Wondering where to buy firewood, and how to find the best priced firewood dealers?
The first thing you should do is understand your local rules and laws about firewood, by visiting our Firewood Map.
For buying bundled or cord firewood, make sure that your firewood seller is cutting and selling local firewood. It is hard to imagine, but some firewood sellers (especially large stores or grocery stores) are bringing in firewood from really long distances- even other countries! To protect your favorite places from non-native insects and diseases that might hitchhike on the firewood you want to burn, ask the firewood seller where the wood was cut. Ideally, your firewood should be from only a few miles away, or at least in the same county. More broadly, if your firewood dealer is getting wood from up to 50 miles away, that is usually still considered “OK.” For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
Seven states now list all their firewood dealers on Firewood Scout, a website with a searchable map of firewood vendors. This site is great for if you are traveling to a new area and need to find the nearest place to your campground or cabin that is selling firewood.
In some places, especially in the Central and Eastern United States, you can buy firewood with a state Department of Agriculture, or USDA APHIS, seal certifying that your firewood has been certified as heat-treated to kill pests. Whenever you must buy firewood for use far from where you are buying it, this is the best type of firewood to buy. Note that firewood labeled as just “kiln-dried” is not the same as certified heat treated, and is not safe to move long distances. Learn more about the difference between kiln-dried and heat treated on our blog.
The price of wood varies a lot, and you might wonder how to find the best firewood prices at your final destination. Call ahead to where you are going for a suggestion of a reasonably priced firewood dealer. By calling the campground host, park association, or local Forest Service office, you’ll save time, money, and help protect trees when you buy firewood from a known local firewood dealer.
If you are selling firewood, and are wondering how to sell it safely, you should know it is best to sell it as close to where you cut it as possible.
A firewood dealer that is shipping wood long distances without heat treating the wood, or without a certificate of compliance, is risking the spread of insects and diseases on their wood. Instead, minimize the cost of transportation and the risk of spreading forest pests- sell firewood locally. Dealers that only sell locally cut firewood are protecting the trees in their area, which is good for everyone.
And lastly, dry seasoned firewood is the best firewood to burn for your health. For excellent information on why making sure your firewood is very dry is best for both human health, and the environment, please visit the US Environmental Protection Agency’s BurnWise site.