How to Bundle Small Bundles of Firewood

How to Bundle Small Bundles of FirewoodWhen it comes to bundling firewood, the first question you have to ask yourself is what is your primary goal? Do you want to sell firewood bundles or are you bundling the wood for your own personal use (i.e. camping trips)? How this question is answered will directly affect how much time and money you want to invest in bundling firewood.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shrink wrap
  • Wire
Step 1
Consider the length of the firewood pieces. Firewood that is cut with a consistent length results in bundles that are uniform in length and tight, therefore easier to manage. The most common way to bundle firewood is with shrink wrap; therefore the firewood that you cut should directly coincide with the width of the shrink wrap. A good benchmark for firewood length is 12 to 14 inches, which can be easily measured using the length of your chainsaw blade.
Step 2
Purchase shrink wrap at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe's or a hardware store of your choice. A 12-inch or 24-inch x 1,000-foot shrink wrap roll will cost around $42 to $45 and one roll will bundle approximately one cord of firewood, which is equivalent to 230 to 245 bundles.
Step 3
Purchase a shrink wrap product with the cardboard rod included; this will support the shrink wrap roll while dispensing. Once you have purchased this type of shrink wrap, secure the shrink wrap roller to a stationary shop bench or other secure base that allows the wrap to freely roll to wrap the firewood. Wire can be used as hangers on each end of the shrink wrap roll to support it while dispensing. If you have the luxury of having a second person to hold the shrink wrap while you wrap the firewood, it will be easier. Using this method, take one piece of firewood and wrap the shrink wrap completely around the first piece; this will be your anchor. Once you have wrapped the first piece of firewood, place five to seven pieces on the wrap and bring the anchor around to meet the dispensed wrap and cut 12 to 24 inches of excess wrap so that it complexly encompasses the anchor piece and a portion of the other firewood. While completing the wrap, stretch the wrap tight and secure the free end to the bundle so that you have a tight firewood bundle.

In the event you want to make a cheap free-standing bundler, there are plans that you can purchase online for as little as $6. A quick search on eBay yields plenty of ideas and plans for a home firewood bundler.
Step 4
Create a wood-bundling business, if you wish, by purchasing a commercial firewood bundle machine. They range in cost from $750 to $1,200. Depending on your region, firewood bundles can be sold from $3 to $9, which is a good return on your investment should you want to sell your firewood bundles.

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