In our neck of the woods there are many homeowners who heat with wood. Most of them have big wood heaters in the basement that they will keep going day and night. We don’t have the big heater, but we did have a wood heater with the glass door installed into the big open fireplace in the living room so we can have a fire in the evenings.
We aren’t loggers, we don’t own a chain saw, and we don’t have a 4×4 truck, so we go and get dead fall from an old logging road. Somewhere we can safely drive and park. Some of those roads are pretty narrow and carved up without any shoulders to drive or park on. You have to look for areas that are solid or have been used by others.
Another source of wood is with the many orchard owners who prune their trees and all of that will just go on a big burn pile. Sometimes, if you know someone, you can get in the orchard and gather some of the bigger limbs before they burn it all.
And of course, there is always the option of buying your firewood. It is a steady business around here with loggers working during the dry months and selling their cords right when we need it. The trick is to find someone who is selling last years wood and not this year as it would be too green to burn properly.