Overwhelmingly Affordable Energy
Affordable energy, specifically heating energy, is a hot topic here in Interior Alaska. People are saying that it just costs too much to heat their homes here, but in all actuality, heating one’s home doesn’t have to cost much at all. Here’s how!
Great Alaskan D-I-Y Firewood Links
Up to twenty cords of firewood, to be cut, can be purchased from the FNSB Land Management Office for $10.00 per cord (click here to visit their page with more information). Twenty cords could comfortably heat an average wood burning home, during average winters, for many months – that’s $200.00 for probably more than one winter’s heat!
Free information about cutting, processing, storing, and everything else firewood related in Alaska is abundant on the Internet. Here are a few places to start for Interior Alaskans:
Click here for an information article titled “Cutting Firewood” from the Alaska Department of Forestry. This is a great way to get started for those who would like to cut their own firewood. Please note that this article states, in the second paragraph under the heading “Wood Smoke Affects Air Quality”, that firewood should season six to twelve months. The latest research from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center proves that firewood cut in the spring, that is processed and dried during ideal summer conditions in Interior Alaska, will dry in as little as six weeks (click here if you’re interested in reading this information from CCHRC’s “Curing Firewood in Interior Alaska” article).
Click here for Wayne’s “Informative Links” page.
Click here for Wayne’s “Questions and Answers” page.
If you have viewed the links above and still have questions or need more information, please feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail at (907)-488-WHWC (9492) or WayneHuntertheWoodCutter@yahoo.com. We’d be honored to do what we can to help you.
State of Alaska Heating Assistance and Local Firewood Processing Equipment Rentals
The State of Alaska Heating Assistance Program (HAP) will pay for chainsaw fuel and gas to get to and from wood cutting areas on snow machines, for qualified applicants. From section 3008-2 of the Alaska Heating Programs Policy Manual:
“If a household’s primary heating source is wood and they self-harvest their own wood, their grant can be used for gasoline and two-cycle oil. In these cases it is understood that the use of the gasoline and oil are for chain saw and snow machine use in the harvesting and transporting of wood. Customers can only purchase gasoline if the vendor notice states, “If you supply chainsaw fuel the above grant may be used to purchase same.” If the notice does not state this and that is all the customer uses, the vendor must contact the Heating Assistance Program. “
If you would like more information about the State of Alaska Heating Assistance Program (HAP), click here for their website. If you need more assistance or would like to purchase firewood from Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter through the HAP program, give us a call or send us an e-mail at (907)-488-WHWC (9492) or WayneHuntertheWoodCutter@yahoo.com; we’d be glad to meet with you to see what we can do to help, as Wayne has information and applications available and can answer many questions regarding the program.
Other costs a person who cuts their own firewood might incur incur (other than vehicle gas, proper chainsaw cutting gear, and wear and tear on their vehicles) in getting firewood through the State of Alaska HAP would be if they needed to purchase a chainsaw, splitting maul, or other equipment. However, these may even be available to borrow from friends or family. Another solution may be that a couple of people could go to the woods together and help each other out/share equipment for the day so that each can get some wood.
Chainsaws and firewood splitters can also be rented in Fairbanks from *The Woodway (click here for more information). *Rod’s Saw Shop in Fairbanks rents chainsaws, as well (click here for more information).
Purchasing a Wood Stove
As for the cost of a stove, one can check local selling lists or make payments, if need be, on a heating appliance at a local dealer. It is a one-time purchase that can bring years of economical warmth to an Interior Alaskan family.
At this time, the Fairbanks North Star Borough has a wood stove change out program that can help make affording a new stove easier (click here for the change out program website).
Wayne’s Payment Plan Options and Free Firewood
If you don’t qualify for the State of Alaska Heating Assistance Program, but need firewood to season for next year, please do consider giving us a call or sending us an e-mail at (907)-488-WHWC (9492) or WayneHuntertheWoodCutter@yahoo.com. Wayne is willing to work with many Interior Alaskans (at his sole discretion) to come up with a payment plan that is affordable. Click here for his two payment plan options, if you’d like, and if neither of these work for you, feel free to give him a call or send him a message to talk about what might work better.
Widows age sixty and over in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are welcome to receive one free cord of Wayne’s split and stacked green 100% birch firewood per year. No purchase is necessary.
There’s one more thing that Fairbanks North Star Borough residents can do for affordable energy, and that is to check Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter’s Facebook page every Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. for his “Free Firewood Fridays” give-a-way! This is an opportunity to win a free cord of Wayne’s green (unseasoned) split 100% birch firewood or $300.00 off of the price of a log truck load of his green 100% birch firewood logs! More information on this can be found by clicking here.
It is Wayne’s sincerely held belief that every home in Interior Alaska should have a wood stove and an emergency supply of seasoned firewood; this just makes good sense. He’s here to do what he can to make this happen in an around the Fairbanks North Star Borough!
*Wayne Hunter the Wood Cutter is not affiliated with The Woodway or Rod’s Saw Shop. Wayne linked to them because they are the only local businesses that he knows of that rents firewood cutting equipment.