Skip to comments.Heating pellets prove to be in short supply in NH
Posted on 02/27/2014 2:04:18 PM PST by nhwingut
Carol Newby's search for bags of wood pellets to fuel the family pellet stove took her on a tour of Southern New Hampshire last week, with little success.
"We usually get them at the local Agway," she said, "but they were in short supply and what they had was committed to customers who'd made pre-buys."
She was able to get a few bags at the Lowe's in Epping, but when she went back, they were out. After coming up empty at tractor supply stores in Epping and Hooksett, she tried a nearby Home Depot, which also had no pellets to sell.
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Wait a minute,
Aren’t, “heating pellets” really just coal?
Gots to get rid of the evil stuff even if the little people freeze.
I believe there are farmers who burn corn in their pellet stoves. All depends on the price of corn and the price of the pellets, I guess.
I’ve been hearing similar stories from our neighbors here in central Vermont. All the usual suppliers in the area are out of pellets.
I buy in the spring and keep a supply in the garage, partly because I don’t want to run out and partly because in the past that has been a cheaper time to buy. Also, bulk delivery is cheaper.
I keep 6 tons out there (6 pallets) and so far I haven’t used more than 5 tons in a single winter.
Wood pellets are mostly made from sawdust gotten from sawmills, so otherwise it would likely go to waste.
Our pellet stove seems to release a lot less smoke than the wood stove. I’ve never actually seen it coming out of the stovepipe, although the pipe needs to be cleaned. Luckily, Vermonters consider burning wood to be clean and local—unlike California, where they send out squads of stove police to arrest anyone caught burning wood in their fireplaces.
From what I have heard, you need a special stove for burning corn. With the sugar in the corn it will leave a sappy residue if used in a (strictly) wood pellet stove. The corn stoves have a special augur/rod that spins the corn when its in the burn pot so the ashes are always moving and dont build up with the sap. Whereas wood pellets leave a dry ash.
Sold out in Worcester area for two weeks now. Lowes can’t estimate a delivery. I used to buy a season’s worth, but they took up too much space. Buying a few bags at a time worked the last two seasons, bit not this year. Next year I’ll buy a pallet ahead of the season, to keep as a buffer.
Only pellet systems I’ve seen are in South Korea and they used coal pellets.
Just to more edumacate me,
are these wood pellets similar to hardwood lump charcoal like I use in my Big Green Egg?
“Whereas wood pellets leave a dry ash.”
If you get high-quality hardwood pellets. Some of the stuff you get has a high pine content... smells like a Christmas tree when you open the bag.
The supply of wood pellets always seems to dry up long about March. I used to order 3-tons for the season, and was always scrambling for an extra ton toward Spring.
Smaller in size and very uniform in shape. Most that I've seen are like little cylindrical pieces of compressed sawdust. They look a lot like processed pet foods, like something you'd buy to feed a hamster or rabbit.
I usually buy a ton (pallet) per month. And I went to get my ton for March earlier this week and had no luck. There is not a single bag for sale at the regular suppliers in NH (Lowes, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Aubachon, TruValu, etc).
I did find a guy on craigslist that’s selling them. But he can only sell 10 bags per person due to shortage. He wants to help as many people as possible (to get through shortage) - and not just a few. He told me today he’s getting calls from NY and VT willing to pay him double for a ton.
Break up the furniture. You’re in New Hampshire, right? Improvise.
If I had a corn stove could I use Corn Flakes.
-— He told me today hes getting calls from NY and VT willing to pay him double for a ton. -—
Wow. It’s strange that the price doesn’t float, like with gas or oil. I guess it would be perceived as “price gouging.” Can’t say as I blame Lowes, et. al. Who needs some stupid news reporter tearing down your business?
Nice gig. Set up a website to review wood pellets. And await the free bags of pellets at your door. What a country.
The pellets here are compressed sawdust.Pellet mills are available on Ebay to make your own.
Don’t use Frosted Flakes.
We used three tons of pellets last year. We bought 4 tons for this year figuring we’d have plenty left over. Because of the cold, it looks like we’ll be using most of the 4 tons.
A friend who uses pellet heat part time in his outbuilding gets them a pickup truck load at a time. He had trouble finding any earlier this week due to the shortage. One retailer wanted close to 2x the regular price. He finally found a few bags at the regular price.
Interesting. Here in virginia where we have had a cold and wet (snow and ice mostly) winter (which continues) our firewood supplier for 20+ years ran out of split wood and went to West Virginia to fill our “early spring replenishment.” We usually use 6-8 cords per winter and we’re on the high end of that range this year. Curiously, the latest west Virginia split oak/mixed hardwood was better cured than Clyde’s usual wood, which we try to dry for an additional six months after delivery.
Winter sucks. I’m ready for Spring.
That’s why a good old cordwood stove is better. You can feed it just about any kind of scrap wood or tree parts you have.
Shutting down coal fired power plants should free up vast supplies of coal to be made into "Coal Pellets"?
A dependable supply of heating fuel that you store in advance on your own property.
With all the wood there is in NH, why in the world would anyone choose to heat with something you have to buy in a bag?
I heard Homeland security bought up 35 Billion rounds of wood pellets....
I’m sure there are a lot of places where you’ll get fined heavily for not using “approved” wood. This is the state of affairs in the formerly free world.
For example, in Phoenix if the temperature drops below 40F, the state always issues “pollution advisories” that trigger a big fine if you’re caught using your wood-burning fireplace.
Once you get north of the ~50 mile zone that is polluted by invaders from their liberal southern neighbor, NH still lives by their State slogan: "Live Free or Die!"...
Nope. Never been to NH.
But, other states are bifurcated as you describe, and the free folks are subjugated by the rotten urban centers so it doesn’t really matter what they think. Washington state is a very good example of this, California is another who treats people outside of the cities like peasants.