‘Cowboys’ rip people off
‘‘Cowboy’’ wood suppliers out to make a quick buck are selling wet wood and charging ‘‘ridiculous’’ prices.
Central Otago-based wood supplier Tony Wadsworth is warning people to ask for wood to be moisture tested upon delivery after hearing several horror stories in recent weeks.
‘‘We are getting overwhelming requests for firewood and with this we have heard of some pretty bad dealings going on. One woman last week was offered semi-seasoned pine for $120 a cubic metre. It’s absolutely disgusting. There is no way the client would get that dry. He should not be selling it. There are people out there just trying to rip people off and make quick cash.’’
Queenstown lawyer Graeme Todd said he ordered three cubic metres of dry blue gum about a fortnight ago. However, a load of wet pine was left dumped on his driveway.
‘‘It’s soaked through. Fortunately, I hadn’t paid. I asked the guy to pick it up and after two weeks he still hasn’t done it ... It’s highly annoying. You don’t buy something and get something totally different, especially when it is of no use to you.’’
Firewood is in hot demand.