Tips: Buying firewood

FRESNO, Calif.

The State Department of Agriculture says firewood can only be sold by the "cord" which must equal 128-cubic-feet. In the Central Valley, a cord of wood is between $100 and $275.

Some wood dealers try to sell firewood from a pick-up truck. The State Ag Department says consumers should be on their guard, because a pick-up cannot hold a cord of firewood. An 8-foot truck bed can hold one-half of a cord while a 6-foot bed can barely hold one-third of a cord.

If you don't get all the wood you're due, contact the seller, but if that doesn't help, call the county Weights and Measures Office.

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