During our scramble to come up with enough firewood for winter, someone gave me the best tip ever, when they suggested that we call the city maintenance dept and inquire what they do with trees they cut down. It turns out that the city has a wood dump of sorts where they keep the trees downed by storms, trees cut from right of ways, ect... We were told that we could take all we wanted. We cleaned out the van and gassed up the chainsaw, and headed south to the city yard. I was anticipating a pile we could pick thru and maybe get a few pieces of decent wood. I just about sh*t my pants when we arrived at the mountain of firewood that awaited us. I cant estimate how much wood there was, maybe thousands of cords. All different of kinds and sizes, from apple trees a few inches across to elm 30 inches diameter to behemoths I wouldnt be able to touch with my 20" saw. Maple, apple, elm, walnut, cedar, cottonwood, you name it, it was there. All free for the taking. We took four loads (estimated 4-6 cords) already, and will be back next week, and the week after, and the week after for as much as we can haul off before winter. We heat solely with wood, and at $175 a cord, this bonanza just saved us a lot of headaches and money. If you have a town or city near you, look into this.