University of Maryland Extension

National Firewood Workshop

Firewood processing demonstration
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Western Maryland Research & Education Center
18330 Keedysville Rd
Keedysville, MD 21756
United States
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Harry Watt, Wood Products specialist, North Carolina State University

The National Firewood Workshop will be held April 21, 2016 at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, MD (near Hagerstown) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one-day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood. The intent is to help firewood producers, firewood buyers, firewood equipment makers, foresters and arborists, landowners, loggers, extension agents, and woodstove manufacturers, make money in the firewood business. The program is sponsored by the Wood Education and Resource Center, University of Maryland Extension, Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and North Carolina State University.

The program will include outdoor demonstration of firewood processing equipment as well as classroom discussions by leading firewood industry professionals. The range of classroom topics will include: selling and marketing; finding buyers; purchasing requirements by  wholesale brokers and chain store buyers; managing a firewood processing business; sourcing affordable logs; equipment for sawing and splitting; heating options for kilns; firewood quarantines; dry kiln equipment and methods; and firewood associations.

Program information and registration (by credit card) can be found at:

A brochure, agenda, and directions to the facility is available. The registration can be mailed in with a check by completing the registration form on the program brochure. The registration fee is $30 before April 11, 2016 and $40 afterwards. The registration deadline is April 17, 2016.

Continuing education credits are available from the Society of American Foresters, MD Master Logger, and Mid-Atlantic International Society of Arboriculture. See brochure for details.

For more information and to register by mail, click on "National Firewood Workshop information and registration (PDF)" below. For information about registration, please contact Pam Thomas, University of Maryland Extension ( or 301-432-2767 x315.

$30.00 before April 10th; $40.00 after April 10th
Pam Thomas
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Contact Phone: 
301-432-2767 x315
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