Fire sale of wood in Waimate
The price of firewood is unlikely to change in the wake of this month's severe windstorm.
Trees felled during strong winds on September 10 were not necessarily firewood material, and those that were would be too green to burn, firewood merchant Peter Goodman, of Pleasant Point, said.
"If it's bluegum it takes a good couple of years to dry out and then, where are [consumers] going to put it to dry out?"
He said the only potential cause of a firewood price change would be if logging transporters were hit with a fuel price increase, which they could ultimately pass on.
In the wake of the storm, the Waimate District Council is selling logs at $35 a tonne.
They are being delivered within the urban boundary for a minimum delivery of 10 tonne.
Council chief executive Tony Alden said staff were working quickly to clear the trees on behalf of the community to ensure public safety.
"Retrieval is going well but there are many more trees yet to be processed to log form."
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