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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

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Very interesting thread. For those of us who are interested in having a very occasional fire (like maybe a log or two once or twice a month) but not interested in storing a bunch of wood, is anyone aware of an online delivery service? Do any of the grocery chains offer small logs or bundles to be delivered with the regular grocery order?
Bigger Migros and Coop stores have them, leshop.ch and coop@home deliver (don't forget to order kindling as well), as do all of the DIY stores.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

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Very interesting thread. For those of us who are interested in having a very occasional fire (like maybe a log or two once or twice a month) but not interested in storing a bunch of wood, is anyone aware of an online delivery service? Do any of the grocery chains offer small logs or bundles to be delivered with the regular grocery order?
Many petrol stations sell bundles of wood at various sizes.
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Serious, they eat the mountains? How big are these things. This is stuff sci-fi films are made of. The local will be reporting on this soon. Headline. '500Kg termite attacks alpine cows'.
see the horizontal line at the bottom? well, just to get an idea of scale, that is the road leading to ticino. and you can probably just make out a small blue van a few miles along the road from the left side.

on the right side, you'll see the rubble from the mountain the termite just came from. if i'm not mistaken, this photo was taken from the great panic of 1976 when the swiss airforce had to be called in. it's not clear whether the old fighter jets will still be up to the task, hence the debate over spending 5bn to modernise the airforce to deal with future termite attacks.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

If you have space to stock it (back patio etc. where it is off the grass) you are best off buying a stere of wood at a time. Assuming that you will be having a few fires over the fall/winter season. You can cover it with a plastic tarp to keep it dry. This still lets the air circulate.

You will normally see ads in the local newspapers (i.e. La Cote). Price is often with delivery. Delivery is normally dumped on your front parking space. It is up to you to stack it.

If you have an open fireplace, the standard size is 33cm long. If you have a Swedish stove, you sometimes need to go with 25cm long so it fits in. Be sure to specify this.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

What is the current price near La Cote for a year old stere cut into 33cm- just as a matter of interest?

Fir/pine really muck up the pipes and the stove window- we avoid it. Buying small quantities from garage or supermarket costs a fortune!
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

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My guess (based on what we pay) would be about CHF 120-130 delivered/dropped on front drive.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

The communes sell wood, too. It is cheaper than Migros or Coop.
Will save you some money if you need in big quantities.
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Must check current price. We paid 70 for fresh wood (beech and ash) and 90 for 2 year old last year, delivered to our drive.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

We live in Crassier and we normally order our wood by the stair (metre squared) from Frédy Christinet, who lives in Le Vaud. He and his lovely wife deliver the wood and stack it super-neatly for you, amazing considering they must be in their 70s! I can't remember exactly what we pay, but you can order it in different lengths (30 cm or 50 cm) and its great quality wood, well dried out etc. As for the bugs, its inevitable that some creepy crawlies will get into your logpile (they love them) so I suggest just banging the wood pieces really hard on the floor before you bring them inside! Thats what I do, and I am very bug phobic!
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

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Very interesting thread. For those of us who are interested in having a very occasional fire (like maybe a log or two once or twice a month) but not interested in storing a bunch of wood, is anyone aware of an online delivery service? Do any of the grocery chains offer small logs or bundles to be delivered with the regular grocery order?
Landi and Jumbo and Garden centres sell logs. Expensive though. Do not store firewood inside your house, danger of wood worm.
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Re: Best place to buy wood for fire

Now, seriously. To go back to those termites. Can anybody categorically confirm that termites do not exist in Switzerland? For sure?

When we bought this old farmhouse, the first thing we did was to get the integral barn, rafters, etc, checked for any kritters. Despite dating from 1666- the 'new' roof (original 1587) is absolutely sound apart for some minor woodworm- we got the whole lot spray treated x2 to make sure it lasts another 350 years.
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