Marlborough firewood companies are gearing up for the winter rush as the cooler weather rolls in.
Dashwood Timber yardhand Samalah Gray said they were gathering a lot of firewood, chopping it and getting it ready for the influx of people.
"We've seen an increase in enquiries in the last two weeks," Gray said. "[But] generally people wait until it's raining and frosty and then they rush in to get it."
However, a few people had been in to stock up before it got to that point, she said.
"We've had a couple of sickness beneficiaries, the rest have been our regular customers - the more prepared ones."
The yard, on the corner of Conders Bend Rd and State Highway 6, had about 20 wooden crates full of firewood.
Their customers generally bought two trailer loads of wood equating to 4 cubic metres, which would last about half the season, Gray said.
"They would need to come back and get another couple [of trailer loads]."
There had been a noticeable drop in older people buying firewood, she said
"There is a lot of older people migrating to heat pumps because it's hard for them to carry firewood."
Regor Firewood Supplies owner Roger Schroder said he was busy getting firewood but had not yet seen an influx of Marlburians wanting to buy any yet.
"It's just normal. If anything it's quieter than normal," Schroder said.
"Even though we've had a lot of rain it's still been quite warm."
- The Marlborough Express
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