There are two accepted methods of selling firewood
- by volume e.g. 3 cubic metres or 1.5 cubic metres etc
- by description, e.g. trailer load, sackful or truckload.
References and advertisements to sales by volume must be in cubic metres (m3).
The cord is not a legal unit of measurement and must not be used.
It is a legal requirement for firewood to be sold as a 'thrown measure'. This means that the quantity of wood is measured as if it were thrown into a container.
Certified measures on firewood merchant vehicles
When selling by volume, firewood merchants are required to have the measure on their vehicle approved and verified as containing a stated volume.
When a measure on a vehicle is approved and in use for trade it is required to have:
- The approval documentation carried in the vehicle at all times.
- A mark of verification stamped on each measure.
- If more than one measure; individual numbering on each measure.
- Signwriting on the measure stating its size and that it is approved e.g. "Trading Standards approved 3m3"
Firewood measures are approved as brim measures. This means that the contents are correct when level with the top surface of the measure.
Requirement to provide invoice
When firewood is sold by volume and delivered to the purchaser the seller must, as soon as practicable, deliver or send to the purchaser an invoice or delivery note that shows:
- the true measure of firewood delivered; and
- the address, telephone numbers, and email address (if any) of the seller.
Penalties for breaching the Weights and Measures Act
For delivering short measure a fine up to a maximum of $10,000, on conviction in the District Court. Alternatively an Infringement Offence Notice maybe issued, the fee for which is $500.
For failing to use a verified measure or measuring instrument, a fine of up to $10,000, on conviction in the District Court. Alternatively an Infringement Offence Notice may be issued, the fee for which is $200.
For failing to provide an invoice or delivery note a fine up to a maximum of $2,000, on conviction in the District Court. Alternatively an Infringement Offence Notice maybe issued, the fee for which is $200.