HERMON – As we get deeper into the fall season, temperatures are starting to drop. That means more people are buying last-minute firewood before winter hits. Firewood dealers are doing their best to keep up with high demand.
It’s normally a busy time of year for firewood and normally in the next couple weeks it starts to slow down and people have gotten most of what they needed for the winter, but it has been a busy summer for sure,” said Dysart’s Vice President Tim Dysart.
There’s high demand for the wood that keeps many homes warm during the cold Maine winters. Dysart says that could be because of the downturn in the paper mill business.
“There’s less people cutting wood, so I think that’s curbed some of the supply,” said Dysart.
We spoke with employees at Gary Jordan Firewood in Waltham. They say they’re so backlogged, they’ve stopped taking orders. It’s in part due to the rainy weather this summer.
“You can’t get in the woods because it’s too wet and you rut up the roads and all that sort of thing so you can’t get wood at that time,” Dysart said.
Dysart’s only has green firewood available for the rest of the season. That type of firewood has a high moisture content and will release creosote in your chimney while it burns. That could lead to a chimney fire.
“We tell them that it’s green and … unless you’re putting it in a basement where it’s going to dry, that it’s probably not that good for this season,” Dysart said.