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Firewood sales skyrocket during cold weather
The recent cold snap has caused a spike in demand for firewood.
Daniel Hemken of AAA Affordable Tree Service says, "I feel sorry for everybody. They're cold, but you know, tree service is always slow in the winter time so this is always something to help us out and help us get through the winter."
But the supply is having trouble keeping up.
"They come before you can even split it," says Greg Lee from A Quality Tree Service.
Typically tree services who sell firewood split logs steadily all year long, and that's enough to get them through the winter season. But this year it's different.
"Wood's coming straight off the splitter. Whatever we split every day is gone every night," says Hemken.
Sellers say if you are looking for firewood, it's best to arrive early. And while some may build a fire for the winter ambiance, others have a more practical approach.
Vicki Brunson is buying enough firewood for a month. She explains, "It's heating the home. We basically for the most part don't turn on our heater during the year. We just use the fireplace and use creative use of fans."
So while you may be tired of the freeze, others appreciate it.
"I'd probably like it to stay cold about another 3 weeks."
"At least a couple more weeks."
Local builder, Bob Price, Jr. says as many as 90% of the homes they build include a fireplace inside. But now a new trend is developing, with as many as 60% of those homes are asking for fireplaces outside on the back porch, which means the need for firewood will continue.