Firewood Bundles Not a Good Deal if You Do the Math – and We Did
It's summer in Sioux Falls. That means highs in the +80s or +90s. And at just about every gas station in town you can buy these bundles of firewood.
For about $6 a bundle you get around 7 or 8 hunks of wood. That's just under a buck a hunk.
Now hang with me and follow this math. A full cord of firewood is 4'x4'x8'. If each bundle of $5.99 ea. wood is 1 cubic foot, it would take 128 of them to make one cord of firewood. That means that each cord of Sioux Falls gas station firewood generates around $770.
Now here's where it gets interesting. You can have an average cord of fireplace firewood delivered to your house for around $250.00 or $1.95 a bundle.
Which means whoever is selling these bundles of wood is clearing about $4.00 a bundle or $550 a cord. As my grandpa used to say: "That's not too shabby." Good for them.
OK you've followed me this far. Stay with me just a little bit longer.
According to the Yellow Pages, Sioux Falls has about 70 gas stations. If each gas station sells 20 bundles of wood on average per week that's about $33,600 worth of bundled firewood sold in Sioux Falls per month (trust me, I did the math ... I think it's pretty close). And I'll bet the real numbers are higher.
Unless a lot of people have wood fired cook stoves at home, or are orchestrating tons of pagan ritual sacrifices, my guess is that this is all firepit wood.
That's a pretty fair chunk of change to spend for an excuse to drink beer outdoors after dark.
So... here's my summertime money saving idea for ya: Pull out your bag chair, crack open a Grain Belt, and punch up the 'Fire Pit App' on your cell phone. Yes there is one. Sure you can't roast a wiener, but with the firewood money you are saving you can have a tasty pizza delivered.