‘Better Call Jackson’: Does your firewood make the cut?

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Our current cold snap combined with the approaching holidays, signals the mad rush for firewood.

Before you create that warm glow from the fire place, make sure that bundle of wood is not burning your wallet.

The biggest mistake consumers make with firewood is not getting what they pay for.

If you’re buying a cord, that’s a measurement. It can only be measured when stacked, and it’s not heavy math.

128 Cubic feet or 4 feet high by 8 feet long by 4 feet deep.

“If the people just assume that a rack or a truck load is standard for the purchase and they think they’re making a purchase based upon measurement that’s accurate and its simply is not, ” said Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo.

Weights and measures departments from the county Auditor’s offices enforce laws related to firewood sales.

  • Have the seller stack the wood before paying, even if they want to change a few extra dollars It’s worth it to have the right measurement.
  • Firewood should be seasoned at least 6 months, moisture content about 20% for efficient low smoke fires.
  • Ask the seller to identify the wood type. Hardwoods are the best for a fireplace.

Remember, you are the first line of defense when it comes to consumer protection so asking the right questions will keep your money from going up in smoke.

“If you’re buying from someone who is not a commercial dealer you should get a telephone number and any other relevant information so you can challenge that purchase if in fact you’re not purchasing a cord,” said Mingo.

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