Tips for pur­chas­ing fire­wood

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News -

As win­ter quickly ap­proaches and more peo­ple look to fire­wood to help heat their homes, the Ohio Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture of­fers some ba­sic tips to help when pur­chas­ing wood: • Non-pack­aged fire­wood must be sold by the cord or by frac­tions of a cord. One cord, when prop­erly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cu­bic feet). • If sold in bulk, fire­wood must be sold by in terms of price per ton. This must be weighed on a cer­ti­fied scale. In no case can a scale be used for net loads that weigh less than 50 min­i­mum divi­sions. • It is il­le­gal to sell fire­wood by any other unit of mea­sure­ment such as a rick, rack, face cord or truck­load. If a con­sumer be­lieves that a seller did not com­ply with th­ese rules and reg­u­la­tions, the per­son should im­me­di­ately con­tact the seller. • If non-pack­aged fire­wood is pur­chased, the seller must present the con­sumer with a de­liv­ery ticket or sales in­voice that in­cludes con­tact in­for­ma­tion of seller and pur­chaser, date of de­liv­ery, quan­tity, quan­tity upon which the price is based, to­tal price of the amount de­liv­ered and terms and con­di­tions of the sale. • If the fire­wood is ad­ver­tised and sold a rep­re­sen­ta­tion may in­clude a dec­la­ra­tion of iden­tity that in­di­cates the species group (ex­am­ple: 50 per­cent hick­ory, 40 per­cent oak, 10 per­cent ash). Such a rep­re­sen­ta­tion shall in­di­cate, within 10 per­cent ac­cu­racy, the per­cent­ages of each group. • Be aware of dif­fer­ent fire­wood move­ment reg­u­la­tions in place con­cern­ing in­va­sive species such as gypsy moth and Asian longhorned bee­tle. For more in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific reg­u­la­tions visit ODA’s in­va­sive pests web­page. It is al­ways good prac­tice to not move fire­wood long dis­tances and to buy lo­cal and burn lo­cal. • When burn­ing fire­wood for heat, the State Fire Mar­shal ad­vises to fol­low all nec­es­sary safety prac­tices to avoid any se­ri­ous prob­lems. IF YOU HAVE QUES­TIONS OR CON­CERNS WITH A FIRE­WOOD SALE, AND THE SELLER WILL NOT COR­RECT THE PROB­LEM, CON­TACT THE OHIO DEPART­MENT OF AGRI­CUL­TURE’S DIVI­SION OF WEIGHTS AND MEA­SURES AT 614728-6290 OR CON­TACT YOUR COUNTY AU­DI­TOR’S OF­FICE.

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