Now is a great time of year to stock-up on, process, and begin seasoning firewood for the 2015 – 2016 winter season! 

Wayne’s having a September sale! During the month of September 2014, customers who order ten cords of firewood of any type: rounds, split, or logs, get $100 off the total price of their orders!

If you’d like to order ten cords now and pay at PFD time, you’re welcome to do so!

All cords sold by Wayne come with his full-cord and customer satisfaction guarantees (click here to read more about these, if you’d like), and free delivery in the Fairbanks North Star Borough (more information about pricing, ordering, and delivering can be found by clicking here)!

To Place an Order Give Wayne a Call or Send Him a Message at:

488-WHWC (9492) or WayneHuntertheWoodCutter@yahoo.com

Wayne and One of His Five-Cord Log Truck Loads (Cost per Truck Load $975)

Wayne, after a Hard Day’s Work in the Woods, and One of His Five-Cord Log Truck Loads (Price $975.00 for Five Guaranteed Cords)

WHtheWC Round Firewood Pieces

WHtheWC Round Firewood Pieces (Price $250.00 per Guaranteed Cord)

Approximately Four Cords of Wayne's Green, Split Birch Firewood

Approximately Four Cords of Wayne’s Green, Split Birch Firewood (Price: $300.00 per Guaranteed Cord)

Wayne Working the Night Shift

Wayne Working the Night Shift

        Did you know that Wayne is a full-time woodsman? Selling firewood isn’t a sideline for him or a part-time business, it is his profession. He works nearly everyday, in a variety of ways, to excel in his profession, and we hope that it shows. 

        Wayne works in Interior Alaskan boreal forests, personally skidding, loading, and doing some cutting six days a week, most every week. He personally delivers each order of firewood he receives. He also works with our local and state foresters to do all he can to not only maintain, but improve the health of the forests he works in. That takes study, implementation of what he’s learned, and good old-fashioned work.

        Wayne also tries his best to keep up with the latest studies and issues related to firewood in Interior Alaska, and to pass this information on to his customers and those seeking this information.

        Wayne works the way he does because it is important:

  • For his customers, he knows that being able to heat one’s home during an Interior Alaskan winter is a matter of literal survival in this great land. Being able to afford to do so is essential to a family’s financial health and well-being.
  • Keeping our forests in the best shape for today and generations to come is essential to our, our children’s, and our children’s children’s well-being.
  • In addition to providing a necessary item for his customers, and providing for the health of our forests, he is providing for his family by doing what comes naturally to him (he’s a second generation woodsman).
  • Giving his all to his profession gives him riches of the heart and mind that are priceless; being surrounded by wildlife and the beautiful forests, and knowing that he’s helping them out, and getting to know his wonderful customers – there are blessings that come with doing these things that can’t be measured.
  • All of these things give Wayne satisfaction in not only the job he’s doing, but why he’s doing it, and who he’s doing it for; it’s for all of us: his customers, his family, himself, and all Interior Alaskans in this and future generations.

        If you’re considering purchasing firewood, we ask that you keep Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter in mind. Selling firewood isn’t just a business to him, it is a way to make not just a living, but to make a life worth living now and in the generations to come. 

        Thank you for visiting this website! 

 

Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is glad to participate in our local radio station's (KFAR AM 660) 2014 back-to-school safety campaign!

Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is glad to participate in our local radio station’s (KFAR AM 660) 2014 back-to-school safety campaign!

        We owe a heartfelt thank you to our customers . It is because of you that this fall Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is able to do two things for our FNSB and Armed Forces communities that are dear to Wayne’s heart. He is able to participate in KFAR’s back-to-school safety radio campaign, which is scheduled to air next week. He is also able to participate in our local Home Town Heroes project (click here to visit their website, if you’d like) at Big Daddy’s BBQ and Arctic Bowl in Fairbanks. As a veteran, and as the husband of a woman whose dad made his living as a public school bus mechanic (who worked his way up to become the director of pupil transportation in his county), these things mean a lot to him, for he knows how much they mean to, and how they effect the lives of, others. Thank you, from our hearts. You are the most wonderful customers a wood cutter could have!

Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of our local 2014 Home Town Heroes project at Big Daddy's BBQ and Arctic Bowl in Fairbanks.

Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of our local 2014 Home Town Heroes project at Big Daddy’s BBQ and Arctic Bowl in Fairbanks.

        It can be a very worthy thing to teach children to help with processing firewood. However, as with other rewarding things in life, there are risks involved and dangers to consider.

        Many of Wayne’s customers, and Wayne himself, have their children build character (and muscles!) by teaching them to safely handle firewood. Whether it’s by sawing, splitting, stacking, carrying it into the house, or building or tending to the fire, children learn a lot about Alaskan home life by helping with age and developmentally-appropriate firewood chores.

A Little Girl Carrying a Piece of Firewood

        It’s probably a given that most parents realize that firewood chores – every one of them – come with potential risks. Burns, cuts, splinters, falls in or onto woodpiles, and firewood pile collapses are just a few. The most important thing to realize is that many firewood accidents involving children can be prevented.

        The only way to apply the protection afforded by prevention is to teach our children how to be safe and to supervise them until they are of the age, understanding, and full-ability to work unsupervised. Listed below are a few things that might help parents, along with their good common sense and knowing their children as no one else on earth does, keep their children safe while helping out with wood chores:

  • Accidents can happen to anyone, anytime, when safety measures aren’t followed (and even sometimes when they are). For example, the photo below is of a seventeen-year old young man’s leg, taken while he was in a local emergency room, after he had just had two sets of stitches placed: one in the deep muscle, and those you see through the skin. He had been told by his father to never use a splitting maul in an effort to remove, by striking, another splitting maul that was stuck in a piece of wood. The young man was in a hurry to get his firewood  work done, did what his father had told him not to with splitting mauls, and got his leg cut deeply by a piece of splitting maul metal that flew through the air, through the leg of his work pants, and across the calf of his leg.
An Accident with a Wood Splitting Maul that Caused the Need for Stitches

An Accident with a Wood Splitting Maul that Caused the Need for Stitches

  • Log and firewood piles are dangerous. They can fall on a person and cause serious injury and even death. They are not to play on. A child can get his foot caught, try to get it loose, and get injured or crushed by the firewood. Logs are best handled by adults. Children who are not old enough nor developmentally-able enough to be left safely around a pile of logs or firewood, should not be left alone near such piles at or for any amount of time.
  • Splinters happen and can be serious. Proper wood handling gloves usually take care of this risk with hands. Long sleeves and layered shirts, jackets, dungarees, socks, and sturdy work shoes are often helpful in preventing splinters in the spring, fall, and summer. Winter gear (snow pants or overalls, coat, boots, gloves, hats, etc.) help lower the risk of splinters in the winter.
  • Pieces of sawdust, splinters, wood pieces, dirt, and more can get into the eyes of those working around firewood. Appropriate eye protection usually prevents this.
A Wonderful Customer and His Son Processing Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter Firewood Logs - Way to Go, Dad, on Taking Such Great Safety Precautions!

A Wonderful Customer and His Son Processing Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter Firewood Logs – Way to Go, Dad, on Taking Such Great Safety Precautions!

  • Saw (arborist) pants and chaps are available locally and worth investing in by those who plan to use a chainsaw a lot.
  • Chainsaws, mauls, axes, splitters, and other tools and machinery to process firewood come with warnings about what ages are considered safe to use the product. It’s a great idea to take these warnings seriously. Though a teen may be built like an adult, he or she likely lacks the full development of an adult, possibly making the use of the product a real risk to his or her safety.
  • Don’t throw firewood carelessly. You can imagine what can happen to another by doing so.
  • Don’t run, play, or roughhouse around woodpiles. Some years ago our two oldest sons, who were old enough to be out by the wood pile unattended, were carrying in firewood. As things with children often go, one boy hit the other with a snowball – and accidentally caused him to fall into the woodpile resulting in a bloody nose!
  • Watch out for the temperature. Children can get overheated, frostbit, sunburned, and or dehydrated while doing wood chores. Being dressed appropriately for each season, having water on hand, and using sunscreen can help. It’s also important for children to take breaks if they are going to be working a few hours or more.

This list is not extensive, but might help get parents thinking about what they can do to prevent firewood chore injuries.

        Preparing for, and getting through, an Interior Alaskan winter together, as a family, is often a very bonding, beneficial thing. Doing it safely, talking about safety issues while working together, and teaching our children how to get along safely in this beautifully wild place makes the bonds that much stronger.

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