Here are a few tips for making sure you get a fair load of quality firewood without getting burned.
First, you need to know the length of wood that you need. The standard length for firewood is 16 inches, but some larger wood-burning stoves can take wood as large as 20 inches or more. Make sure you specify the length when ordering.
You need seasoned firewood, which has been stacked and dried for at least six months or more.
By law, wood should only be sold by the cord or half-cord, not by the truckload. This protects you from getting shorted. A cord is a stack of wood that measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long and totals 128 cubic feet in all. A standard half cord is measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 4 feet long and is 64 cubic feet.
Cord = 128 cubic feet
Half Cord = 64 Cubic Ft.
Whether you order your wood chopped into lengths to fit your stove or fireplace, once itís delivered and stacked, it still must measure a total of 128 cubic feet in order to be a full cord.
Before you buy, check prices with multiple wood dealers in your area. Seasoned firewood in Connecticut is selling between $220 to $300 a cord, depending on the type of wood and area of the state.
If you have access to a truck, go down to the wood lot, check out the wood, and take it home yourself. Make sure you stack your firewood on pallets to keep it off the ground. You won't get a true measurement unless itís stacked.,
If youíre going to have firewood delivered, be home when it arrives, pay a little extra to have it stacked upon delivery, and then measure it. If you ordered a full cord and it isn't 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long or a total of 128 cubic inches, don't pay for it until the full cord is provided.
Finally, be sure to obtain a signed receipt for your firewood, which includes the name, address and phone number of the business, the name of the business owner, the amount of wood delivered and the amount you paid.
If you have any problems or concerns, please give the Department of Consumer Protection a call at 1-800-842-2649.