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Buy to burn next winter


Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is encouraging people to buy dry wood ahead of winter to heat homes better and ultimately reduce air pollution.

Procurement Lead Mark Heaney says the Regional Council has teamed up some of Good Wood suppliers to offer people who buy from the supplier to go in the draw to win one of six refunds on a cord of wood.

“Summer is the best time to get Good Wood for next winter. Buying wood and storing it properly now means it will burn hotter and produce less smoke, heating your home better and keeping our air clean,” says Mr Heaney.

“The supply of dry wood is always limited, and as we get into winter there is less available and the price starts to rise, frequently leaving only wet wood for sale by the end of winter. Professional wood merchants measure moisture content and advise if the wood is not ready to burn yet and the best thing people can do is plan and ‘buy to burn next year’.“

The Regional Council’s Good Wood scheme is helps buyers know they are getting wood that will burn dry and hot, ideally with less than 25% moisture

“Our approved Good Wood merchants will replace or refund the cost of the wood if Regional Council testing finds the moisture content is over 25%.”.”

“We run this programme because Hawke’s Bay’s air quality isn’t as good as it needs to be during the winter months when people are forced to buy and burn wet wood. This scheme recognises and promotes merchants who care about air quality, and about their customers getting value for money,” adds Mr Heaney.

Find out more about our Good Wood scheme and approved suppliers.

8 December 2021

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