Why stock up on wood now?
1 Time to dry

Buying wood early allows time to dry your wood before using it. Generally, it takes 1-3 years for wood to dry properly, so if you’re buying wood to use next winter it needs to be pre-dried or seasoned.

Burning wet wood is not an option as it won’t get hot enough to produce efficient warmth in your home and it leads to smoky chimneys and air pollution.

2 Likely to be cheep...er

Stocking up when the weather’s still warm typically means the wood will be priced more competitively.

3 Avoid missing out

We’ve had winters where the cold weather has hit fast and hard, and wood stocks have not been able to keep up with demand. Buying now will ease stress on the supply chain.

Get it while it's hot!
Pukeko and wood
Here are some more tips from Environment Canterbury on what to look out for and what to avoid, to ensure your wood is ‘good’.
In good wood we trust

We recommend buying from a wood merchant which is part of our Trusted Good Wood Merchant programme. Merchants are audited annually and testing the moisture content of their wood supply is part of this process.

They usually have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. If not, they will ensure their customers know how ‘green’ the wood is and when it should be ready for use.

Choose a ‘better burning’ wood

Do you know what wood burns hottest and with the least amount of smoke? Plantation Pine, Douglas Fir and Blue Gum are the best woods to use and mix to get your fire just right.

Old Man Pine tends to smoke a lot, so we recommend you use this only for kindling and burn it with other wood.  

Finally… store, clean and possibly upgrade

Store your wood under cover and allow air flow. A small woodshed is great, or under some eaves or along a fence line.

Keep your wood burner well-maintained and look after your chimney and flue to remove build-up of soot. Again, now is a great time to get your chimney/flue cleaned and beat the Autumn 2021 rush! Find out more here.

If you’re thinking about replacing your existing wood burner, now would be a good time to make enquiries with local suppliers and fitters.

Come under our wing...
Wood Pidgeon
Want to know more?

Check out our tutorials to help you burn smoke-free, including demonstration videos and a step-by-step guide, along with a list of Trusted Good Wood Merchants.

You can also get in touch with us for personalised help and support by calling 0800 329 276.

...and be warmer cheaper!