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Monday, December 26, 2016

Why Firewood Doesn’t Grow on Trees

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You’ve made your winter getaway plans to our little tree-covered Bowen Island. You’ve read through the Welcome Guide, which mentions you’ll be getting four logs per night to make a cozy fire... Wonderful! You feel warmer already as you picture lazing by a crackling fire all day and night. Until you realize that four logs won't last all day and night…

While we would love to fulfill your wishes for unlimited wood, and even though we’re surrounded by trees, simple economics prevents us from doing that. We’d like to take a minute to explain why, as well as offer you some tips for planning ahead to ensure your stay is as cozy as you’d like it to be.




Wood is the Price of Gold

The short story is that firewood is extremely expensive on Bowen Island, whether it’s harvested here or brought over from the mainland.

In the summer, delivery, splitting, and stacking costs us $680.00 for a true cord of dry hardwood, plus $80.00 for our kindling supply, per property. At the Lazy Bowen Hideaway and the Lazy B Waterfront Suite, we have the storage capacity for a cord and a half. If we needed to re-supply with another cord in the winter, that price would go up to $800.00, if any were to be available. (It’s common for none to be available come January). So our summer wood stock is meant to last 7 months for all our guests’ enjoyment.

In addition, during the off-season, our rental rates are at their lowest and yet our costs for renting our properties are at their highest. In the darker, colder part of the year, we all use more power for lighting and heating. So carefully managing our costs in all categories is how we continue to offer quality, clean, and well maintained vacation rentals to our guests.

Fires are not necessary to heat the properties, as all have modern heating systems. They are a lovely treat to be treasured while you sip a beverage and relax by the meditative flames.


Solving Guests’ Wood Woes

We understand that our guests are excited about the opportunity to have a real fire, as wood-burning fireplaces are being banned in the city and even for new construction on Bowen Island. If you’re booked at one of our properties that have a fireplace, (the Lazy Bowen Hideaway, the Lazy B Waterfront Suite, or the Eastman Waterfront Retreat), and you’re dismayed by the limited wood supply, we have a few solutions.

Bring firewood from off-island. You’re welcome to purchase additional dry, seasoned firewood and kindling before arriving on Bowen Island, to burn all day long. It’s often sold at supermarkets, gas stations, and home hardware stores, but unfortunately, not on Bowen. (Please make sure it's split small, as we don't supply axes).

Purchase additional bundles from us.
As a convenience, we leave three extra wrapped bundles of wood for you to purchase at $20 per bundle (tax inclusive). This is pricier than on the mainland, but it includes the cost of wood and the labour to bundle it. The bundled wood has been a popular convenience for our guests since no other bundles are for sale elsewhere on Bowen. 




Build your fire efficiently. Make your fire last longer by building it efficiently, “upside-down.” Click here to learn how.


Never gather wood from the local beach or trails. Wet or beach wood is to never be used as firewood as it deposits creosote in the chimney, creating dangerous burning conditions.

Savour the Fire. While expensive hotels may offer only one 3-hour log or set up only one evening fire, we offer 4 logs, kindling, and paper per night because we feel it’s a treat that we want all of our guests to enjoy daily during the wood burning season. Let your fire be a reminder to savour and treasure the moment, and enjoy every minute of your stay. 


To book your vacation on Bowen Island, BC, head to www.bowenislandaccommodations.net 

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