Firewood To Keep You Cosy
Different types of wood play different roles in making a great fire. We've outlined our selection of firewood and how they differ below.
Radiata pine is our softwood. It catches fire easily and is a rather fast burning wood due to it’s low density. It has high heat output.
Pine is a great wood to start the fire with and it is easy to split (once it's dry). We recommend using it to get the fire going good and then put some medium or hard wood on it to keep it burning for longer. Pine is suited for log burners and open fires.
Our pine is plantation pine. Not 'old man pine'. Old man pine means it is older than 30 years therefore more sappy and burns a bit hotter and less quick.
Once pine is seasoned/sap dry, it is best stored out of the rain or covered as it soaks up the rain well. Ideally it is stored somewhere with good ventilation.
Kiln Dried Pine
It is untreated wood and as the name says it is kiln dried. It is easy to burn and easy to split.
Good to get the fire going and then put some wood on it with more substance. We get it from a local factory. Some might know them under the name of dockings or wooden blocks. It is not slab wood (bark edge of the log).
The off cuts come in different shapes and sizes e.g. 100mm x 50mm (4"x2") and approx. 300mm long.
When we deliver dockings/off cuts there will be sawdust and smaller pieces amongst it as it's loaded by bucket. Some people like to put a tarpaulin down first to make tidying up easier.
Douglas fir is a medium density wood, burns well, produces high heat output. It still catches fire easily. Is easy to split.
It has a distinct orange centre with whitish ring towards the bark. Light in weight, so easy to handle.
It can cope with being stored outside and uncovered as it does not soak up the rain as easily as pine.
Gum Sorry Temporarily Unavailable
Gum is our hardwood. It is slow burning and produces a lot of heat. Gum is hard to split and can be rather difficult to start the fire with.
Gum is suited for log burners and open fires. (Hardwood is not easily affected by a bit of rain and can cope with being stored outside and uncovered.)
Chopping Blocks, Kindling & Untreated Sawdust
We also offer hardwood chopping blocks. These are available on request.
We have bags of kindling, making it easy to start your fire. This is also available at the road stall at the end of Queen Victoria Street/Pah Street in Motueka.
And fresh, untreated (pine) sawdust available either by the sack or by the trailer load. Perfect for so many things from pet bedding to garden mulch – pick up only please.
Sustainability is important to us. We source our timber/logs from local forestry companies. It is either forestry waste or a grade unsuitable for export or milling. So it is either used for firewood or sawmills will chip it.
Some of the firewood we source comes from shelter belts (trees planted as shelter around e.g. orchards or plantations) that need to replaced or are no longer required.
Leaving forestry waste to rot in the forest produces more carbon dioxide than using it as firewood (given it is seasoned/dry). It also presents the problem of slash runoff in heavy rains.
So our firewood is not only renewable/sustainable but also environmentally friendly.
The minimum we deliver is 3.6m3 (= the equivalent of the old ‘cord’ - no longer a legal measure). Our truck holds 2 bins of 3.6m3.
Pine: $295 per 3.6m3
Douglas fir: $350 per 3.6m3 Sorry Temporarily Unavailable
Gum: $365 per 3.6m3 Sorry Temporarily Unavailable
Kiln dried off cuts: $230 per 3.6m3
Please note: Some prices will go up in the winter/early spring months. Due to demand, all wood is subject to availability.
Mixed Loads: We are happy to offer mix loads as long as they are in thirds (1.2m3) of 3.6m3 as we can measure that precisely - that is one of our cages level to the top. For example: 2.4m3 gum + 1.2m3 pine is a popular mix or the other way round 2.4m3 pine + 1.2m3 gum. Or if you prefer all three types of wood 1.2m3 pine + 1.2m3 douglas fir + 1.2m3 gum to give you a great mix of firewood to keep you cosy all winter.
Delivery is free to Nelson city, Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield, Mapua, Motueka and anywhere in between for 3.6m3. Anything beyond might incur a delivery fee.
Atawhai and beyond, Riwaka and beyond, Ngatimoti as well as anything beyond Wakefield will incur a delivery fee. Please contact us for details.
Pick up: You are welcome to buy less than 3.6m3 but you will need to pick it up yourself. Pick ups by appointment only please – as we are often out and about on deliveries.
We are not part of the good wood scheme of Nelson and Tasman DC. Mainly because we do not always sell fully seasoned firewood - especially in spring and summer – but we will notify you of that. And we are confident that the wood will be seasoned and ready to burn by the time you want to burn it as long as you store it in a well ventilated area (not tin sheds or locked garages). For more info on how to store your firewood click here.
Size: The average length of our wood is 30-35cm, there will be the odd piece that is smaller and the odd bit that will be a bit bigger. Special size: we are happy to do a special cut for you, however this will incur an additional charge as it requires more work and you will get more wood. A special cut will have to be ordered between September and early December.
Terms & Conditions As the ministry of consumer affairs states: It is a legal requirement for firewood to be sold as a ‘thrown measure’. This means that the quantity of wood is measured as if it were thrown into a container – not stacked.