How to Get Free Firewood

How to Get Free Firewood

We’ll be heating our weekend homestead with two wood stoves, and that means we’re going to need plenty of firewood. We plan to harvest fallen trees from the property, but we’ll also be getting firewood from our favorite store: Curb Mart

Since our town has large trash pick up, people don’t haul trees off when they cut them down; they just pile them up at the curb, and wait for the trash truck to get them. That’s great news, if you’re a curb shopper with a wood stove and a way to haul firewood.

Spring is the best time to “shop” for firewood, since people tend to be focused on cleaning up their yards, but really you can find free firewood anytime of the year.

Living in a suburban town as we do, people frequently cut the wood into fireplace-size logs before putting it at the curb. Maybe they think it looks neater that way? Perhaps it’s so it’ll be easier to carry? I don’t know, but if they want to take care of that chore for me, I’m all for it. Heck, if you’d like to split the wood too, that’s fine by me. Just leaves me more time for curb shopping.

Wood Pallets

If you’re going to get your firewood at Curb Mart, I also recommend picking up wood pallets. They’re usually made out of hardwood to stand up to the weight of the items being shipped on them, so they burn beautifully. Just cut them up, and toss them in the fire. There’s no need to season them first.

Pallets Cut Up for Firewood

Just be sure to look for the “HT” marking on pallets; it’s an indication that they’ve been heat-treated (aka kiln-dried). You don’t want to burn any that have been pressure-treated. They’ll have an MB on them, which stands for Methyl Bromide.

Do you have other sources for free firewood? I’d love to hear about them.

Free Plants – You Dig

I was going over the garage sale listings this morning, when this classified ad caught my eye:

Calling all gardeners! I am a Master Gardener and am giving away (FREE) all the plants in my entire backyard, hundreds of plants. You must dig.

Needless to say my yard sale plans went out the window. I called the number in the ad, and made plans to go right over.

True to the ad, she had hundreds – if not thousands – of plants. She explained that she’d had spinal surgery in December, and wasn’t able to garden any more. So, she was passing her plants on to people who would enjoy them.

She walked us through her garden, and pointed out all sorts of things for us to dig up, including many antique and rare plants.

Free Plants

These pictures don’t even begin to do justice to what we brought home.

Free Plant Divisions

I tried to keep up with the names of everything, but it got hard after a while. So, one of our friends who has a masters degree in horticulture is going to come by tomorrow to help us identify everything.

Free Perennials

Here are some of the things that I know we got:

  • Corydalis
  • Perennial Begonia
  • Feverfew
  • Bee Balm (three different colors)
  • Japanese Aster
  • Obedient
  • Aster
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Campanula
  • Arum, Tropical
  • Perennial Ageratum
  • Irises (white)
  • Peppermint

I planted a few of the things that I was familiar with, and I’ll plant the rest tomorrow after I have a firm handle on what I have and where best to plant it.

Pretty amazing haul, don’t you think? And, if you can believe it, she asked us to come back for more another day. I think we’ll have to put together a basket of goodies for her as a thank you.

Attend Free Movie Screenings

Attend Free Movie Screenings

Last night my husband and I attended a free screening of Delivery Man, a hilarious new movie that will be in theatres November 22. We aren’t rich or famous and we don’t know the right people, so how did we snag tickets to a movie that isn’t even out yet? We just signed up with a few websites.

Want all the details, so you can do it too? Here they are: Movie studios sometimes set up advanced screenings of their new movies to build hype. These screenings usually occur in major cities (but not always). Then, they give the tickets away. Some of them go to newspaper journalists and other media types, so they can review the movie, but a good number of them go to regular moviegoers like you and me. They’re posted on one of a handful of websites, and if you’re signed up with these sites, you get a notification whenever tickets are available.

Earlier this week, I received an e-mail that there were tickets available to a screening of Delivery Man in my area. I clicked over to the site; signed in; and quickly snagged two. Then, I printed my ticket, and called the grandparents to babysit. Easy enough.

Our ticket said to show up early, since they often overbook, so we arrived at 6:30 for a 7:00 showing. They had a table set up for the screening, and quickly marked us off a list. No standing in a ticket line or forking over an obscene sum for tickets. The theatre was pretty packed, so I was glad we took their advice about arriving early.

The movie was piped in via satellite (kinda cool), and before it started, Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt did a live introduction of the movie (very cool). Then, it was just like any other night at the movies.

So what are the websites already? To increase your chances of getting tickets, I recommend signing up for all of these: