State Warns: Be Careful When Buying Firewood

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email

The state's Department of Agriculture is warning all of us to be sure to buy firewood from a reputable dealer.

The department says buyers should get the seller's name and business address, and firewood sellers in Colorado must provide a receipt with that information as well as the price, amount, and type of wood.

Firewood is usually sold by the cord. That's a pile of wood that equals 128 cubic feet. One cord equals a stack of wood that is 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long.

Bundled firewood, like you can buy at supermarkets, is commonly sold by the cubic foot. The actual amount of wood must meet the quantity declaration. Bundles must be marked with net volume, wood type, and contact information about the seller.

The department cautions against buying firewood advertised as by the truckload, face cord, rick, fireplace cord or pile, since they don't meet a standard for comparison.

You can call the Measurement Standards office at (303) 477-4220 with questions or for help in disputes regarding the sale of firewood.


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  • by Jdog Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Soft woods burn faster and dirtier. Hardwoods burn longer and cleaner. Which wood do you want? Also, a cord is a cord and not a pile or something else. The poster who says that Dept. of Ag. needs to get a job probably sells short cords of crappy wood!
  • by Keeping Warm Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 2, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Front Range Arborists the place to buy firewood.. They deliver to your door and for a small fee will stack 635-7459
  • by Me on Dec 2, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Why?? Wood is wood, right? I wish I knew the reason behind the warning. Is it because of scams? Paying too much for not enough wood?

    (no reason mentioned in original article @ 6:28am, incase you all start saying "it's at the top dummy")
  • by George Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 2, 2010 at 01:35 AM
    The State Department of Agriculture needs to get a job. Puting out stories like this just gives them a reason to feel important when they really are not. Why don't they write a story about how much it hurts grass to walk on it in the winter?
  • by gina Location: colorado springs on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    i bought it from don's garden shop, by the pound!!!
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