Firewood supplier Steve Lurie says the cooler temperatures this winter have been good for business.
Firewood supplier Steve Lurie says the cooler temperatures this winter have been good for business. Renee Pilcher

Business booms as mercury hit zero

FIREWOOD suppliers are flat out keeping up with demand with more people turning to natural heating sources as temperatures drop.

Timber supplier Steve Lurie has delivered more than 100 tonnes of firewood since the start of winter.

While most firewood suppliers estimate a one-to-two week wait, Mr Lurie had “almost caught up” yesterday and was available to deliver a load within 24 hours.

“This is the busiest winter we’ve had, and I’ve been selling firewood for eight years,” he said.

“It’s definitely the coldest winter I’ve experienced while running this business.”

Garry Davis of Barbeques Galore Gympie said he had seen a growing trend in customers’ heating purchases towards wood heating.

The main reasons, he said, were people becoming more green and frugal, and wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills.

Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster Amber Young warned to expect even cooler temperatures for the rest of the week and a further drop in the minimum temperature on Sunday.

She said the chances of breaking any records were rather low however, as the cool south/south-westerly winds eased, it would reduce the minimum temperature again.

“(Today) is forecast to reach zero and maintain the minimum temperature all week to Sunday, when it is expected to drop even further.”

Gympie Times


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