From our beginning over 35 years ago, to now being North America’s largest producer of kiln-dried packaged firewood, Hotsticks has always insisted on shipping only the very best Quality hardwood available.
Hotsticks – previously called Gish Logging Inc. – was founded by Ernie Gish and Mike Jones in 1984. A strong work ethic, a quality product and loyalty to the customer is what was used to build the company from the beginning.
This same business method is still being used today by Mikes two sons Michael and Eric who bought Ernie’s share of the business when he retired in 2014.
From our beginning over 35 years ago, to now being North America’s largest producer of kiln-dried packaged firewood, Hotsticks has always insisted on shipping only the very best Quality hardwood available. Our team understood if we treated each customer, no matter their size, as we did our first customer with devotion and dedication, we would someday be the largest producer of quality-packaged firewood in the USA.
Gish Logging’s packaged firewood is marketed under the “Hotsticks” trademark.” We are a fully integrated firewood operation controlling the product from the forest to the shelf, with the raw material, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation capacity to supply your total packaged firewood needs. Hotsticks is also EDI and EFT capable for easy ordering and tracking. All of our products are UPC coded for retail and inventory convenience.
Our location is one of our greatest assets. We are located in south central Pennsylvania. Hotsticks is within a 100-mile radius of Baltimore, Harrisburg and Washington D.C., and a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In less than 20 minutes, we can access the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 81, Interstate 70, the CXS Intermodal rail terminal in Chambersburg, Pa. and the Norfolk Southern rail terminal in Greencastle, PA.
We use sawdust to Fuel our Kiln oven utilizing a State of the Art “wood-gasification system. As a result of our “best in industry” kiln-drying process. Hotsticks is USDA certified to be Bug Free, Mold Free and Spore Free. This unprecedented achievement allows our packaged firewood to be shipped (in compliance with USDA treatment schedule T314-a) anywhere in the United Sates, including all State and National Parks. This accomplishment is especially advantageous to the Food and Grocery Industry whereby, Hotsticks, because of its USDA certification is 100% Safe for cooking and can be legally stored and transported with food items, including Grocery warehouses and inside Restaurants.
Hotsticks is committed to protecting one of Earth’s most valuable resource, the Forest. We only purchase from timber companies that abide by strict local, state and federal guidelines. Hotsticks also encourages and supports local forest rejuvenation. Hotsticks is very conscience of the environmental footprint. Our kiln boiler uses a state of the art wood gasification system, which uses sawdust for fuel in our kilns boiler, eliminating the need to harvest fossil fuels such as oil or coal. Hotsticks also has no waste that goes to landfills from processing our products. Even the scrap and miss-sized firewood is processed into 100% all natural landscape mulch. We want our grandchildren to experience the forest as we do; majestic, inspiring and beautiful!