2017 National Firewood Workshop
April 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
APRIL 27, 2017
Iredell County Agricultural Center
Statesville, North Carolina
The National Firewood Workshop is a one day event that offers educational and networking opportunities to the split firewood industry. It is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) of Princeton, WV and focuses on the firewood industry of the thirty‐five states east of the Great Plains. The workshop‘s main focus is to offer ideas and discussions on how businesses can boost profits in the split firewood industry. The topics to be covered include reports from the two associations that serve the firewood industry, a report from the WERC Firewood Processor Study, management and business issues with ideas to grow sales and profitability, equipment to produce split firewood and dry it properly in kilns, insects and quarantine issues, wood stove design and emission issues, marketing firewood to a wide variety of categories of buyers, forestry supply issues for firewood businesses, and providing networking contacts. This workshop is approved for 5.5 hours of CFE contact hours credit in Category 1-CF from Society of American Foresters.
THIS YEAR’S TOPICS INCLUDE:
|Selling and marketing
Purchasing requirements by wholesale brokers and chain store buyers
Managing a firewood processing business
Sourcing affordable logs
Equipment for sawing and splitting
WERC Firewood Processor Study
|Heating options for kilns
Dry kiln equipment and methods
Other related products
Selling green and kiln dried split wood
Urban logs as sources of firewood logs
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ATTENDING?
- Firewood producers
- Firewood buyers
- Firewood equipment makers
- Foresters and arborists
- Landowners, loggers
- Extension agents
- Woodstove manufacturers
The workshop is a one day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood. This workshop is currently being reviewed for CFE credits from the Society of American Foresters.
WORKSHOP LOCATION AND LODGING
The workshop will be held at the Iredell County Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677. Both concurrent sessions and the BBQ lunch will be held in this facility. Statesville is best served by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and is located 1-hour drive north of the airport. When driving, the Iredell County Cooperative Extension office is near Exit 148 on I-40 just west of the I-77 Cloverleaf.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
Advanced registration fee of $30 is required and can be paid by major credit card or check payable to NC State University. Included in your registration is the packet of handout materials, and complimentary coffee service at the beginning of the workshop and buffet BBQ lunch. You may register online through this website, or by calling Kelley McCarter at NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at 919-515-9563. Those registering online will be able to receive future notifications of other similar workshops or any other educational programs from NC State University Cooperative Extension Wood Products.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING & SUPPORT FROM…
This workshop is part of the Wood Education and Resource Center effort to serve the 35 States East of the Great Plains.
The work upon which this workshop is based was funded in whole or in part through a grant awarded by the Wood Education and Resource Center, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service.
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