The numbers are still being crunched to see if it’s even viable.
There are many regulations when selling firewood, including properly using the term “cord” and where the firewood actually came from. It’s also important to know the difference between heat treated and kiln dried firewood.
This goes for camp firewood and fireplace wood. The Myles Standish State Forest is very close to me, and there are hundreds of campsites there bringing people from all over. It’s illegal to bring your own firewood into the forest. Not because they are greedy and want to make some money selling it, but it’s because of certain pests.
What’s The Difference Between Heat Treated & Kiln Dried Firewood?
Heat Treated: Heat treated firewood comes from suppliers that hold a legal compliance agreement to ensure it is heated properly to kill pests. The reason isn’t to avoid pests in your home, but to avoid the spreading of dangerous insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle. It’s OK to buy local seasoned firewood, but you should always ask where it came from. Be very careful if you choose Craigslist as your source for firewood. Anyone can post and ad selling firewood on Craigslist.
Kiln Dried: Kiln dried firewood is firewood that has been dried out in huge kilns for an unknown period of time. There is no legal obligation for heat times or temperatures. Kiln dried firewood exists only to dry green firewood faster so it can be sold faster. I would think that this process would in fact kill insects, but it’s not recognized. For this reason, it shouldn’t be moved from state to state. Actually, it’s often illegal to move kiln dried firewood from state to state in the United States. So having the term kiln dried on your firewood means nothing. It’s basically used for marketing firewood that wasn’t seasoned naturally.
I am still crunching numbers to see if it’s worth it. Besides the legalities of importing firewood, there is also the legal requirements of selling firewood. Terms like “cord” are regulated by the state of Massachusetts.
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