Firewood in the Blue Mountains is stolen

Snuggle up to your stolen forest fire this winter

“…excellent quality, excellent service. We only source premium sustainable hardwood firewood (Ironbark and Box).”

Yeah sure you do, because it’s stolen from native forests when nobody’s watching.

Which forest for the restaurant industry?  RFS Hazard Reduction for Firewood profiteering?


No permit. No certification.  Any claim of sustainable is just lying advertising.

Legitimate Red Ironbark timber flooring retails for $100 per lineal metre.  So if you’re buying ironbark firewood off the back of a truck $140 a cubic metre, it is surely illegally taken from native forests.  Ever wonder why the ex-crim looking delivery driver only takes cash?

Firewood supplied across Australia is a cash black market run by criminal types.  It’s a winter scam.


If the firewood is not certified as plantation timber with an Australian Standard AS4708, then the firewood is likely stolen, which means you are in receipt of stolen goods.

And beware of this label photocopied in black and white


So snug up to an ironbark wood fire this winter and know you are part of the deforestation problem driving threatened woodland species into extincting. 

Your grand kids will ask why you were so selfish, when they see there’s none left – just like trying to buy Turpentine flooring these days.

Box Ironbark forest in central Victoria dominated by Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus tricarpa)

© Ian Lunt, ^


Criminal Loggers Caught


Pizzas sponsored by RFS commercial Hazard Reduction on the side?


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One Response to “Firewood in the Blue Mountains is stolen”

  1. Editor says:

    Barbara says:

    “The photos say it all – what is happening to the forests is criminal and sadly not policed enough and there are very few if any prosecutions. Years ago, our conservation group was planting in National Park and we heard chain saws, so the ranger asked us to go with him to catch the culprits, he made sure that they were prosecuted, however the fine was so very small almost laughable for the amount of effort he put in. I think the laws have to change and there should be stricter policing of the national parks – I also think that the most important portfolio in governments should be natural environment, because our very survival depends on healthy ecosystem services and so does economy.”

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