A firewood bundler is a tool used to package split firewood into small, portable bundles.
The size of the bundles typically range from .75 to 1 cubic feet which is about 7 to 9 pieces of split wood depending on their size.
The bundles are popular at campgrounds, convenient stores and local markets.
Customers enjoy them because they contain dry seasoned firewood that creates a nice, easy to light fire.
Manufactures like them because the bundled firewood sells for around $3 to $9 a bundle depending on the location.
Compared to other firewood that's not bundled, it can bring in 2, 3, or even 4 times as much profit.
To bundle the wood you have a few options.
Binder twine, rope or plastic strapping can be used but the serious distributors choose plastic wrap to bundle the wood.
The plastic wrap is fairly inexpensive and creates a tight waterproof barrier around the wood.
The wood stays secured inside the plastic wrap while keeping the ends of the wood exposed, allowing any unwanted moisture to escape.
The precut wood is loaded into the machines brackets.
Most machines have removable brackets that allow you determine the size of the bundle.
Once loaded on the machine, a hand crank or optional motor is used to wind plastic wrap around the stack of wood creating a bundle.
To help promote your business, wrap the wood a couple of times, insert your flyer and wrap the wood a few times again.
The bundles are easy to create and the machines can produce around 45 bundles per hour with a single operator.
Some of the larger machines can produce even more with the help from additional people.
The results....securely bundled firewood that's protected from unwanted moisture and it can easily be distributed to local retailers.
If you’re trying to run a firewood processing business, you'll want to invest in a firewood bundler.
These products are much faster than bundling firewood by hand - many of the best firewood bundlers can wrap your firewood in just 12 to 15 seconds (plus a few more seconds for loading and unloading).
Using a firewood bundler allows you to determine how large the bundles are.
This makes it easier for you to market and price your products, and it’s much faster than bagging.
While you can make a DIY firewood bundler so that you can bundle your firewood using string - something we’ll tell you more about below - using a firewood bundler machine is much faster and cleaner.
Your finished product will look
cleaner and stay organized better than the alternative.
Not only that, but when you tie together an open-ended bundle using a firewood bundler, the bundles will remain open-ended.
This will enable the wood to dry more easily when placed into storage.
While there are thousands of firewood bundlers you can choose from, we like these as our top three picks.
Located in Mora, Minnesota, Twister Industries is the original manufacturer of the Twister Wood Wrapper and is a leader in the industry.
Established in 1992, Twister industries also manufactures firewood conveyors, splitters and other processing equipment for firewood.
The Twister firewood bundler is so popular, many other manufactures have replicated its amazing design.
This bundler is designed to be affordable and efficient by allowing you the option to bundle 3/4, 1 and 1.25 cubic foot sized bundles depending on the model you select.
This variety of bundling options makes it perfect for campgrounds, convenient stores and other places where you would want to bundle and sell your own firewood.
The all steel construction offers long term reliability that can last for decades.
If you're looking to start your own firewood business, or simply make a few extra dollars in the bundled firewood market, you can't go wrong with Twister Industries.
This firewood bundler will enable you to tie bundles up to 24 inches long.
Just one cord can become 128 bundles of one cubic foot.
It bundles firewood in less than 15 seconds and is a great way to put together bundles of wood for your business.
Plus, it has a foot control switch for easy operation.
This firewood bundler by Hud-Son uses a standard 11” wrap to bundle firewood in lengths of 14” to 24”.
It comes with wheels to make it easier to move around your worksite and has a hand crank to let you get started quickly.
You can also make your own firewood bundler, although this is a better option for people who are bundling firewood for their own homes (rather than those who intend to sell their firewood to others).
To do this, you’ll just need a few 2x4 boards and some wood screws.
This will make it possible for you to hold a few pieces of wood in position while you attach cords.
To make it, position two 2x4 boards (18 inches long) and two additional 2x4 boards (14 inches long) into a square shape.
Drill a couple of holes into the corners of your box, making sure that the holes are a little bit more narrow than the wood screws.
Put the box together with wood screws, inserting two into every corner. Then, position an 18-inch 2x4 upright inside each corner of your box.
additional pilot holes through each corner, going into the upright boards, then
screw each board to the base using three 2 ½ inch wood screws.
It should look like an upside-down table.
Next, you’ll cut three pieces of cord to about four feet and draw them across the bundler with equal amounts on either side.
Put your firewood into the bundler, running perpendicular to your cords, until your bundler is full and the legs of the bundler hold the firewood in place.
Secure the cords around the firewood and remove the firewood from the bundler. That’s all there is to it!
Again, this DIY firewood bundler is best for small amounts of firewood for home use - but it’s a cost-effective alternative to buying a firewood bundler.
The opportunity to sell pre-packaged firewood is increasing due to the threat of spreading invasive bugs that live within firewood.
For example, the emerald ash borer has caused many states to ban or prohibit moving firewood.
What does this mean?
If you live near a campground it's a great way to sell your small pre-packaged bundles because just about everyone buys firewood once they arrive near their location.
Want even more business, talk to local campgrounds to see if you can be the sole provider for their bundles of firewood.
Offer them a small commission per bundle and you will be selling firewood in no time!
If you want to increase the amount of firewood you sell and create a "niche product" that appeals to many consumers, consider one of these machines.....the results might surprise you!