Firewood buying tips

August 22, 2008 10:50:47 PM PDT
Rising energy costs are prompting some people to look for alternative ways to heat their homes this winter. One of the options: firewood. But, before you buy, there are a few things you need to know.

First, buy firewood right now, don't wait until it gets cold. Bill Keenan of Bucks County Weights and Measures says, there's plenty in stock.

"When winter comes, they're depleting their stock. They're going to charge you more because it's going to be harder for them to get," Keenan said.

Buy hard woods like oak, chestnut, and elm which burn best.

Stay away from soft wood like pine and cherry.

And finally, when buying firewood, make sure you get what you pay for.

Pennsylvania state law requires that firewood is sold in cubic feet.

A cord of wood is measured in Pennsylvania four foot high, four foot wide, eight foot long, which is 128 cubic feet.

Also - if you haven't used your chimney or stove in a while, have a professional chimney sweep company clean it and check it out in advance.

The average cord is selling between 138 and 178 dollars.


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