June 20-21, 2018

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center
3775 S. Reese Road
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

This is a two-day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood.

Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Morning and afternoon sessions focus on the basics and challenges of producing and marketing firewood and the technical aspects of firewood production.
(Includes breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner and evening social hour.)

Thursday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Morning session focuses on policy and regulatory challenges, safe transportation of firewood, kiln certifications, and lessons learned.
(Includes breakfast.)

Topics include:

  • Selling and marketing
  • Finding buyers
  • Purchasing requirements by wholesale brokers and chain-store buyers
  • Managing a firewood processing business
  • Sourcing affordable logs
  • Equipment for sawing and splitting
  • Heating options for kilns
  • Firewood quarantines
  • Dry kiln equipment and methods
  • Selling green kiln and dried split wood
  • Firewood associations
  • Urban logs as sources of firewood

Who Can Benefit From Attending This Workshop?

  • Firewood producers
  • Firewood buyers
  • Firewood equipment makers
  • Foresters and arborists
  • Landowners, loggers
  • Extension agents
  • Woodstove manufacturers
Cost: $35 per person

Educational credit hours are available for foresters and arborists.


Standard rooms are available at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center. Premium rooms have one king bed or two double beds with a balcony & river view. Two types of suites are also available: family suites & whirlpool suites. Whirlpool suites include one king bed and a pullout sofa in a large, spacious room with a whirlpool in either the bedroom or the bathroom. Family suites include a sitting room with a pullout sofa, television and small table; as well as a bedroom with two double beds. Family suites have a standard bathroom (no whirlpool). All rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. They also offer complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel and banquet center.

June 19 - June 21, 2018
$99.00 per standard room
$109.00 per premium room
$174.00 per suite

Rates are per night for up to four guests in each room; rates are subject to 6% state sales tax and 5% county occupancy tax. There is an additional $15 charge (which includes a rollaway) per person for a 5th or 6th person in the same room. Rollaway bed charges are $15 per night and cribs are $5 per night.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-855-652-7200 and referencing our group number. Our group number is 12Q41F. A credit card guarantee is required at the time a reservation is made.

Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance of arrival. Requests for specific room types or room placement are offered on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made within 30 days of arrival will be accepted only as space and rate availability permit.

Group rooms are not blocked together in the same area of the hotel. If guests would like their rooms together, they must be booked at the same time within the same phone call. The method of payment for each room must be given when the reservation is made.

Cancellation must be made at least forty-eight hours in advance of arrival to avoid being charged a cancellation fee of the first night’s room and tax.

Check-In Time is 3 p.m., and Check-Out Time is 11 a.m. We do not allow pets. Per State of Michigan law, the entire hotel is non-smoking, including all public areas, guest rooms and balconies. For more information visit us at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For additional information information contact Lindsay Pingel Welsmiller at 517-355-0097or pingell@msu.edu.