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Heating pellets prove to be in short supply in NH
Union Leader ^ | 02/25/2014 | DAVE SOLOMON

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: energy; heating; heatingpellet; heatingpellets; newhampshire; pellet; pellets; wood; woodpellet; woodpellets

1 posted on 02/27/2014 2:04:18 PM PST by nhwingut
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To: nhwingut

Wait a minute,
Aren’t, “heating pellets” really just coal?
Gots to get rid of the evil stuff even if the little people freeze.


2 posted on 02/27/2014 2:09:09 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: nhwingut

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.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 2:10:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: nhwingut

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.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 2:10:44 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Joe Boucher

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.


5 posted on 02/27/2014 2:13:35 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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 it’s in the burn pot so the ashes are always moving and don’t build up with the sap. Whereas wood pellets leave a dry ash.


6 posted on 02/27/2014 2:19:53 PM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: nhwingut

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.


7 posted on 02/27/2014 2:21:07 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Cicero

Thanks Cicero,
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?
thanks


8 posted on 02/27/2014 2:21:07 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: nhwingut

Thanks.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 2:21:21 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: nhwingut

“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.


10 posted on 02/27/2014 2:27:55 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: Joe Boucher
are these wood pellets similar to hardwood lump charcoal like I use in my Big Green Egg?

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.

11 posted on 02/27/2014 2:29:54 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

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.


12 posted on 02/27/2014 2:32:41 PM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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"Pellet fuels are heating fuels made from compressed biomass. Wood pellets are the most common type. A form of wood fuel, wood pellets are generally made from compacted sawdust or other wastes from sawmilling and other wood products manufacture,.[1] Other woody biomass sources include palm kernel shell, coconut shell, and whole-tree removal or tree tops and branches leftover after logging and which otherwise help replenish soil nutrients.[2] As well grasses can also be pelletized, creating grass pellets. Pellets are manufactured in several types and grades as fuels for electric power plants, homes, and other applications in between.[3] Pellets are extremely dense and can be produced with a low moisture content (below 10%) that allows them to be burned with a very high combustion efficiency.[4]

Further, their regular geometry and small size allow automatic feeding with very fine calibration. They can be fed to a burner by auger feeding or by pneumatic conveying. Their high density also permits compact storage and rational transport over long distance. They can be conveniently blown from a tanker to a storage bunker or silo on a customer's premises.[5] A broad range of pellet stoves, central heating furnaces, and other heating appliances have been developed and marketed since 1993.[citation needed] With the surge in the price of fossil fuels since 2005, the demand for pellet heating has increased in Europe and North America, and a sizable industry is emerging. According to the International Energy Agency Task 40, wood pellet production has more than doubled between 2006 and 2010 to over 14 million tons.[6] In a 2012 report, the Biomass Energy Resource Center says that it expects wood pellet production in North America to double again in the next five years.[7]"

Source: Wikipedia

13 posted on 02/27/2014 2:33:23 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Tallguy
If you get high-quality hardwood pellets.

Exactly. I should have said "leaves a drier ash." Some of the cheap crap uses bark and other filler in their pellets.
14 posted on 02/27/2014 2:34:49 PM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: nhwingut
my relative, use a "corn brick"..compressed corn pellets,
lasted a long time, smelled good/popcorn.

15 posted on 02/27/2014 2:36:49 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: nhwingut

Break up the furniture. You’re in New Hampshire, right? Improvise.


16 posted on 02/27/2014 2:38:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: nhwingut

http://woodpelletreviews.com/


17 posted on 02/27/2014 2:40:33 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Cyber Liberty

If I had a corn stove could I use Corn Flakes.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 2:41:08 PM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: nhwingut

-— He told me today he’s 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?


19 posted on 02/27/2014 2:41:21 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Sacajaweau

Nice gig. Set up a website to review wood pellets. And await the free bags of pellets at your door. What a country.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 2:44:20 PM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Joe Boucher

The pellets here are compressed sawdust.Pellet mills are available on Ebay to make your own.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 2:47:42 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: nhwingut

Don’t use Frosted Flakes.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 2:53:15 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: nhwingut

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.


23 posted on 02/27/2014 3:07:41 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

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.

TC


24 posted on 02/27/2014 3:09:23 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: nhwingut

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.


25 posted on 02/27/2014 3:45:50 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: Joe Boucher
Only pellet systems I’ve seen are in South Korea and they used coal pellets.

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.

26 posted on 02/27/2014 4:54:22 PM PST by TYVets
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To: nhwingut

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?


27 posted on 02/27/2014 7:21:19 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: nhwingut

I heard Homeland security bought up 35 Billion rounds of wood pellets....


28 posted on 02/27/2014 8:04:25 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Cyber Liberty

29 posted on 02/28/2014 4:28:04 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: TXnMA

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.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 4:51:39 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Have you ever been to New Hampshire?

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!"...

31 posted on 02/28/2014 7:08:58 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TXnMA

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.


32 posted on 02/28/2014 7:19:57 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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