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ATTORNEY GENERAL, AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER OFFER CONSUMER TIPS ON BUYING FIREWOOD
November 18, 2004
NOVEMBER 16, 2004
STEVEN ROWE, ATTORNEY GENERAL, 207-626-8599
HAL PRINCE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, 207-287-3841
In a classic
“About one-and-three-quarter cord,” answers the boy.
“No, that’s not right,” says the teacher.
“I know it ain’t right, but everyone does it,” says the boy.
“There are three basic rules for consumers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Robert W. Spear. “Know who you’re buying from, know what you’re buying, and get a delivery ticket.”
Attorney General Rowe said, “We have received several complaints from consumers this firewood season. While we may go to court on some of those complaints, the best consumer protection results from consumers knowing their rights.”
Measuring firewood: Under
A standard cord is a unit of measure of wood products 4 feet wide, 4 feet high and 8 feet long, or its equivalent, containing 128 cubic feet when the wood is well stacked. For firewood averaging 12 inches long, a standard cord stacks up to be eight feet high and 16 feet long. For firewood averaging 16 inches long, a standard cord stacks up to be eight feet high and 12 feet long. A useful standard cord calculator is available for free on the Internet at http://members.shaw.ca/measurementbc/calcfire.html face="Times New Roman" size=3> This site is not maintained by Maine State Government, but it seems to give accurate results.
A cubic foot is simply a unit of volume measuring one foot by one foot by one foot.
A cord of loose, unstacked wood occupies 180 cubic feet if the wood averages 12 or 16 inches in length; 195 cubic feet if the wood averages 24 inches in length.
The Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Agriculture share responsibility for enforcing the firewood laws. Consumers who believe they have not received the correct measure of firewood may contact the Department of Agriculture at 287-3841 or the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Mediation Program at 1-800-436-2131. To fill out a complaint form online, go to:
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