Heating oil prices are falling. Natural gas utilities predict lower bills this winter. But the cost is rising for one heating fuel: firewood.
Across Eastern and Central Massachusetts, firewood dealers are reporting short supplies and prices that are running 15 to 20 percent higher than they were last year.
In Groton, Steven Morton, owner of Steven’s Firewood, said he ran out of seasoned wood in August, about three months earlier than most years, despite boosting his prices to $325 a cord from $275 last year.
At Little Brook Logging and Garden Center in Saugus, owner Rick Maltais increased prices by $50 a cord, to $375 for seasoned wood and $275 for so-called green wood, which needs about six months to dry. In past years, Maltais said, he could depend on deliveries of 30 cords of seasoned wood a day; this year he’s getting