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Completed-National Firewood Workshop-Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Statesville, North Carolina Location-Iredell County Cooperative Extension Office

Take this link for the National Firewood Workshop 2017 pdf brochure

The Wood Education and Resource Center of Princeton, West Virginia hosted together with the NCSU Wood Products Extension the National Firewood Workshop at the Cooperative Extension Office in Statesville, North Carolina on April 27th, 2017.  This one day event was a gathering of split firewood professionals that discuss all the aspects involved in operating a profitable firewood manufacturing business.

This workshop has been held twice in West Virginia at the Wood Education and Resource Center, at the Albany County Cooperative Extension Office in Voorheesville, New York, and at the Western Maryland Research and Resource Center in Keedysville, Maryland.  In the future we hope to host the National Firewood Workshop in the Great Lakes Region.

The National Firewood Workshop focuses on the important elements important to operating a profitable firewood business, including-

  • Log sourcing from rural and urban forests

  • Splitter and firewood processing equipment

  • Insect and quarantines

  • Marketing of firewood

  • Business management

  • Firewood dry kilns and seasoning methods

We typically have attendees from these groups-

  • Landowners

  • Foresters

  • Loggers

  • Firewood businesses

  • Equipment dealers and manufacturers

  • Firewood buyers and brokers

  • Education

We had 125 attendees and offered a wide variety of equipment demonstrations of firewood production equipment.

The cost to attend was $30 per person.  Our lunch was a buffet style local pork and barbeque chicken in the North Carolina style..

Harry Watt of NCSU Wood Products Extension was the contact and phone 704-880-3067.

Here are the links for five slide shows of presentations.  We will soon offer some of the presentations on YouTube.

1-Harry Watt-Firewood Business Management

2-Harry Watt-Firewood Marketing

3-Marcus Steigerwaldt, Processing Equipment, Multitek

4-Chris Terrell, Stoves, Englander Wood Stoves

5-Paul Chaloux, Insects, APHIS

Below are the links for our video taping of the classroom discussions at the 2017 National Firewood Workshop:

1-Firewood Business Session-Harry Watt, NCSU Wood Products Extension

2-Firewood Marketing Session-Harry Watt, NCSU Wood Products Extension

3-Firewood Business Owners Tell All-Multiple Firewood Business Owners

4-The Twists and Turns of an Arborist That Buys a Firewood Processor, Steven Fisher, Fisher Tree Service

5-Firewood Processors-Marcus Steigerwaldt-Multitek

6-Update of WERC Processor Review Project + Ideas for Automation of Firewood Businesses-Harry Watt

Here are the links for pdf educational handouts and newsletters regarding the NFW and the business of firewood:

1-Firewood Business Strategy Example

2-NFW Newsletter-April 3rd, 2017

3-Nebraska Guide Heating With Wood G1554

4-NFW 2017 Promotion Poster

5-15 Tips to Start a Business Selling Firewood By Next Weekend-by

6-Cord Chart

7-1980 USFS Firewood Processor Study

8-Firewood weight chart

9-2017 NFW Agenda

10-Firewood Kilns Talk by Neils Jorgensen from NFW 2012

11-Why, How, and Where is the Money, Neils Jorgensen, 2011 Sawmill Magazine article

12-Cooking Wood Discussion

Take this link for highlights of the 2016 National Firewood Workshop that was held in Maryland.  This link to the 2017 NFW in Maryland contains links of YouTube video of the speakers for this event.


WPE Priorities:
* Assist NC wood products businesses to grow sales and profitability
* Assist NC wood products businesses to develop new products and and new markets
Assist NC wood products businesses to improve competitiveness
* Assist employees of NC wood products businesses in wood knowledge and wood business skills



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Contact: Harry W. Watt, Wood Products Specialist, cell 704-880-5034, email

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