How To Buy Firewood In Norway (The Cheap Way)

Electricity used to be super cheap in Norway until 2021, but it is now on par with the rest of Europe. This means that it costs a fortune to heat our houses during the winter, so firewood is a great and much cheaper option if you got a stove. But where exactly can you buy firewood in Norway?

You can buy firewood from farmers / land owners directly on Finn.no in Norway, or buy the firewood at a retailer for a much more expensive price. Most Norwegians buy it directly from a farmer, and get it delivered.

It can actually be a bit difficult to find firewood for sale in Norway unless you know where to look and what to do, so we are going to take a closer look at how you can easily make sure you can buy your firewood.

Firewood
Firewood. Photo published with permission.

How to buy firewood in Norway from local farmers on Finn.no

Most farmers and land-owners who own parts of a forest will cut down the trees and sell it as firewood directly to consumers themselves. This means that the easiest and cheapest method of buying firewood in Norway is to contact one of these firewood sellers directly.

And just like most things in Norway, you’ve got to use Finn.no to get anything done.

Here’s how to find firewood for sale in Norway on Finn.no:

  1. Go to Finn.no’s main website.
  2. Search for “ved“, which is the Norwegian word for firewood.
  3. Use the navigation bar on the left side to limit the findings by region (under the tab “Område“).
  4. Use the same menu to limit the findings by municipalities.
  5. Find some ads that looks promising.

Now the next step is to contact the sellers on the ads that are interesting. Send them a message, let them know that you want to buy firewood. It is common to let them know how much you plan on buying, and finding a mutually good time where you can pick it up or get it delivered.

Most sellers will deliver the firewood to your house for an addition fee, but not all of them. So ask in advance if you cannot pick it up for yourself.

Finn.no screenshot
Screenshot from Finn.no’s main interface.

There will usually be plenty of firewood sellers on Finn, and their prices and conditions vary, so just check out all the interesting ones and get rid of the ones that you don’t like.

If you find a decent deal of buying firewood from a farmer on Finn, you are likely to be able to heat your house much cheaper in the winter compared to if you were using electricity.

An alternative: Use Facebook Marketplace

Many foreigners find Finn.no difficult to navigate and use, especially since it requires you to make an account to get in touch with some sellers. So we have another option on how to get in contact with these firewood selling farmers.

Many of them will also publish a sale post on Facebook where they advertise their firewood. Search for groups like “Ved til salgs i NameOfCity” to find groups where firewood is advertised. You should obviously change NameOfCity to the actual name of your city, town or local area.

Buying firewood from a retail store is an easy option

Many retail stores sell firewood, and it’s not uncommon to find a 40L or 60L bag of firewood for sale here. You can expect to pay a premium if you want to buy from a retail store, and about roughly twice the price as you would expect to pay a farmer if you buy in bulk.

The cost of a 40L bag of birch firewood is around 119 NOK in 2022. You can find the updated prices at Prisjakt, but you should consider yourself lucky if you are able to find it for less than 100 NOK per bag.

You can often find firewood for sale as stores that sell building materials or other big stores that sell a lot of things for your home, and some places to look for firewood are:

  • Coop Obs Bygg.
  • Maxbo.
  • Montér.
  • Bauhaus.
  • Plantasjen.
  • Byggmakker.
  • Certain grocery stores like Meny or Spar.

These places usually don’t deliver, so you need to pick up the firewood yourself. So buying firewood in bulk from a retailer without a car is likely going to present you with some issues.

Firewood for sale at a Meny store
Firewood for sale at a Meny store. Photo by Nicklas Iversen / The Norway Guide.

Stay away from buying firewood at gas stations!

Many gas stations in Norway sell firewood, but as I’ve mentioned a thousand times on this website already, gas stations are incredible expensive in Norway. The same is true for when you are buying firewood, and expect the firewood for sale at gas stations to be at least 50 % more expensive compared to the other retail options mentioned above.

The gas station firewood is fine if you just need a single bag to light a campfire in the woods or something like that, but you should never buy firewood from a gas station to use as a means of heating your house.

A Shell gas station in Nesbyen. Many gas stations will let you buy firewood in Norway, but at a high price point.
A Shell gas station in Nesbyen. Photo by Nicklas Iversen / The Norway Guide.

Should you buy firewood pellets?

Some stores like Europris sell firewood pellets. These are rich in energy, and can produce a high amount of heat in a short time. Many people love using these, but are they worth it?

Firewood pellets used to cost around 20 NOK for a pack of 9 pellets (7.5 kg) a few years ago, but the price has risen to around 75 – 90 NOK per 9 pack in the last two years.

At this new price, the pellets simply are not worth it, and you are likely to be paying more for the heat from the pellets than you would from using electricity for heating.

So stay away from firewood pellets unless you find them at a decent price.

PS. there are also certain fire risks involved with using firewood pellets, so make sure to read up on how to use them in a safe manner!

Make sure to buy your firewood early enough!

Norwegians have a tradition of buying firewood early in the autumn, a long time before they actually need to use it. This has lead to many farmers and even retail stores being completely sold out in December or January, and not getting new deliveries in until the next fall.

This can put you in a situation where you simply cannot buy firewood since there is no supply, or having to resort to buying it as extraordinary prices from the sellers who are preying on people being late.

So if you rent or own a house in Norway and plan on relying on firewood to heat your home for the winter, make sure to buy the firewood early enough.

I personally try to get all my firewood ready during the late summer or early fall, which is at a point where it’s pretty cheap and easy to get my hands on.

A Norwegian house by the fjords
A Norwegian house by the fjords. Photo published with permission.

And that’s pretty much all you need to know when you want to buy firewood in Norway. It’s a bit of a hassle for introverts to get it done since it usually involves calling farmers directly, but this method is by far the cheapest option, so don’t underestimate it.

Let me know in the comments below if you got any other questions that relates to how to buy firewood in Norway!

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