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Omission of Wood Heat Goes Too Far

By John Ackerly | Biomass Magazine | June 23, 2015

Alliance For Green Heat President John Ackerly discusses a major oversight of the U.S. DOE—omitting mention of wood and pellet heat in its recent Energy Saver guide.

In 2011, we noticed a glaring omission in an annual U.S. government publication. The annual Winter Fuel Report failed to


Cumberland, ME - Local firewood fuel assistance program needs help


CUMBERLAND (WGME) -- A local program that provides firewood and fuel assistance to people in needs help from the community.

The Cumberland Wood Bank has been providing firewood to needy families for about eight years.

"What we do is we give the wood to people who can burn it who need help and we sell the extra wood to people who can buy


Profitable Firewood Processing Workshop
May 7, 2015 - Albany County NY

Profitable Firewood Processing WorkshopHarry Watt’s Profitable Firewood Processing Workshop is on the road!

This year’s event takes place at the William F. Rice Jr. Extension Center in Voorheesville, NY on May 7th. NFA Director Scott Salveson will be speaking along with a host of other firewood professionals.

At the workshop you’ll learn where the Firewood Industry is headed


NFA Goes to Bat in D.C.

Washington DC USDA Whitten BldgNFA Director Scott Salveson was honored to speak on behalf of the Firewood Industry during a listening session hosted by the administration of APHIS/PPQ, the arm of the USDA responsible for the federal firewood quarantines in place due to invasive species like the Emerald Ash Borer.

APHIS transport and treatment restrictions can have an


Moisture Meters in the Field

MC Meter 500

We do a lot of talking about the moisture content (MC) of firewood, and for good reason -- but do you know the actual moisture content of the wood you're selling -- or burning? Kiln-driers are quite familiar with probes that require drilling pilot holes and specialized equipment to read the data. We can't claim to match the accuracy of these


Small Home, Big Decisions

Mother Earth News Blogs
By Jennifer Kongs

For this couple building a homestead in northeastern Kansas, wood heat was a "no brainer." Follow along as they discuss their options and the ins and outs of creating an off-grid homestead.

"Before we even began the discussion about solar panels vs. wind turbines vs. ground-source heat


Better Business in 2015 - February Newsletter

Last month’s newsletter was met with enthusiastic feedback and requests for further ideas on how to improve your firewood business in the year ahead.

In the last issue, we mentioned that the number one advantage that a legitimate, tax-paying business has over the “rusty pickup guys” is legitimacy itself -- those avoiding taxes by flying under


Can we feel good about firewood?

Sonoma County Gazette, Feb 2015
Scott Salveson
Director, National Firewood Association

The history of firewood is well understood, but there seems to be some confusion about where firewood belongs in our current fuel strategy. Some view firewood as dirtier than coal, others are beginning to see the big picture and hope to shape the future

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