Well, it looks like winter has set in here in Wisconsin… only took until the 1st week of December. And here in the southern part of the state, we are still waiting on snowfall. “Up North”, I hear tell they got several inches last night. And now, your customers are starting to think about ordering wood.
After a couple soft winters, it’s about time. And if you believe the weatherman, we should be in for a good one. Which means everyone (hopefully) will sell out of all their seasoned wood and clear the lot before the weather breaks.
Depending on the size of your operation and checkbook, you have probably at least looked at kilns – while we don’t build them, many of our customers tell us about theirs. When winters are rough, the “seasoned” wood guys often complain about running out of wood early in the season and not being able to service their customers. The kiln owners never have that issue – in fact, they can schedule when their wood will be ready and therefore schedule their deliveries, etc. They are not forced into selling green wood to people that need “something” to burn.
Why am I telling you this? A mechanic can only be as good as his toolbox – if you have the right tools, work goes faster, smoother, and saves you time and money. Like your processor, a kiln (or chainsaw, tractor, skidsteer, etc) can be an important addition to your toolbox. I’m not suggesting drop everything and go buy a kiln – just saying (like with all equipment), consider all your options as you look at opportunities to improve your bottom line.
With that, I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas! Your Multitek/Wood Beaver crew wishes you all the best the season has to offer – and a cold and snowy winter!
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