Fessenden Firewood         (510) 236-4789

686 South 30th Street

Richmond CA 94804

 

A Warm Welcome

 

 

October 1, 2017


Hello everybody!  


This is my favorite time of the year --- early fall, with great weather, yet a hint of autumn is in the air.  And this is the time for firewood users to purchase firewood for the upcoming winter season.  It is better for everyone –buyers and sellers alike, if wood is delivered before the rains come.  Seems like the most obvious statement anyone could make, yet it is always a surprise to me that so many people wait until after the first big rainstorm to call us.  Human nature, I suppose.  We tarp the wood we store in our yard, but still when the atmospheric river events occur it is next to impossible to keep the wood dry.  The almond and oak firewood that we sell doesn’t absorb water, so even after heavy rains the wood will still burn nicely.  But stacking wood in the rain isn’t much fun.  And neither is loading our delivery trucks, or driving local freeways when the weather is bad, for that matter.  Better for everybody to purchase wood while the weather is still nice.

 

For new customers, I have posted this year’s newsletter on this website. I recommend that you read it. However, basic information regarding our pricing and the types of wood we sell can be found here.

  

Current prices:

Oak/Almond mix ---

½ cord --$250    1 cord -- $415

Oak/Walnut or Almond/Walnut mix --- 
½ cord --$240       1 cord-- $395

Most customers buy a mix of oak and almond; both are excellent hardwoods, burn like hardwoods burn, meaning hot and slow. 

The main advantage of the mix is that the almond pieces tend to be smaller, so there is a nice mix of sizes with the oak-almond mix. For those that prefer all oak or all almond, the price is the same. Walnut is also a hardwood, but it does burn faster. It works well as a starter wood, as it provides a quick hot fire.

Many firewood users are unclear on how a cord is actually measured. This is important information, because if you don’t receive all of your wood, you’re not getting full value for what you paid. Wood today is usually sold in 16” lengths, and Fessenden Firewood sells mostly 16” lengths.  

A 1/2 cord is 64 cu. ft., which with 16’ length pieces makes a single row 12 ft. long and 4 ft. high.

A cord is double that (obviously). That would be two rows, each 4 ft. high and 12 ft. long, or a single row 4 ft. high and 24 ft. long. That’s quite a bit of wood! For more information on cord measurement please click on our “cord measurement” page.

We sell primarily the oak-almond mix, because almond is a smaller tree and the pieces tend to be smaller. So with the mix of the two woods there is also a nice mix of sizes. Both woods are classic hardwoods, meaning that they burn hot and slow.

Many customers prefer smaller pieces, and for these customers we have a resplitting service. For this service, we split every piece down to 2-3” in diameter. The charge for this is $15 per quarter cord. Our regular wood is approximately 90% split and 10% rounds with the size varying from from 3-7” in diameter.  

Those who need their wood stacked must tell us when the order is placed so we can send a helper with the driver. There is an additional fee for stacking.

We deliver Tues. through Sat. We give two hour time intervals for delivery, between 8:00 AM and 4:00PM. For example, you can receive your wood between 9-11 in the AM, or 1-3 in the PM, at your convenience.

We deliver firewood throughout the North and East Bay, including (but not limited to), Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Walnut Creek, Concord, El Cerrito, Hercules and Rodeo. We deliver to all of Marin Co and San Francisco, and to the northern Peninsula.

Delivery charges are as follows:

Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda ---$10 delivery charge

San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Hayward ---$15 delivery charge

Union City, Fremont, Pleasanton, Dublin ---$25 delivery charge

Contra Costa County:          

El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, Crockett, El Sobrante --- 

$10 delivery charge

Walnut Creek, Concord, Alamo, Danville, Orinda, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Pacheco, Moraga --- $15 delivery charge

Clayton, San Ramon, Pittsburg, Antioch, Blackhawk, Diablo --- 

$20 delivery charge

Solano County:

Vallejo, Benicia, delivery charge of $15.|

Marin County:

Sausalito, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Kentfield, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Novato ---$15 delivery charge.

Muir Beach, Woodacre, San Geranimo, Lagunitas---$20 delivery charge

Inverness, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes -- $30 delivery charge

San Francisco is $30

Peninsula orders vary from $30 to $50  

Please phone in your orders at 510-236-4789. You’ll probably talk to Chris; she’s fun and friendly and can answer all your questions. The newsletter that I’ve posted and the article on woodsmoke have good information also, and questions you might have might well be answered by reading them. Finally, it has been posted that we have two firewood yards, but this is not true!!  There is no yard in Berkeley. Our one and only firewood yard is in Richmond. People have been asking about our Berkeley yard, and it doesn’t exist!!

Thanks so much and stay warm, 

Bruce and Chris Fessenden

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