You may have come to this page just out of sheer curiosity. You may have come here because you can’t believe someone would intentionally list “cutting your own wood” in the highlights of owning this house! But whatever brought you here, give me a chance to explain myself and you may not think I’m so nuts after all.
I’d like to say that cutting your own wood is fun but I can’t. I’d like to say it’s relaxing but it’s not. I’d even like to say it makes you more manly but I’d be lying to you. What I can say is that you’ll save a bunch of money and you’ll get some exercise to boot.
A cord of wood, depending on what time of year you buy it, what kind of wood it is and who you buy it from, can run you between $150-$250 a cord. You’ll need at least 3-5 cords per winter. Do the math on that and you can clearly see that if you’re only looking for heat and not some type of romantic ambiance, if you’re going to pay full price for the cords of wood, you might as well run the heat pump, it’ll be cheaper. However, if you cut your own wood, it’ll cost $10 per cord and you can have your ambiance as well as save some bucks. In case you’re terrible at math; five cords of wood at $200 per cord will run you $1,000. Five cords of wood with you cutting it yourself will run you $50. So, $1,000 or $50, which would you rather pay? Really stupid question huh? Well there ya go.
The Sisters Wilderness has seen it’s share of wildfires and because of that, there’s wood to cut there for the next 10-20 years or more. All you need is a chain saw and a truck and lack the ability to whine and complain, and you’re set.