Run­ning out of wood

Cold snap puts pres­sure on sup­plies

Whanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - By Ja­cob McSweeny

One of Whanganui’s main sup­pli­ers of fire­wood says she can’t meet an in­creas­ing de­mand for wood as win­ter takes hold.

Am­ber Davis, the owner of a fire­wood com­pany in Whanganui East, said she was turn­ing cus­tomers away be­cause she was out of good, dry wood.

“To be hon­est, I think this sea­son’s got­ten colder quicker.

“I’ve al­ready sold out of all my dry and nor­mally I don’t sell out un­til maybe the end of this month.”

Davis said au­tumn ap­peared to have been a lot colder this year.

“A lot of my cus­tomers are ring­ing up want­ing a top-up so they’ve al­ready burned what they would have had for win­ter and au­tumn.”

She still had wood — but it was a mix­ture of green and “rain wet” wood.

That meant it was dry but after be­ing stored out­side it had soaked up rain from re­cent down­pours.

“I’m just telling cus­tomers, ‘No, look I’ve got noth­ing,’ be­cause I don’t want to sell them wood that I know will not burn.

“A lot of peo­ple make the mis­take of putting wet wood straight into a shed, es­pe­cially pine. It’s not go­ing to dry out in a shed. It’s just go­ing to hold its mois­ture.

“It needs wind, it needs sun and they ring me up in a cou­ple of weeks say­ing, ‘Hey, that wood’s not burn­ing,’ and it’s be­cause they’ve stuck it straight in the shed be­cause it’s wet.”

Her ad­vice is to stock up on wood as early as spring when it is green.

One of t he ot her main providers in Whanganui is East­side Fire­wood, also in Whanganui East.

St af f mem­ber Cherie Cro­marty said de­mand for fire­wood was in­tense.

“We are flat out. We can do up to 20 de­liv­er­ies a day . . . four, six, we’ve done a seven-cube de­liv­ery.”

But stock wasn’t so much an is­sue for East­side Fire­wood, as Cro­marty said the com­pany had a large sup­ply.

“We have a big ware­house full of wood . . . it ranges from ki l n- dri ed s t art er wood to phe­bal­ium, a hard wood.”

Am­ber Davis with some of her wood — a quar­ter is wet and the rest is green and un­us­able this win­ter. PHOTO / STU­ART MUNRO

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