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December 2023

Firewood Review: White Birch Bundles by Eco Forest

White Birch Bundles by Eco Forest
Bigger bundles than what you find at the grocery or convenience store

In the winter months, having that cozy fire for warmth and ambiance is a nice thing to have.   For those with wood-burning fireplaces, having a cord of wood on hand to fuel those fires is ideal for homeowners who have the space, but a cord of wood around isn't always practical for apartment dwellers. 

A cord of wood isn't cheap either, the average price for a cord of good firewood is about $300, but you can pay up to $700 depending on the type of wood, plus delivery and stacking fees.  You can get a cord of wood for as little as $150, but it's not necessarily going to be dried, pest-free, and you'll likely have to pick it up yourself.

White Birch
Two bundles of wood

A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet.  Think a pile of stacked wood, 8 feet long, by 4 feet high, and 4 feet wide.  That's not something an apartment dweller can do, and many elderly folks might not be into the chore of gathering, cutting, splitting, and stacking a supply of wood.

Enter White Birch Bundles by Eco Forest

Ideal for an apartment setting, smaller-sized fireplaces, or for those who simply don't have fires all that often, buying wood by the bundle is perhaps the most practical thing to do.  The Eco Forest product is white birch that comes in a 0.6 cubic foot bundle.  It's kiln dried, nicely split, and the bark is a great fire starter making it very easy to light.  Birch burns well, but it does burn faster than other woods, so you may want to consider mixing the types of wood bundles you buy, to include some longer and hotter burning wood such as hickory or oak.

Tag Details
Kiln dried, easy to light, pest free

White Birch Bundles by Eco Forest are available at Lowe's for $11.99 each and I'm giving the product 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  You get a lot of wood for the money and it's easy to light, but I wouldn't recommend it as a primary wood source or long-burning fires.  These are nice to have on hand for a cozy fire on date night, but heating your home, no.  Compare that price to those small bundles of wood from the mainstream grocery store or convenience store, about 4 or 5 little logs for about $5. 

The Lowe's visited on this occasion is located at 11959 E Kellogg Dr S, Wichita, KS 67207.  The wood is stacked and available on pallets outside near the main entrance.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike



New job opportunities with Sedgwick County, 12/31/2023

Sedgwick County LogoJobs
Adult Integrated Care Specialist Team Supervisor - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Mobile Crisis ICS III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Integrated Care Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Lead Disease Intervention Specialist - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Intensive Supervision Officer I - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Adult Field based ICS II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
WIC Registered Dietitian - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Clinician - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Mobile Crisis Clinician - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Building Maintenance Worker II - FACILITIES MAINTENANCE - Wichita, KS, US

Davis-Moore Auto Group - Wichita

Davis-Moore Auto GroupDavis-Moore Auto Group provides automotive sales, service and parts - In Wichita we operate Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, FIAT, Mazda, and Ram dealerships as well as the Clint Bowyer Autoplex, which operates Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Toyota dealerships in Emporia, Kansas. We have a large selection of top quality new and used vehicles in stock. The Davis-Moore mission is that all dealership personnel will treat every person as a potential lifetime customer, communicating a professional image that embraces honesty and concern for customers' wants and needs.

At Davis-Moore customer satisfaction is our top priority. We have five new car locations and a dedicated sales staff to help you at any of them, so come see what a difference a dealership can make.

7675 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207

(316) 618-2195


Carmax - Wichita

CarmaxWe only sell the best

Our cars

Carefully chosen

Millions of cars are ruled out by our vetting process, and we never sell cars with flood damage, frame damage, or salvage history.

125+ details we inspect

Anything that doesn't meet our standards is repaired or replaced by our highly trained technicians. Some cars have unrepaired safety recalls. Learn more.

Your perfect match

With 50,000 CarMax Quality Certified cars to choose from, there's a perfect match for your budget and life.

No haggling or pressure

Our associates are paid the same regardless of a car's price, so we only work to find the best car for you.

30 days to change your mind

We give you 30 days (up to 1500 miles) to decide if your car is the perfect fit for your life. If not, bring it back for a full refund. Learn more about our guarantees.

10221 E Kellogg Ave, Wichita, KS 67207

(316) 681-8156


Super Car Guys - Wichita

Super Car GuysWhy Buy From Us

We Don’t Hope You Have a Good Experience – We Guarantee It!

We don’t allow sharks on our showroom!

Most salespeople in our industry get paid a percentage of the dealership profit. Thus, the more they “make” on you the more they keep (We call this “The Sins of Commission”). Our salespeople are salary based with customer service and volume incentives (nothing to do with profit everything to do with customer service). This allows them to simply focus on YOUR NEEDS and WANTS and NOT on your pocketbook.

Sometimes you make mistakes. Sometimes we make mistakes.

If you do choose to purchase a vehicle from us and change your mind for any reason, you have 72 hours to get your money back, without someone hounding you.

Mileage and Vehicle condition restrictions apply. See a manager for details.

We treat you the way we would want to be treated.

The Golden Rule: Do Unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Our goal: A fun, successful dealership that makes a difference in the lives of our co-workers, customers and community.

Our Locations


1633 N. Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67206


114 N. West Street
Wichita, KS 67203


2337 S Broadway
Wichita, KS 67211

Dealership Info



Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm(ish)
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm(ish)
Sunday: CLOSED


Schofield Honda - Wichita

Schofield HondaYou’ll Love Shopping at Scholfield. We Guarantee It!

Whether you’re trading in, shopping for your next vehicle, or need expert service on your current one, our Love Your Scholfield Guarantee has everything you need.

Selection You’ll Love: Shop one of Kansas’s largest Honda selections online or in our state-of-the-art showroom!

Savings You’ll Love: Get your best price up front, plus our Scholfield Nationwide Lifetime Limited Warranty on new and pre-owned vehicles!*

Service You’ll Love: Keep your Honda running in peak condition with service done right by our factory-trained technicians!

From Our Family to Your Family

Our dealership is family-owned and run by Roger Scholfield, who carries on the core values of providing exceptional customer service and community giving established by his father, Vic Scholfield. Our team members are family, and when you purchase or service your vehicle with us, you become part of the Scholfield Honda family, too.

Roger believes in stopping to smell the roses, so our dealership is closed on Sundays and all major holidays. This gives our staff a chance to connect with their own families and worship at their church, so they can come back refreshed and ready to help our customers find their perfect new or pre-owned Honda.

Direct Access to Our Managers

At Scholfield Honda, we believe in conducting business in a friendly, down-to-earth manner. Roger Scholfield (yes, the guy on TV) personally meets as many customers as he can. His office is right next to our showroom floor.

In fact, all of our friendly and professional managers enjoy meeting our clients. If you wish to speak with a manager at any time during your visit, just let us know.

7017 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207

(316) 688-6400


Mel Hambelton Ford - Wichita

Mel Hambelton FordStress-Free Car-Shopping

Mel Hambelton Ford Inc is known as one of the best Ford car dealers in Wichita KS area. We have a great selection of new and used vehicles, exceptional car care and customer service with a smile!

Shopping for Ford lease deals? Mel Hambelton has the most current Ford offers updated daily. Check out the competitive prices on all of our used cars for sale. You won't find a reason to visit any other used car dealership in Wichita KS.

Want to Talk Auto Finance?

Mel Hambelton Ford can help you find the best new car loan rates. We're here to help you by going over every option clearly, and will work hard to find the right car loan or vehicle lease option for you. Whether adding accessories or protection packages, or figuring out the final details of your loan or lease package, let us guide you along the way.

Welcome to Mel Hambelton Ford

Welcome to Mel Hambelton Ford! Located in Wichita, KS, Mel Hambelton Ford is proud to be one of the premier Wichita Kansas car dealerships. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you'll know our commitment to Customer Service is second to none. Looking for deals on oil changes or other Ford service coupons? We have everything you need to keep your vehicle running smooth.

We strive to make your experience with Mel Hambelton Ford a good one - for the life of your vehicle. Whether you need to Purchase, Finance, or Service a New or Pre-Owned Ford, you've come to the right place. Call 888-840-9319 for your No-Obligation Internet Price Quote from our Internet Department.

11771 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67209

(316) 462-3673


Rusty Eck Ford - Wichita

Rusty Eck FordAt Rusty Eck Ford, you'll discover an unparalleled selection of vehicles offering various colors and option packages. Coupled with our best-trained sales staff and seasoned sales management, we're committed to outstanding customer service. Our sales department features Internet Professionals, Business Development Professionals, Delivery Experts, Fleet & Business Account Professionals, and a Ford Geek Squad to showcase the latest technology in Ford vehicles.

The Parts boutique is a must-see, offering a delightful array of Ford promotional wear, watches, hats, gadgets, and even Oakley sunglasses. Adjacent to the service department, you can schedule repairs and relax in the service lounge with a salt-water aquarium and a big-screen TV. Alternatively, you can enjoy a quiet room with internet and Wi-Fi connectivity. For a culinary treat, visit the Mustang Deli, serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and complimentary coffee for our customers.

Our Quick Lane facility, constructed in 2000 and updated in 2011, offers service for all makes and models without needing appointments. We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and both Quick Lane and the service department ensure efficient vehicle maintenance. Our latest addition, the Hunter diagnostic analyzer, swiftly identifies drivability issues, providing efficient solutions for our customers.

Rusty Eck Collision Center is a stand-alone, 96,000-square-foot building known for its efficiency. Many insurance companies choose our facility for drive-through appraisals, making your experience hassle-free. Most insurance companies also approve us as a direct repair facility, further simplifying your car repair process. Enterprise Rentals conveniently operates within our main building, assisting with rental car arrangements.

7310 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207

(316) 685-9211


Don Hattan Dealerships - Augusta, Derby, Wichita

Don Hattan DealershipsDon Hattan Chevrolet was founded in 1949 and is the oldest dealership in Wichita. Don Hattan was a Chevrolet Motor Division Accounting Manager when the opportunity arose to purchase a Chevrolet store. Jim Hattan assumed operational duties in 1979 and led the company through expansion for the next two decades. Jill Hattan became the general manager in 2002 and dealer principal in 2010.

Every day our team uses the latest methods in technology to sift through over 20,000 used vehicles every hour. This is to make sure we are providing you the highest quality vehicle with the best pricing possible up front. This not only saves you money, but also your valuable time.

We put the no hassle, no haggle, real time value pricing on every vehicle. We also show you the industry data that got us to that price so you can have confidence in your purchase.

We also offer:

  • New and pre-owned vehicle sales
  • All financing options, benefit from our huge buying power
  • 120 Point vehicle inspection on every used car
  • Auto Check reporting on every used vehicle
  • Browse our lots on Sunday on your own
  • Comfortable waiting room with complimentary snacks and drinks, massage chairs, kids area & wi-fi
  • Fleet & Commercial Business Specialists on site

Don Hattan Locations

DON HATTAN WEST 7800 West Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67209, USA

DON HATTAN FORD 10004 SW HWY 54 Augusta, KS 67010

DON HATTAN CHEVROLET 6000 Hattan Drive Wichita, KS 67219

DON HATTAN DERBY 2518 N Rock Rd, Derby, KS 67037


Breakfast Sandwich Battle: Jimmy Dean vs. Breakfast Best from Aldi

Jimmy Dean vs. Breakfast Best
Sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwich battle

Breakfast sandwich against breakfast sandwich, name brand vs. discount brand, who makes the better sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwich?

I look forward to having breakfast every morning, but I'm not talking about a simple bowl of cold cereal or sugar-loaded donuts. Bagels and cream cheese? Nope. I like to enjoy a hot breakfast, nothing elaborate mind you, nothing too heavy either... A simple breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee is quite satisfying thank you, a nice start to the day.

Sandwich packaging
Jimmy Dean has the better packaging

I'm a sucker for a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit, wrap, or croissant of some sort.  My 'go-to' over the years has been Jimmy Dean's sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwiches.  Priced at $14.89 for a 12-count box at Costco, that's a very inexpensive - $1.24 per sandwich - tasty breakfast!

I also like Aldi's Breakfast Best sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwiches.  I get these when I'm about to run out of Jimmy Dean and I'm not planning a bulk-shopping trip to Costco in the near future.  Costing $4.99 for a 4-count box, the Breakfast Best price is the same per sandwich at $1.24 each.

I've enjoyed both products for years now, but have never done a side-by-side comparison.

Who makes the better breakfast sandwich?

Sandwiches side by side
Heated up in the microwave, the sandwiches are similar in appearance, Jimmy Dean (left) has a deeper color on the croissant

Jimmy Dean gets the nod on packaging, it's more durable and I suspect would be better at preventing freezer burn, but I've never kept these tasty sandwiches around long enough in the freezer to find out.

Jimmy Dean also gets the nod on appearance, the croissant has better color.  Otherwise, there's no real difference visibly, each sandwich is 4.5 ounces, consisting of a sausage patty, a scrambled egg disk, a slice of American cheese, and the croissant.

I prepared two sandwiches at the same time in the microwave, as heating them up separately would skew the heat factor.

I bit into the Jimmy Dean first, it's good sausage, there is egg in every bite, a nice melt on the cheese, and the croissant is flaky.   Taking a bite of the Breakfast Best, it's a very similar bite.  Overall, the Jimmy Dean is a better eat.  In this side-by-side comparison, I took bites of the sandwiches - all ingredients at once (obviously), but I also singled out separate, small bites of sausage, bites of egg, cheese, and croissant.  The sausage patty in the Jimmy Dean sandwich was tastier and it was the flakier croissant.  No nuances were putting either the cheese or the egg better than the other.   The Jimmy Dean sausage is better seasoned and is an all-pork patty.  The Breakfast Best sausage patty is a pork and chicken combo.

Here's the nutritional breakdown:

The inside look
The under-the-lid reveal, Jimmy Dean on the left, Breakfast Best on the right

Jimmy Dean:  400 calories, 13 grams of protein, 28 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, 580mg of sodium, 26 grams of total fat

Breakfast Best:  360 calories, 14 grams of protein, 28 grams of carbs, 6 grams of sugar, 720mg of sodium, 21 grams of total fat 

Breakfast Best may have 40 fewer calories and 5 fewer total fat grams, but it's higher in sodium count.  Neither sandwich is a health food choice, but if you're watching the sodium count, Jimmy Dean is the slightly smarter pick.

In the Breakfast Sandwich Battle, I'm giving the nod to Jimmy Dean.  It's got a better sausage patty and a flakier croissant.  Both are priced at about $1.24 per sandwich, a very reasonable price for a tasty and convenient breakfast.  Both remain worthy of being repeat buys, but I'll probably buy an extra box of the Jimmy Dean sandwiches moving forward, eliminating the need to pick up a box of the Breakfast Best at Aldi to cover gaps between Costco shopping trips.  

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike