Firewood Prices on Rise as Temperatures Cool

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

You may have noticed fuel prices have already increased this week, but that's not the only prices on the rise.
As temperatures begin to get cooler the demand for firewood is up and so are the prices.

Carlton Hix knows all about wood.

"We've been selling wood about 30 years," Hix said.

In the past he's sold a lot of wood to restaurants and people. In fact, he's sold up to 600 to 700 ricks, or piles, a year.

"We work on it part time and deliver it," Hix assured.

If you're looking for firewood this winter, you may have a little trouble. That's largely due to the high fuel prices and even this summers drought.

"This year it's been so hot and dry nobody hasn't cut wood and
nobody's got wood to cut," Hix continued.

He said for those that do have wood, some aren't cutting like they used to.

"Nobody wants to cut anymore. It's hard work," he admitted.

That's because this years high oil and gas prices are taking a toll on some people that cut wood.

"It's just hard to make any money by the time you buy your saw and cut wood for $40 or $50 a week. They just can't do it," Hix explained.

He added that with cooler temperatures on the way, the demand for wood is up and so are the prices.

"It's going to be high for this long wood this winter that people heat with. It'll be hard to find," Hix said.

"Everybody's trying to go to wood and it's just as high one place as it is the other one," he added.

Hix said in the past he's had plenty of wood to sell at this time, but this year it will is a different story.

"It's just going to be hard to find this year," he assured.

Hix said he expects for a pile of wood to go for $50 this year. That's up from the usual price of $40 to $45.

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