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Norway merchants help customers see the wood from the trees. A new labeling scheme for firewood has been created to make it easier for customers to make an informed choice when buying. “Firewood is sold in many forms, in small and big bags, and different wood types. Many customers are a little confused,” said firewood expert Øyvind Stranna Larsen from wood interest forum Norsk Ved.               The new currently voluntary scheme is a result of a two-year cooperation between six companies and institutions – Norsk Ved, the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute through the University of Life Sciences in Ås, the Forestry Initiatives Fund, Innovation Norway, Enova and fireplace and cast-iron stove company Jøtul.

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Norway merchants help customers see the wood from the trees

Published on Friday, 17th January, 2014 at 14:30 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 17th January 2014 at 15:38.

A new labeling scheme for firewood has been created to make it easier for customers to make an informed choice when buying.

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Consumers in Norway will now know more about the wood they are buying, thanks to industry and academic cooperation. Chopped up wood
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“Firewood is sold in many forms, in small and big bags, and different wood types. Many customers are a little confused,” said firewood expert Øyvind Stranna Larsen from wood interest forum Norsk Ved.              

The new currently voluntary scheme is a result of a two-year cooperation between six companies and institutions – Norsk Ved, the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute through the University of Life Sciences in Ås, the Forestry Initiatives Fund, Innovation Norway, Enova and fireplace and cast-iron stove company Jøtul.

Packs of firewood will now be labeled with information about the moisture level of the wood, how many kilograms a bag contains, and what it costs per kilowatt-hour to burn it.

“Thus, customers can compare one bag of firewood with another, as well as directly with the price of electricity,” Mr Stranna Larsen also told NRK, adding that good quality dry wood should not contain more than about 20 percent moisture.            

Moreover, additional information is available from trade organization Norsk Varme and Ilstedet (external links, in Norwegian only) – an organization that informs consumers about stove manufacturers.

They advise customers to check the dryness of the wood by looking for distinctive dry cracks.

Ildstedet’s website also tipped buyers to hit the logs together and listen for a ‘singing’ sound.

Different types of wood also affect the heat value efficiency. Hardwoods such as oak and beech have the highest heat value – with one kilo of either giving approximately 4.3 kWh.

Spruce provides the same amount of heat value, but a larger volume is needed as the wood is lighter than beech. Types of wood considered best to use are rowan, beech, oak, ash, and birch.

Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute researcher Simen Gjølsjø warns customers not to assume the weight listed on sacks/bags of wood is the weight they pay for.

He has looked into this matter, and welcomes the new labeling system, even though it is voluntary for now.

“It will also put pressure on producers, who must fill the bags properly from now on,” he told NRK.

Norsk Ved’s has produced a guide to the so-termed ‘Norwegian standard’ for firewood bags with the following measurements:

  • 40 liter - 50 x 72 cm
  • 60 liter - 60 x 80 cm
  • 80 liter - 60 x 100 cm



Published on Friday, 17th January, 2014 at 14:30 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 17th January 2014 at 15:38.

This post has the following tags: norwaywood, woodburningnorway, heating.





  
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