A stack of firewood.

4 Best Places To Get Free Firewood

Originally contributed by • last updated 4/30/2021


Whether you’re planning to heat your whole house or looking to have the occasional cozy night by the fire, you may be wondering, “Where can I possibly find free firewood near me?” 

You could just buy it, but the cost of firewood can add up pretty quickly. As it turns out, there are plenty of places to get firewood without having to travel too far or pay a lot of — or any — money at all.

Wood is used in pretty much everything, and there are so many instances where people have too much wood or wood that they no longer need and are looking to get rid of.

If you’re looking for ways to be more frugal or less wasteful in your wood collecting then you’re in luck, because there are plenty of ways to do this without breaking the bank and while going about your day-to-day.

Here are four ways to look for and collect firewood for free in your area.


Get Free Firewood From Tree Removals In Your Area

Erwin Voortman

If you live in or near a neighborhood with a lot of mature trees, you may find tree removals happening from time to time throughout the year.

Sometimes a tree is on its last legs, the owner simply doesn’t want the tree in their space, or a storm just happened, but it’s actually fairly common to see trees coming down from time to time.

Ali Kazal

Maybe you're driving along in your car thinking to yourself, “Gee, it would be great if there was free firewood near me!" Then lo and behold, you pass a house with a chopped down tree lying in the yard! 

Good news: Tree removals are great places to get free firewood! Most people want nothing to do with the excess wood once it’s cut down and having it removed and disposed of is an extra cost, so they’re likely to say yes if you ask if you can take the wood scraps. In fact, you’d probably be doing them a favor!

Keep in mind that you most likely won’t find someone cutting down a tree in their yard every single day. It’s better to keep an eye out when you go for your day-to-day outings and look for opportunities as they present themselves.

You’ll also want to make sure to have room in your vehicle in case you find yourself bringing firewood home. The opportunity could present itself at any time, but the best time to look is after a storm, because trees that take damage will be taken down within days. Always be on the lookout!


Check Ads On Craigslist And Facebook For Free Firewood Near You

Okay, so you've driven around your whole town but no one has been polite enough to chop down a tree for you. Now you're scrolling through the internet typing, “Please, please, please, Google, just tell me where I can get free firewood near me."

Well, you're in luck! Websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist often post online listings for free firewood in your area. 

If people have removed trees from their property or have leftover wood from renovation and DIY projects, they may be trying to get rid of it online! They usually post ads for local pickup, and because they’re literally giving it away, more often than not they won’t charge a dime!

You can also post your own ad as someone looking to get free or cheap firewood near you. Just as you’d be responding to ads looking to get rid of extra wood, there will be people looking for these ads to find people to give away whatever wood they don’t need.

Clem Onojeghuo

If you’re lucky, you may even be able to get them to drop it off to you. But be prepared to transport that firewood yourself just in case and make sure you have access to a vehicle that can carry it.

You may also see ads for scrap pallets that people are just giving away. These also provide an excellent opportunity to get free firewood near you.


Free Leftover Pallets In Local Stores

Max Lakutin

Many stores get their produce delivered on pallets and then have no use for them afterward. They oftentimes quite literally try to give them away, so they’re open to people coming in to take them. Since pallets are made of wood and are easy to break down, they are a perfect way to get free firewood.

Don’t be afraid to call your local hardware and grocery stores. Since they have no use for the pallets after the products have been delivered and unloaded, they’re more than likely happy to get rid of the extra wood. It doesn’t cost them anything, so you’ll be doing them a favor, and you’ll get plenty of free firewood too.

One thing to keep in mind is that pallets contain nails and screws to keep them intact, so make sure you either remove those or cut them out before you burn the wood.

Also keep a look out for any pallets that have been treated or stained, because they’ll release chemicals that are toxic when inhaled. So, make sure that whatever pallets you’re picking up are made of plain, untreated wood.


Construction Sites Have Leftover Wood Too

Barthelemy de Mazenod

Construction of all kinds is happening constantly, so there’s a good chance something is being built or renovated near you at any given time. This is actually an excellent place to get free firewood in your area.

Because lumber is such a large part of construction, they’re bound to use a lot of it – and have a lot of it left over too. A lot of the time the leftover wood will just be hauled off and disposed of, along with the rest of the scrap materials, so they’re usually pretty okay with people coming in to reclaim some of it.

Just like with tree removals, you’ll need to be on the lookout for construction sites. If you happen to see construction happening near you, think of it as a chance to get some free firewood.

Make sure you ask permission, since it would probably be frowned upon to show up and start scavenging wood unannounced, but more times than not the workers will say yes and let you go on about your day with a score of newly found firewood.

Just like the pallets, make sure anything you plan to burn isn’t treated or stained. Safety first! 

Now that we've given you a few ideas, next time you find yourself sitting inside with cold fingers and toes looking forlornly at an empty wood stove, don't think, “Agh, I wish I could find free firewood.” Think, “Hey! I know exactly where I can find free firewood. In fact, I already stocked up and have it ready right here!” And then place your stacks of wood into the stove and nestle back into a cocoon of warmth and success.