ASAP Tree Service in Ringgold loads firewood daily for distribution

ASAP Tree Service in Ringgold loads firewood daily for distribution

January 16th, 2013 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

Thoughts of sitting around a campfire or by a wood burning stove or fireplace can help to warm up cold winter nights. ASAP Tree Service in Ringgold loads trucks daily with firewood ready to be distributed to help turn those thoughts into reality.

The growing demand for firewood in the winter keeps owner Craig Burchfield and his crew hopping. With the professional tree-cutting service's 10 chain saws, his crew can easily handle even customers' big tree-cutting jobs quickly.

ASAP Tree Service general manager Bob Gentry, left, and owner Craig Burchfield prepare to load more firewood into a truck for distribution at the business, located at 1999 Dietz Road in Ringgold.

Photo by Katie Ward Hamilton

"We sell the trees for firewood and the mulch too," said Burchfield. "When one person cuts the limbs, two more grab the limbs off the ground to chip them. Then we cut the tree down and grind up the stump. We leave the yard and landscape nice."

A mound of mulch 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide sits on his family's 20 acres of property that abuts his home-based business, ready to be loaded for those in need of landscaping material. Burchfield said he built a privacy fence behind his home at 1999 Dietz Road to hold firewood, trucks and a loader. He said he tries to maintain a clean area for his business with minimal noise, but people can stop by to purchase firewood during daylight hours Monday-Friday.

"I sell oak, maple and hickory firewood," said Burchfield, adding that the Barbecue Shack in Fort Oglethorpe purchases a lot of his hickory wood for cooking purposes. "From now until April a lot of firewood will be sold."

He said ASAP strives to recycle, reduce and reuse through finding a new use for the wood.

"We all work hard, it's in our blood," said Burchfield. "I start working at 8 a.m. and finish by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday."