PEI

Firewood shortage sparks concern

Some Prince Edward Islanders who heat their homes with wood are having a hard time buying seasoned firewood this fall.

P.E.I. producers can't keep up with demand for dry firewood

Some P.E.I. home owners scrambling to get firewood for winter. (CBC)

Some Prince Edward Islanders who heat their homes with wood are having a hard time buying seasoned firewood this fall.

Many firewood harvesters say there is a shortage of the dried wood. 

Edwin Desroches of Desroches Firewood in Miscouche said he usually is able to supply the wood year-round, but he's been sold out of seasoned hardwood for about two weeks now.

"I think a lot of it is the hard winter last winter to get some wood cut. And there are a few people went out of business as well," said Desroches.

"We are sold completely out of hardwood, out of juniper, out of birch, out of maple. The only thing we have is softwood left."

Desroches said he hates turning people away, but there's not much he can do about it.

Gary MacKinnon of  MacKinnon's Firewood in St. Peter's suggests people buy green wood well in advance, and dry it themselves. 

"We started delivering wood on April 20 and we always try to get some dry wood home, but we have been so busy this year that we never got it, we're just delivering green wood", said MacKinnon.

"It's the biggest demand I've seen in years. Well, I think we had a bad winter last winter and I don't think there's as many of us at the wood as there used to be. I quit taking orders two days ago ... I just can't take any more orders."  

Some producers say a number of people got out of the business when Georgetown Timber closed a few years ago, and that has fueled the problem.