Buying firewood? Some tips offered

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Winter is just around the corner, and consumers buying firewood should be aware of the requirements for firewood sales in California to avoid being burned.  A cord is the only legal unit of measure for firewood sales unless the total amount of wood less than 1/8 cord, such as campfire bundles.

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It is important for buyers to know exactly how much wood is in a cord.  A cord is equal to 128 cubic feet of COMPACTLY stacked wood, typically measuring 4’x4’x8’.  To determine the cubic feet contained in a stack of firewood, multiply the length by the width by the height.  Measurements taken in inches can be converted to cubic feet by dividing by 1,728.

In all sales of non-packaged wood, California regulations require the seller to furnish the buyer with a bill of sale, stating the amount of wood purchased, total selling price, the seller’s name and address, the buyers name and address, and the date of sale or delivery.

When buying wood over the telephone, make certain it is delivered by the cord measure and not a pickup load-full, and remember to pay only upon delivery.

If you have any questions, please contact the Inyo and Mono Counties Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at 760.873.7860.

 

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Earnest t. Firemon
Earnest t. Firemon
9 months ago

What I find funny is so many unpermitted people selling firewood for cash, nowhere near a real cords size. Also importing wood from different counties and selling it, taking away legal permitted income. I do not mean a tree company or guy selling a small amount, but cash side sales in residential areas, causing, rats, mice, dust, noise, and increased traffic. I do not think these are paying taxes or county. Cheats and liars.

David Dennison
David Dennison
9 months ago

Earnest t. Firemon
Not a time to question or bash some for trying to make money,and a living in a way they chose or have to do.
Take a look at our Government…billionaires getting the pandemic PPP loans,millions of tax dollars spent on golfing trips the past four years,month long tax paid vacations during the holidays.
And you question the legality of someone busting their butts cutting,splitting,sometimes delivering and stacking firewood to maybe afford a Christmas and put food on their table for them and their families ?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
5 years ago

Those little bundles of firewood some buy in a campground from a camp-host are nowhere near an 1/8 of a cord….lucky if one of those $6.00 bundle lasts the night…what I found amusing last camping season was some of those camp- hosts trying to say it was “illegal” to bring your own firewood into a campground,and if you wanted a campfire you’d have to buy from them….