The National Firewood Workshop is coming to New York State on May 7 to the Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Voorheesville, NY. This workshop focuses on the business aspects of the firewood industry in utilizing low grade trees in rural and urban forests to produce firewood.

National professionals will lead the discussions on the firewood industry associations that promote and support businesses in the firewood industry, equipment options to process trees into firewood products, recent firewood drying studies conducted at SUNY Syracuse, options for dry kilns suitable for drying firewood, wood stove design and emission issues, insect problems and quarantines and business success ideas for firewood processors and buyers.

The workshop will have a group of firewood processors and wrapping equipment on site that will be giving demonstrations of converting logs into split firewood.

The workshop starts at 9 am with registration beginning at 8 am. The workshop classroom discussions end at 3:30 pm with demonstrations running until 5 pm. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person and includes lunch and break refreshments.

Registration forms and a workshop brochure can be found on the Cornell website or NCSU website.

Harry Watt, Wood Products Specialist, North Carolina State University is the contact person for this workshop, phone 704-880-5034, email at harry_watt@ncsu.edu. The Wood Education and Resource Center at Princeton, WV is the workshop sponsor.