The best way to sell Firewood is in bundles. You don’t necessarily have to reach out to bulk firewood buyers with truckloads of wood, but most modern consumers of good firewood would want to buy a bundle big enough to stock their fireplace for at least a week or two. If you can shrink wrap them, you may be able to appeal to local stores and campgrounds, which are always on the lookout for firewood that they can resale to their customers.
Also, a business model that works for you could be a large scale operation selling massive amounts of wood, or simply selling a few truckloads of firewood to earn some extra vacation money. However, a simple roadside stand along a busy street can be enough to sell any firewood you have lying around.
Have it in mind that you can sell firewood in any volume or size, but in the United States, most of your consumers would prefer seasoned hardwood sold in firewood measurements that most people recognize, like a cord. Also described as a full cord, it generally measures 4 feet wide x 4 feet tall x 8 feet long totaling 128 cubic feet. However, for most successful entrepreneurs in this line of business, the real revenue comes from selling bundled firewood.
These small bundles are sold to local stores, campgrounds, and businesses for 2 or 3 times more money per unit volume. More or less wrapped in packages that contain about 5-6 pieces of split firewood, or roughly .75 cubic feet, the bundles require a little extra labor, but the time and effort are definitely worth it!
Note that to effectively produce these smaller packages, pre cut wood is placed in a firewood bundler. These machines leverage firewood shrink wrap to pre package firewood into smaller, more portable quantities. In the United States, these small packages are popular for campfires, fireplaces, and traveling.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area where premium firewood is in demand, selling kiln dried firewood is another option. Have it in mind that this firewood sells for a higher price because it is free from insects and its low moisture content creates a hot, long lasting fire. Firewood that is dried in a kiln tends to be very easy to light, which is enticing to someone who wants a fire that is easy to build, without creating a lot of smoke.
Furthermore, if you have customers who are eager to know the amount of moisture contained inside the firewood, consider purchasing a firewood moisture meter. These meters are not a necessity, but they offer an easy way to show the current moisture content of the wood.
How to Start a Firewood Selling Business in 2021
Starting a Firewood business in the United States can be a wonderful side-hustle and indeed provide you enough income to make it a full-time job. Selling firewood might be good old fashioned work, but there are many benefits to being your own boss. Here are steps to take to get into this business.
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Name and Brand Your Firewood Business
Note that naming your business is a crucial step in the process of starting your own business and can even help you stand apart from the competition. You could go simple and name it something like ‘Donald’s Firewood’, or you could be a little more cheeky and creative. However, after you choose a name, it is time to have a logo made.
A logo is also as crucial as your name; it is a visual representation of your business. It will also help you feel more official and give you a sense of validity. At this age, you can have a logo made from a variety of online resources depending on your budget. With logos, you usually get what you pay for. You don’t need to break the bank and it isn’t even advisable.
Form A Business Entity
Once you have your name and logo secured, it is time to form an official business entity. There are many reasons you will want to put your business under something like an LLC; or limited liability company.
- Forming an LLC will protect your personal property and assets.
- It makes finances and bookkeeping easier
- An LLC will come in handy during tax time
Have it in mind that starting a firewood business does take some initial start-up capital. However, when compared to other businesses, start-up costs are relatively low, depending on your situation. For instance, if you already have a truck, this will save you a lot of money.
Most times, customers may come to you, but you will most likely be delivering the wood to either a person or place of business for resale. Here is a list of itemized equipment you will need to start your firewood empire.
- Log Splitter
- Kindling Splitter
- Firewood Splitting Axe and Hatchet
- Sturdy Gloves
- Firewood Cord Strapping Kit
- Truck and/or trailer
Get Inventory For Your Firewood Business
After you must have acquired the proper equipment, you need the inventory, simply put, the wood. Maybe you already have the idea of starting the business because you live on a property with lots of potential trees to harvest for wood. If that is the case, then you already have this question answered and can move on to the next phase of the plan. But if you don’t have immediate access to wood, here are some ways to get it.
- Make a deal with friends or family with timber
- Find strangers with timber for sale.
- List an ad on Craigslist yourself.
- Check local lumber mills.
Get Customers For Your Firewood Business
At this point, you have the equipment; you have the firewood, now it is time to get the customers for your firewood business. First, you will want to structure your firewood company differently depending on whom you plan on selling to.
For instance, do you want to sell to wood stove owners in bulk, or would you be focusing on small bundles for campgrounds or backyard fire pits? Although many want to do both, but it might be best to focus on a specific angle when you are getting started. It is imperative to understand your target demographic and what your ideal customer looks like. Types of customers you may want to sell to include:
- Grocery Stores
- People with wood-burning stoves
- Weekend Warriors: Campers, Beach Goers & Backyard Pits