Regional cold snap spikes firewood sales

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- When the mercury levels fall, most residents depend on a reliable, traditional source of heat -- the fireplace.

In turn, increased fireplace use results in more and more firewood.

Firewood sales have spiked throughout the area over the last couple of weeks. One of the vendors that can attest to that is Lowe's on North Westover Boulevard.

"Sales have been through the roof," Store Manager Mike Daniel said. "The traffic has been heavy because of the cold weather. (The demand) is doing exactly what I would have anticipated."

The increased demand on firewood sales has caused the supply at Lowe's to run out at times. There was no supply left at the store on Monday afternoon, but officials were expecting another shipment to arrive overnight.

While demand is generally heavier when the weather is colder, Daniel said the interest he has seen has surpassed what he would expect to have during the winter.

"We do well in normal conditions, but it has spiked more," he said.

Daniel said he would anticipate the demand to slip back down when the temperatures creep back up.

Tom Shanks of Rooster Lawn Care, a business that operates in Leesburg and Albany, has noticed a significant increase in wood sales. So far, Shanks said he has sold 24 cords of wood this winter, more than twice the output he would have in a year.

"I've sold more wood this year than the last two years," he said. "People just like burning wood."

A full cord measures 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet, and is the standard firewood measure.

Being that it is the season, Shanks said he would anticipate the momentum to continue through the end of the month.

"This has been such a cold snap," he said. "(The demand) is probably going to go on for a couple of weeks."

An employee who answered the phone at Woodall's on North Westover Boulevard said their wood sales have been high recently. The store's manager was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

An arctic high pressure system brought temperatures down into the teens at the start of the new year in Southwest Georgia, and the outbreak has continued to linger. Forecasts for the area predict temperatures will warm back up into the 60s by the end of the week.