Buying firewood

There are many places to buy firewood in Victoria, including social media websites, roadside stalls or word of mouth.

It is important to know where firewood comes from, but this isn’t always obvious to buyers when looking at advertisements or signs.

Firewood merchants should source from a wholesale supplier, commercial wood lot or from private land with the permission of the landowner and in accordance with the Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, with firewood illegally taken from our forests appearing on the market.

Illegal firewood removal from our forests creates safety risks, damages the environment, and destroys wildlife habitat.

We urge all Victorians to ask questions before they buy, to avoid inadvertently supporting illegal firewood operators and to reduce the impact of these illegal activities on our environment.

Questions for firewood merchants

The community can report suspected illegal cutting or removal of firewood anonymously by calling 136 186.

For more information on how you can help to protect Victoria’s environment, read the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Biodiversity 2037 report.