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How much to pay for stacking firewood
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:40:01 AM »

So I'm pretty sure one way or another I'll have a gasifier before next winter. What I don't have is time to stack wood, I barely have time to get it cut and split.

My thoughts are this, build large racks that hold half a cord a piece out of treated lumber with 4x6's on bottom with treated lumber screwed to them. Racks would be 4'x4'x4' so each would hold half a cord. Not sure if on some of the wetter heavier woods if our little yard lift would handle a rack that held a full cord until it dried. A rack that held half a cord would be easier to find places to keep em inside while drying. Eventually I plan on buying a car port and placing it on 2'x2'x6' concrete blocks to get enough height to get the forklift under.

So the question is this, whats a fair price to pay someone to fill a half cord rack? I'd pay by the rack, years of paying help to unload and stack hay has taught me very little gets done when paying temp help by the hour.

I have a friend a few miles away with a couple of boys that wouldn't mess it up too bad as well as another friend down the road that seems to be laid off as much as he works and is always looking for beer money.
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Re: How much to pay for stacking firewood
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 01:16:40 PM »

I would stack one myself and see how long it takes then figure out an amount that seems fair or pay him in beer:) 
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Re: How much to pay for stacking firewood
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 04:24:29 PM »

I would stack one myself and see how long it takes then figure out an amount that seems fair or pay him in beer:)

Not to toot my own horn or sound like a pompous ass, but most folk can't keep up with me when it comes to manual labor. 40 years on a farm tends to have that effect.
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Re: How much to pay for stacking firewood
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 07:30:31 PM »

I would stack one myself and see how long it takes then figure out an amount that seems fair or pay him in beer:)

Not to toot my own horn or sound like a pompous ass, but most folk can't keep up with me when it comes to manual labor. 40 years on a farm tends to have that effect.
your pretty brave on saying that lolů
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Re: How much to pay for stacking firewood
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 07:39:22 PM »

So I'm pretty sure one way or another I'll have a gasifier before next winter. What I don't have is time to stack wood, I barely have time to get it cut and split.

My thoughts are this, build large racks that hold half a cord a piece out of treated lumber with 4x6's on bottom with treated lumber screwed to them. Racks would be 4'x4'x4' so each would hold half a cord. Not sure if on some of the wetter heavier woods if our little yard lift would handle a rack that held a full cord until it dried. A rack that held half a cord would be easier to find places to keep em inside while drying. Eventually I plan on buying a car port and placing it on 2'x2'x6' concrete blocks to get enough height to get the forklift under.

So the question is this, whats a fair price to pay someone to fill a half cord rack? I'd pay by the rack, years of paying help to unload and stack hay has taught me very little gets done when paying temp help by the hour.

I have a friend a few miles away with a couple of boys that wouldn't mess it up too bad as well as another friend down the road that seems to be laid off as much as he works and is always looking for beer money.
pay whatever you think is fair..If the person agrees ..Good deal..Theres no $ sign on what is cost to stack wood.. No different than mowing your lawn (non professional)
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Re: How much to pay for stacking firewood
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 06:47:03 PM »

May make these racks a full chord after all, I need to make a call Monday morning and see if I can replace our tired old Ford 801n yard lift with a real forklift. 4 foot forks with a 5000 lb capacity should handle those racks no problem.

Will be real happy to get the second to last thing off the farm that still burns gas and replace it with a diesel.
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