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This is a popular one.

In the lean, cold months, you can get a permit to go onto forest land and cut wood.  And some folks sell it. 

Anybody know what the criteria is? 

 
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First off,you gotta be crazy.2-gotta love breathing in 2cycle smoke all day and smelling like a refinery.3-gotta love doing something dangerous withou health insurance4-gotta have a good sales pitch for your fresh cut..ehem..`cured`product4-gotta drink alot of beer and know how to throw the cans.I relize thats not a reqirement but if you take up this job you will understand.4-gotta love dealing with people who think your gonna rip em off and look condesendingly at you knowing they make far more per hr.then you.Do yourself a favor and do in home care.You will make more and live alot longer .SARcasm aside,I sold 10cords of maple this fall.Didnt plan to,just in the way and have too much.Didnt have to commute,but didnt pay much(120$cordUhaul)considering all the various expences.Didnt have much else goin on at the time and was snowed in anyway.Last resort for me!
 
                    
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I havent done this since 2002, but it was $10 for a permit to haul out a truckload of wood from the gifford pinchot. in fact, $10 per truckload of firewood or floral greens, rocks or soil, whatever. Gathered alot of lava rock. we could not cut live trees, only dead standing or dead falls, and I think there was a 24" d maximum sizelimit- some good reasoning about fire control by woody debris removal- historically it would have burned from many areas regularly, with frequent low intensity fires. with fire suppression, fuel builds up, so that when it does go its catastrophic. so firewood permits help keep that in check.

there werent any 'requirements" beyond the $10 permit. that and meeting Mt.goat's requirements should do it.

I posted in the lumber thread a few more thoughts about firewood. frankly, its far more sensible ttrr spend another 200 bucks and get an alsakan mill, 350 get a good 3/4 to 1" bandsaw, and make a table then slab up beams and posts, make 1" boards, whatever. value added - triple the time of making firewood for 15x the returns.

it pays for the beer.
 
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Deston, can you provide more details on who's selling these at $200? The only portable mills I've seen are several thousand dollars.
 
                                
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I think the "Alaskan" mill is a guide that clamps on your bar. Here in zone 6 TN, we can't sell much wood after the first of the year. Seems folks want it in the fall, or not at all.
 
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