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Stockpiling for Winter: A Unique Approach to Addressing Firewood Shortages in Perth



As Western Australia shifts from the lingering warmth of summer to the brisk embrace of winter, a pressing concern for households reliant on wood heating is emerging: a looming firewood shortage. This article takes a comprehensive look at the situation, underscored by the logging ban implemented in 2024, and provides a strategic approach to stockpiling firewood to ensure a warm and comfortable winter.


The Firewood Dilemma in Perth

Winter in Perth invites households to gather around the comforting warmth of a fire, making firewood a critical resource. However, the ban on native timber logging, effective in 2024, coupled with already dwindling supplies, has exacerbated concerns about a firewood shortage. This situation calls for proactive measures and strategic planning to secure firewood before the cold sets in.


Key Factors Contributing to the Shortage

The most significant driver behind the anticipated firewood shortage is the WA Government's decision to end native forest logging, which has been both lauded by conservation groups and criticised by forestry communities.


Most firewood in WA comes from native hardwood species, predominantly Jarrah, sourced as by-products of hardwood timber production. This policy change means that the primary source of firewood will be drastically reduced, causing suppliers like Bunbury Firewood to already experience a significant decline in available stock.


Government Assurance and Skepticism

The WA Forestry Minister, Dave Kelly, has assured that there will be an ongoing supply of firewood through ecological thinning and other sources. However, industry stakeholders like John Clarke, a forestry consultant, express deep scepticism over these assurances. Clarke warns that the ramifications of the logging ban will become starkly apparent as winter progresses and firewood stocks deplete.


The Benefits of Stockpiling Firewood


Cost-effective

Securing firewood during off-peak seasons, typically summer or autumn, can be a cost-effective strategy. Prices are generally lower before the winter demand spike, and early purchases can result in significant savings compared to peak-season costs. 


Maintains Quality

Pre-purchasing firewood allows for better quality control. You have the advantage of selecting well-seasoned, dry wood, which burns more efficiently and cleanly, thus providing better heat output and reducing harmful emissions compared to freshly cut or damp wood.


Peace of Mind

Stockpiling firewood ahead of winter eliminates the stress of last-minute purchases and supply shortages. It ensures that your household is prepared for any unexpected cold spells, allowing you to enjoy the winter season without worrying about fuel insufficiency.



Effective Stockpiling Strategies


Choosing the Right Wood

Not all firewoods are created equal. Hardwoods like Jarrah and Mill Ends are preferred for their high energy content and slow burn rate. While softwoods like pine can be useful for kindling, they burn faster and may not provide sustained warmth.



Proper Storage

Proper storage is crucial for maintaining firewood quality. Firewood should be stacked off the ground in a well-ventilated, covered area to prevent moisture exposure. A crisscross stacking pattern can enhance airflow, promoting drying and ensuring the wood remains seasoned and ready to burn.



Assessing Your Needs

Estimating firewood needs requires consideration of your home size, heating requirements, and typical winter duration. Consulting local suppliers can provide insights tailored to your specific situation, helping you avoid both shortages and excess.


Contributing to Sustainable Practices

Securing firewood from sustainable sources helps protect local ecosystems. Look for suppliers who follow responsible forestry practices and hold relevant environmental certifications to ensure that your wood is sourced ethically and sustainably.



At Little Loads, we recognise the importance of a well-heated home during Perth's winters. As experts in firewood supply and stockpiling, we provide top-quality firewood and personalised advice to ensure you are prepared for the cold months ahead. Secure your firewood and enjoy a warm, snug winter—contact us today!


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