Environmental Management

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 359–365 | Cite as

Determining residential firewood consumption

  • Allan P. C. Marsinko
  • Douglas R. Phillips
  • H. Ken Cordell


Household firewood use has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past few years. Significant problems remain in estimating firewood consumption. Methods of determining the amount of wood consumed vary from state to state. Units used for measuring firewood vary, but the cord remains the researcher's favorite. Factors used for converting other units, such as pickup truck loads to cords also vary. People who do not use firewood are less likely to respond to mailed surveys, resulting in potential overestimates of statewide consumption. This paper identifies some problems associated with estimating household firewood consumption and recommends methods of dealing with them.

Key words

Firewood Fuelwood Wood fuel Fireplace Woodburning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan P. C. Marsinko
    • 1
  • Douglas R. Phillips
    • 2
  • H. Ken Cordell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ForestryClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  2. 2.Management of Piedmont Hardwoods USDA Forest Service Southeastern Forest Experiment StationClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  3. 3.Southeastern Forest Experiment Station Forestry Sciences LaboratoryUrban Foresty in the South USDA Forest ServiceAthensUSA

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