Harsh winter causing shortage of firewood

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – There is a demand for firewood that suppliers are struggling to supply during a harsh winter.

A pile of sawdust is a testament to the countless hours Kirk Anderson has spent cutting log after log at his business in Xenia.

“For sales, it’s been real good,” said Anderson.

So good in fact, he is having trouble keeping up with the orders.

“We’ve got customers who normally buy two cords,” said Anderson. “They’re coming back for their third or fourth cord. This cold spell has got it to where the phones are ringing.”

A bitter winter has had people looking for cheaper options to stay warm.

An easy alternative has been to burn fire instead of gas.

But some supplies are starting to run dry.

“It’s getting hard to get,” said Anderson. “A lot of guys are running out. Some tree trimmers might still have some.”

Anderson Landscaping just had a second shipment of delivered Thursday.

It is not even a tenth of the pile he had in the first shipment.

Another reason for the shortage is that loggers have had trouble getting their supplies out to the public.

“My loggers were supposed to be in here a week and a half ago when it was muddy,” said Anderson. “Now, it has refroze. They’re having a hard time getting in and hauling stuff.”

With the new shipment, he is catching up on the backlog.

But with the way winter is rolling, Anderson does not expect it to last long.

He is just hoping a break in the weather will allow him to get it all cut.

“This weekend is looking good,” said Anderson. “We’ll split all day tomorrow and all weekend trying to get caught back up.”

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