If you’re planning on heading to a campground to do some camping or are simply out of wood and want to have a campfire tonight at home in a pinch, it’s a good thing to know the cost of a bundle of firewood.
The price of a firewood bundle is $5-$10. The price fluctuates depending on if you are buying kindling or hardwood bundles. The area you live in also plays a role, if you live in a rural area flush with forests, you will be able to pay less for a bundle of firewood than someone in the city.
A bundle of firewood is typically between .75 and 1.0 cubic feet, and there are 7-12 pieces of firewood in each bundle.
Where to buy a bundle of firewood
Firewood is typically very easy to find, as a variety of shops will often carry it.
Here are the best spots to purchase a bundle of firewood.
1. Roadside stands
A roadside stand is typically the best option if you’re looking to get the best price on seasoned wood bundles.
They will often offer you the best rate on bundles as they are the ones who actually process, bag and sell the wood, cutting out the middleman.
2. Gas stations and Convenience stores
Some gas stations and convenience stores tend to keep bundles in stock, they purchase them in bulk from suppliers, which leads to an increase in price, so they can make a decent margin.
This wood will work, but it isn’t the best. The last time I bought a bundle from a gas station, all the logs were fairly green wood and didn’t give off much of a flame.
Note: Be prepared to spend more money on bundles while camping if you plan on having lots of campfires!
If you are going camping and want to have campfires, chances are you will have to purchase wood from the campground.
Most campgrounds will require you to buy your wood directly from them while camping rather than bringing your own from home.
This is to protect against the spread of non-native invasive species that can harm the trees in the area. Unfortunately, this often leads to higher prices when camping.
Campgrounds typically tend to be on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, charging nearly $10 for a bundle of hardwood and between $5-$7 for a bundle of kindling.
4. Grocery stores
If you’re in a pinch and want to get a fire going in a hurry, often times you will be able to take a trip up to your local grocery store to purchase a bundle.
Prices in grocery stores tend to be in the same ballpark as you would pay at a gas station or convenience store.
People who sell bundles on Craigslist tend to be the same people who also operate roadside firewood stands, and therefore are also typically similar in price.
What I like about purchasing bundled firewood on Craigslist is that you can often haggle and get a better price if you buy more than one.
Some people will even be nice enough to deliver your bundle of wood right to you! Although, typically this is reserved for larger orders.
6. Farmers Market
A farmer’s market is not only a place to get deals on fresh fruits and produce. Often times you will be able to pick up some dry firewood for a bargain of a price.
Like roadside stands and Craigslist, people who sell wood at a farmers market are the ones doing all of the work. They don’t need to increase their margins to make a profit and will give you a great deal.
How long does a bundle of firewood last?
A bundle of firewood will last you 2-3 hours. This time can fluctuate depending on how often you are feeding the fire and whether the wood bundle is hardwood or softwood.
Hardwood will burn for much longer than softwood, a healthy fire will typically use both hardwood and softwood.
There are two types of bundles people usually sell, hardwood log bundles and softwood kindling bundles. It’s best to pick up one of each, especially if you don’t own an axe or a hatchet to do some splitting.
Should you buy a bundle or a full cord of firewood?
A firewood bundle will cost you more in the long run than if you were to purchase a full cord of wood. This is because bundles come with a “convenience” tax.
If you are a person who uses a lot of firewood, I would highly recommend looking into purchasing a full cord of wood, you will save a lot of money.
But, if you just need wood for a few nights, a bundle is definitely the way to go.
Let’s break it down.
- A full cord of wood will cost you between $300-$400 depending on the quality of the wood, let’s say it’s $350 for this example.
- There are 128 cubic feet in a full cord and 1 cubic foot in a bundle, if we divide the $350 by 128, it comes to about $2.70 per cubic foot, or, $2.70 per bundle of firewood.
- With the average price of bundles of firewood being $5 and a bundle of fire wood typically being 1 cubic foot in size, you would be paying $640 for a full cord of wood.
If we do the math, $640 minus $350, you are saving a total of $290 by purchasing a full cord of firewood rather than buying a bundle at a time.
That’s a lot of savings, and it’s always good to have extra firewood on hand!
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