How to Wrap Firewood in Bundles
Whether you bundle firewood for sale for for your own personal use, stretch wrap is the most preferred way to bundle your material. Choosing the right wrap is very subjective and there are many options, but the information below should help you determine what will work best for you.
What size stretch wrap do I need?
This is narrow width stretch wrap that comes in widths of 2", 3" and 5". Bundling film is a good choice when you want to keep your firewood vented. It allows you to wrap just the ends, or both ends and the middle, and reduce the possibility of moisture becoming trapped in the wrap.
This is a wider wrap that comes in stock widths of 12", 15" and 18". With the extra width, this can allow for a quicker wrap time and will fit many firewood bundling machines and devices. All of our hand wrap comes on a standard 3" core.
What gauge stretch wrap should I use?
Ultimately, this is a very subjective question, but there are some guidelines that can be used. The typical application for stretch film is holding together boxes of product on a skid weighing typically over 1000lbs, so the wrap has to be able to stretch tightly to hold the load together during the shipping and handling processes. That is not the case with firewood bundling, where the bundles are small, typically moved by hand, and weigh only a few dozen pounds at most.
For these reasons, we recommend our HYBRiD80 Hand Wrap. This hand wrap is thinner and less expensive than a traditional 80-90ga film, but has comparable strength when it comes to holding your bundles together. It has the cling you expect with a standard gauge stretch wrap and will resist the minimal puncture potential presented by firewood.
What are the best tools to use to wrap the firewood?
This is the most common type. The film comes on a 3" core and each case has one plastic plug-in handle. This is a good choice if you have one person doing the wrapping, and they do it sporadically.
Extended Core Handy Wrap Banding Film:
This film comes on a 1" extended core and is available only in 5" widths. The 5" of film is wound on a 10" long core, leaving a 5" long handle built-in to each roll.
With hand wrap, there are a couple of options. One is our Highlight Hand Held Stretch Wrapper. The Eliminator allows you to easily wrap bundles as large as 24" x 24" x 24" and up to 70 lbs and it supports stretch wrap between 10-15" wide.
Another option is the Little Nelson Bundling Film Dispenser, which works on 3" core bundling film between 2" and 6" wide. It is a heavy-duty, ergonomic alternative to the plug-in handles that come with most bundling film. It features a built-in braking mechanism which allows you greater control over how much stretch you want to apply and where.
More info on the dispensers here: www.quickpakinc.com