Well, it’s about that time of year again. Soon, the winter’s snow will be piling up around us all, and so too will the need for quality firewood that’s delivered FREE right to your door. Because when the mercury starts to fall, the last thing you’ll want is to be out of firewood to keep you and your family warm.

But why order firewood over other heating options?

Firewood is an Inexpensive Option

The cost of using the heater on a regular basis can add up quickly. The cost of the cheapest heating source for a winter is $575 for natural gas, according to real estate researcher Bigger Pockets. That’s far more than the price of a cord of firewood from Saunders.

Firewood Delivery is FREE and fast

What’s better than FREE delivery? Free delivery within a day of ordering.

Our expertise in logistics and years of experience in the landscaping material supply business allows us to reduce our costs and pass the savings on to our customers in the form of FREE delivery and low prices. Our system usually allows us to deliver on the same day or the next day, meaning you don’t have to go without firewood for long and you can begin the stacking process quickly.

You don’t even have to be home to accept delivery. In fact, most of our clients aren’t home when we deliver. You’ll find your firewood in your driveway ready for stacking when you get home from work.

Firewood Creates Ambience

In the middle of a cold winter night, it is hard to beat having a warm glass of hot chocolate or apple cider while relaxing with family or friends near a warm and toasty fireplace. The added ambience from the glowing fireplace does so much more than just the warmth that a heater can provide.

Firewood is Easy to Store

It is imperative that you store firewood properly, otherwise you will not have firewood to last an entire season. Fortunately, the requirements are simple, keep it at least half a foot off the ground and either in a secure shed or garage. This prevents your firewood from being invaded by pests and moisture.

Firewood Smells Spectacular

What are your favorite smells of fall and winter? Do you love the spicy smell of cinnamon, the aroma of a furnace when it first comes on, the rich bouquet of fall candles, or the sharp flavor of pine sap after you have held a pine cone?

One of our favorite smells of fall and winter is the smell of a stack of firewood brought in from the cold. As the wood warms, the subtle odors of the trees, such as oak, start to warm the room.

Then as the firewood begins to burn, the aroma of the trees mixing with a subtle smoky smell. It isn’t a strong smell, but a smell that reminds us of roasting marshmallows over a summer campfire.

It’s also a smell that reminds us of last winter when we spent time in front of the fireplace just relaxing and enjoying a glass of our favorite wine.

Firewood Provides Peace of Mind

With firewood at the ready, you never have to worry about going without heat. If a power outage knocks out your main heating option, you always have another heat source ready to go.

Firewood Selection is Simple

Not sure what you need? We can help!

Here at Saunders Landscape Supply, we can offer our expert advice in any situation. We have, after all, been supplying the Northern Virginia and Maryland communities with quality firewood, gravel and landscape supplies since 1994. So we know a thing or two about the needs of our customers. All you need to do is ask!

Half Cord or Full Cord?

We get this question all the time, and in reality, the answer is pretty simple. A cord of wood is cut to the length of 16-20 inches (log length) and measures 4 feet deep by 4 feet high by 8 feet long. So depending on how much you need, the answer lies in the amount of each cut.

Visually, the breakdown looks like this:

Cord: 4’x4’x8′; 128 cubic feet stacked in three rows

Half Cord: 4’x4’x4′; 64 cubic feet

Quarter Cord: (1/4) 4’x6’x16″; 32 cubic feet

How Much Do You Need?

This a great question, one that we get on a consistent basis. Of course, you’ll want to be prepared, and there’s nothing wrong with buying too much (you’ll always need it next winter!). Realistically, however, if you are running a fireplace a few times a week, a cord will last the entire winter. On the contrary, if you are heating your entire home, or using a wood-burning stove, you will definitely want at least one cord, plus a little more for security.

Firewood Delivery is Safer

We want to caution individuals about the dangers of chopping their own firewood. In addition to the chances of being injured by the axe or chainsaw, there’s also the possibility that the strain of the physical activity may cause a heart attack, much like snow shoveling. Just ask Andre Lauren Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000, of the rap duo Outkast. He lost his father in a firewood-related incident.

So what causes some people to experience heart attacks while chopping firewood but not others? In a word, it’s inactivity. Experts widely agree that sedentary people are more likely to experience heart attacks when they suddenly become engaged in vigorous activities that tax their cardiovascular system, like chopping wood. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid having that happen.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s experts suggest that people with a history of being inactive should seek out the advice of a trusted physician before engaging in activities like chopping and stacking firewood. That way, the doctor can determine if the person’s cardiovascular system is strong enough for those kinds of workouts. If it’s not, a great alternative is to order firewood and have it delivered FREE.

We sell and deliver firewood for FREE in both Maryland and Northern Virginia, but stacking service is an additional charge. So it is best for inactive individuals to order the firewood and the stacking service.

Once the firewood is delivered FREE and stacked, it’s best to plan ahead. After all, the wood will need to be transported from the stacked piles to the hearth. For that, we’d suggest clearing a path from the stack to the home and investing in a wood cart that’s outfitted with wheels. It will make transporting the logs to the fireplace less taxing.

Are you ready to enjoy the smells of fall and winter, including the smell of wood burning in your fireplace or wood stove? Have you looked at your stack of firewood lately to see if you have enough for the winter weather that is coming soon? Have you inspected your stack of firewood to be sure it is dry wood so it burns efficiently?

If your answers to those questions mean you need more quality firewood, then now is a great time to act. Just  contact us and we will be happy to deliver firewood FREE for your winter needs so you too can enjoy the smells of fall and winter as we will.