JOSHUA TREE FIREWOOD
FIREWOOD FACTS & PRICING
TYPES OF WOOD WE SELL and a few types we don't. (please call for latest
pricing and availability as inventory and availability is constantly changing)
Note: prices below are before sales tax
Yes we charge sales tax sorry but it's the rules
We accept Visa / Master Card/
Mike's special blend of Oak, Pine, Eucalyptus and Avocado
Cedar, Elm & Sycamore
BEST VALUE FOR STOVES
$120.00 1/4 cord
$220.00 1/2 cord
Avocado out of stock
$330 1 cord
$200 1/2 cord
$99.99 1/4 cord
20.7 to 24.3 BTUs Burns faster than Eucalyptus and slower than
pine. Emits a very pleasant aroma and burns hot, moderate ash
leftover. Best for campfires & open flame cooking.
Eucalyptus.... out of stock
$140.00 1/4 cord
$240.00 1/2 cord
32.5 to 34.5 BTUs Red Gum and White. Very long burning wood.
Very heavy, Burns hotter than Avocado but not as hot as Oak.
Leaves a fair amount of ash leftover requiring more cleanup.
Oak... out of stock
$100.00 1/4 CORD
$200.00 1/2 CORD
34.4 to 36.6 BTUs Burns very hot! But at a slightly faster rate than
Eucalyptus, smells good, very heavy. Minimal ash leftover. This
is our top of the line firewood.
Pine.. out of stock
$140.00 1/2 cord
$ 240.00 1 cord
27.3 to 31.7 BTUs Burns HOT!, burns well very popular. Lights
easy, great for campfires fireplaces and wood stoves. Gives a
great crackling sound in your fireplace. Our best bargain!
Citrus/Orange wood... out of stock
now $350 1 cord
now $225 1/2 cord
now $125 1/4 cord
28.3 to 32.5 BTUs Burns well, burns slower than pine but faster than
Oak, burns hotter than avocado. Smells great!, leaves minimal ash.
Great for heating and cooking.
Campfire wood... out of stock
We now offer firewood that is specially cut for your campfires.
CEDAR... out of stock
$99 1/4 CORD
Cedar burns hot and clean and also used to keep your flue clean!
Now in stock
Large quantities available for resale
Tamarisk... NEVER IN STOCK
JUNK WOOD, burns fast produces an aroma that will drive your
in laws and neighbors away, commonly sold by "cash only"
street peddlers, we wont sell this stuff.
Cottonwood... NEVER IN STOCK
Cheapo wood, burns fast produces minimal heat also commonly
sold by street peddlers, we don't sell this stuff.
|Call us and we'll
be happy to
We love to talk
If you have a question please send us a note? I’m sure someone else has a similar question and would like to know the
Q. What is the best firewood?
A. Before I can answer this, I have to ask what is your firewood for? Campfires? Wood
burning stoves? Fireplaces? Or cooking? Most importantly, for any use it must be seasoned &
ready to burn. For campfires, I suggest a softwood like Pine, Fir, Avocado, or construction
scraps (nails removed; not plywood or chipboard). This is because they burn and ignite easily.
For fireplaces, I like Avocado, Eucalyptus, Oak, Citrus, Pine and Fir that is split in
approximately 2" square cuts and long as possible. Wood burning stoves, I recommend a
mixture of soft wood like Avocado to get the fire started and when the coals are good and hot
add in hard wood like Eucalyptus or Oak for a long hot burn. I prefer fat and short cuts for stoves.
For cooking, I like Oak, Avocado, Citrus, Mesquite or Hickory. Mmmmmmm nothing better than a
good steak or burger cooked on an open fire. Try soaking a few "wood chips" in water for about
20 minutes and toss em in the coals and that will increase the smoke and will increase the natural
Q. What does the term “seasoned firewood” mean?
A. Seasoned firewood is wood that has been cut & split or cut into rounds (14"-21” discs)
and have been set aside to dry out completely before being split and sold. Soft woods like Pine,
Avocado, Cottonwood and Tamarisk will be properly seasoned in our dry desert environment in
as little as 90 days. Hardwoods like Oak and Eucalyptus are much denser and need to season
for 6 months to even a full year before burning. More often than not we purchase our stock from
trees that are already dead and have sufficiently dried by the time we haul them back for
processing. We test our stock with a moisture meter to ensure you are getting properly dried
wood. Veteran wood burners traditionally buy next years’ wood this year to let it season even
more before burning. Kind of like a fine wine it gets better with age. That wood will burn hotter
and cleaner emitting less creosote buildup in your chimney.
Q. Can I burn unseasoned firewood?
A. NO!!!! DON’T DO IT! Unseasoned wood is wet. For example, a cord of Oak will emit
about 5 gallons of water from the time it is cut to the time it is seasoned! More importantly,
burning wet wood emits creosote and that sticks to your chimney and that is a leading cause of
chimney fires! Burning wet wood is hard to start, smolders, often the fire goes out and does not
emit the BTU’s needed to heat your home! BAD IDEA DON’T DO IT! If you ever get wet wood
from me, Call and I will replace it free!
Q. How can I tell if my firewood is seasoned?
A. There are several ways to tell. The most accurate is to use a meter that reads moisture
content and displays the results in the form of percentage. For example, if the moisture content
is 10% or less, then your firewood is seasoned and ready to burn. But if the moisture percentage
is higher, it needs to set a while longer to allow the water to evaporate. Well, because most of us
do not have a fancy moisture meter, another way to tell is by looking at the end cut of the
firewood. If you see several cracks, that usually means the wood is seasoned. As the water
evaporates from the wood, the wood contracts causing the cracking. Though this isn't 100%
accurate, it is a good way th tell. Finally, if your wood has bark on it and the bark comes off
easily, it's a good sign that it is seasoned but if the bark is difficult to peel it may need more
time. Lastly, if your wood has green leaves still on it chances are it is a little too wet.
Q. What if my firewood gets wet from rain?
A. Usually it only rains for a very short period of time in this desert and the rainwater will
hopefully not absorb deeply into your firewood. If it gets rained on, Do not cover it up (after the
fact) with a tarp as that will block out the evaporation process. Let it dry outside in the sun for a
few days to a few weeks depending on how wet it got and it should be OK. If in doubt Call me and
when I'm in your area, I'll stop by and check it for you.
Q. What is the best way to store my firewood?
A. There are many ways, here's a few suggestions. It is best to store your firewood above
ground on a rack to give a gap between the firewood and the dirt or concrete and walls. Do this
for two reasons. First, firewood is like a sponge, if the ground gets wet, your firewood will absorb
the moisture. Second, by raising the firewood above the ground and away from walls, you have
fewer chances of bugs, spiders, vermin or snakes from making homes in your firewood. The
best way to cover your firewood is to keep a roof over it with three walls around it and plenty of air
to pass through it. Under a patio cover or even a lean-to works well. At the very least cover your
firewood with a tarp before it rains and then uncover it afterwards.
Q. What is the difference between hardwoods and softwoods?
A. Softwoods like Avocado Pine, Fir, Cottonwood and Tamarisk are less expensive. They
are not as dense or heavy as hard wood. Softwoods burn faster (sometimes as much as twice as
fast as hardwood) than hardwoods and usually emit less BTUs than hardwood. Hardwood burns
hotter and longer and is generally more cost effective because of this.
Q. What is the difference between stove cut, fireplace cut and campfire wood?
A. Stove cut is specially cut and split for wood burning wood stoves. Usually less than 20
inches long and split thicker for longer burning and less hassle to keep the stove fed. Fireplace
cut is less than 24” long but split thinner to produce a more brilliant fire for better ambiance.
Campfire wood is similar to fireplace cut but more twigs and round branches (usually the less
pretty and generally less expensive)
Q. Why should I purchase my firewood in the spring or summer?
A. By purchasing your firewood early you give it more time to season and it will burn better.
Like a fine wine let it sit and it will be better with age BUT… if it sits too long (like more than 4-
years), it will start to decompose and turn to mushwood (yes, I made that term up but you get a
visual don't you?) Also by purchasing firewood in the “off-season", you can save a few bucks!
Remember the laws of supply and demand. If you wait to buy in the peak of the winter, we are
busiest and you may run risk of spending a few cold nights waiting for your delivery at peak
Q. How big is a cord of wood? How do I know I get what I paid for?
A. As described by the Department of Weights and Measures, A cord of wood is 128 cubic
feet. A common way of measuring a cord is 4’ X 4’ X 8’. Neatly stacked! We have a dump trailer
that measures 6’5” X 24” X 10’ so when we stack your wood neatly inside flush with the top, you
get 130 cubic feet of wood. (That’s 2 cubic feet extra) However if we just toss in a premeasured
cord of wood in that same trailer, it won’t fit. It will form a mountain and fall out and still I can’t get
it all in. (To satisfy my curiosity once I measured a full cord tossed in a pile and it measured
about 150 cubic feet). A half cord is half that or 64 cubic feet.
Q. What is a Yucca cord?
A. Who knows...I think it's a pile of wood that fits in the back of a pickup truck.
Q. Is buying wood “by the truckload” legal?
A. No. Because pickup trucks don’t all have the same size beds, the volume is
questionable. It cannot be controlled or monitored. Just like buying oranges by the pound…
firewood is sold by the cubic foot.
Q. Why do you charge sales tax?
A. It’s the law. In the State of California, anything bought wholesale and sold retail, is
taxable. We mustn’t cheat our “Govenator” out of his share.
Q. How often should I have my chimney swept? Or should I even bother?
A. Chimney fires are commonly caused by chimneys that have not been swept. The residue
that builds up in chimneys is flammable. Your chimney should be serviced often. The more you
use it the more often you need to have it swept. As a general rule once each year for normal use
and twice a year for heavy use. .
Q. What if I buy “stove cut” firewood from you and some of it won’t fit in my stove?
A. When you pay extra for stove cut you expect your wood to fit in your stove. We strive to
give you the perfect sizes but some stoves are smaller than others. If you find a piece or pieces
that don’t fit, put them aside and call us (760) 219-9663 and we will come and cut them down at
no charge to you!
Q. How did a guy like you score such a hot wife?
A. I’m just lucky I guess
Q . What is the difference between a log and round?
A. A log is the trunk of a tree usually between four and twenty feet long.
A Round or bisquit is a slice of the log usually between 14" and 24" long
Q. What are your free delivery perimeters?
A. We offer free delivery to the Morongo Basin. If you live east of Twenty Nine Palms, North
of Landers, West of Morongo Valley or south of Yucca Valley an additional delivery charge to
cover the extra time and fuel cost would be helpful. Call me (760) 219-WOOD (9663) for a
Q. Do you deliver to Joshua Tree National Park?
Q. Do you have delivery access requirements?
A. Yes. We only ask that we can safely and easily back our truck and trailer to the delivery
spot. Please we ask that you make sure there are no "hazards" such as walls, fences, gates,
water lines kids or toys etc.in our path. We don't want to run anything over and ruin your day.
Q. How is firewood processed?
A. The process starts with a trip to the mountains or big city down below where we purchase
logs or rounds from wood wholesalers. We hand load the wood into our trailer and transport it to
our yard in Joshua Tree. Then after we unload the logs, we "buck" (cut with a chainsaw) the logs
into rounds (slice the logs into discs about 16" to 20" thick). We then test the rounds for
moisture content and put aside the wet ones for seasoning. The rounds that are ready to split
are then split into firewood and stacked into 4' X 4' X 8' bins. When you place your order we then
stack the wood into our dump trailer and transport it to your home. Before we unload, We ask
you to look over your load, take note of and approve the size, give us your approval. Then write
us a check and we unload it. The whole process takes about 9.5 man-hours per cord from
beginning to end (excluding drive time).
Q. How many pieces of wood are in a cord?
A. I actually counted one time and it was 746 That number will obviously vary because cut
sizes are never exactly the same.
Q. Do you sell kindling?
A. Yes. Bring a bucket, box or trash can to our yard. We'd love to fill it for you for a small fee.
If you purchase a 1/4 cord or more it is free with your order, just ask for free kindling with your
Q. Do you sell bundles?
A. Yes. Call me (760) 219-9663 for pricing.
Q. Do you sell wholesale?
A. Yes but only to legitimate dealers (must have resale license, city business license and
good reputation with references) and only if we have plenty of stock on hand to share. We do
have plans to increase our wholesale services in the future. Call me (760) 219-9663 for pricing
Q. I bought a truckload of "Pine" firewood from some dude on the highway and when I
burn it, it stinks so bad I can hardly stand it. Is it unseasoned or contaminated?
A. Chances are, it wasn't Pine that you were mislead to believe it to be but were sold a load
of Tamarisk. That stuff is nasty. Always ask for a receipt. And that receipt should state the
species, and amount sold. Please support local business but never under the table.
|One full cord in our delivery dump trailer
10' X 2' X 6'6" =130 cubic feet
(1 cord is 128 cubic feet tightly stacked with minimum air gaps)
|Perfectly seasoned Oak 1%
ready to burn
|Green Citrus at 29% not ready to
burn until it is at 15% or less
My lovely bride Paula
BEST of the
Hi Desert Star