will be willing to just give these pallets to you just to get them out of the way.
In the age of online technology, you wouldn’t think that people still use church and community bulletins. Well, they still do and you can find free wood on them. Once again, this could be a situation where someone is looking for help cutting down a tree or wants a tree cut down.
In return, they will probably be willing to just give you the firewood. If you have the tools, the time, and know-how then you can swoop in and take advantage.
As you can see, there is an abundance of places that you can get free firewood. The methods mentioned above are not the only means but are probably some of the most effective. Just keep in mind that getting free firewood might mean that you sometimes need to work for it.
Other times individuals might have already done the hard work for you. Also, remember that if you don’t all the tools necessary for cutting down trees you can always rent or borrow them.