Best to buy a year ahead

Cold weather is creeping in, and heaps of BayBuzz readers stay warm via wood burners. But make sure you use dry wood, otherwise you’re creating an air quality (i.e., health) hazard.

Regional Council Procurement Lead Mark Heaney says it’s important for people to check the wood they buy is fit for purpose.

“Buying wood this close to winter means there are sellers out there who may be delivering wet or green wood. This wood won’t be fit for purpose to burn this winter because it’s hard to light, doesn’t produce enough heat, and smokes a lot,” says Heaney.

“The wood might be for sale cheaper than other wood, but it will cost people in the long run.”
Mr Heaney advises people to ask questions before buying any wood.

“Always ask if the firewood is dry (less than 25% moisture content) or when it will be ready to burn, and get a receipt with this information on it.”

More tips of smart wood burning here.

Cutting to the chase …

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has approved the following Good Wood merchants.

Chambers Woodyard Ltd 027 485 5705 / 06 843 077

Cutting Edge Firewood 027 2305 692

Donovan’s Firewood, 06 878 4465,, orders@donovansfirewood

Pritchard Firewood 027 333 4874

Woodstock 0800 966378,

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