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Firewood sticker shock coming this winter

More Wisconsinites will burn wood this winter to try and keep their heating bills under control.

But if you don't cut your own firewood, you might find sticker shock at the store.

Some dealers in southeast Wisconsin have raised their prices by 30 percent, mainly because of the higher cost of processing and distributing firewood.

Experts say it takes 18 gallons of fuel for the chainsaws, wood-splitters, and trucks to cut and deliver the average cord of wood.

Mixed woods are selling for around $275 a cord in Metro Milwaukee. And white oak costs $350 or more.

Even at those prices, wood is still cheap compared to the oil that would give you the same amount of heat as a cord of wood. That translates to 155 gallons of home heating oil, which would cost you around $570.