Nightmares -- or daydreams -- on 2021 pellet costs?

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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Feb 7, 2010
5,273
S.E. Michigan
Called to check again after a couple of weeks. My pellets are all ready to go... on a mountaintop in West Virginia. No trucks. Latest estimate 7-10 days. Fortunately, it's still nice and warm here. Just last week had a new "combi-boiler" installed to heat the house so, no matter what, we won't freeze.
Transportation today is a real PITA. Everyone is having issues finding drivers and independents are almost non-existent. My buddy has 53 trucks and 15 are sitting for lack of drivers presently. His drivers average 80K a year, some are over 100K and he still cannot find qualified drivers. I have my Class A with all endorsements and I could work tomorrow, but after 30 years of trucking, I've had a belly full. It's a high stress job dealing with idiot 4 wheelers (and other idiot truck drivers and the man with his hand out constantly). I have an excellent retirement package plus I farm. Enough for me.

Got 3 ton of pellets in the barn and 7 ton of no germ corn to roast this winter.
 
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johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,745
Eastern Ontario
My spring buy pellets were just delivered
1 skid Cubix 349 a ton plus tax
1 skid of Energex Blended 309 a ton plus tax
Less 10 dollars per ton for using a prefered payment
delivery free
 
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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Feb 7, 2010
5,273
S.E. Michigan
My spring buy pellets were just delivered
1 skid Cubix 349 a ton plus tax
1 skid of Energex Blended 309 a ton plus tax
Less 10 dollars per ton for using a prefered payment
delivery free
I bet the delivery charge was rolled into the price somehow. You pay VAT on them correct? Gotta keep Tredeau in razor blades...
 

SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Feb 7, 2010
5,273
S.E. Michigan
We call it HST Harmonized sales tax
Some for the Doug the slug Ford (Premier of Ontario)
some for Justin (Prime Minister of Canada)
VAT is a value-added tax (Great Britain)
Appears to be real harmonious to me....

Had no idea what it was called except a tax. Living 50 miles from the border is as close as I'll ever come.

No tax on wood pellets here, unless you don't have an ag exemption, then it's 4% I think. Don't know, never paid it. Certainly no tax on shelled corn, that is 100% an ag commodity.
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
890
Northwest Lower Michigan
Appears to be real harmonious to me....

Had no idea what it was called except a tax. Living 50 miles from the border is as close as I'll ever come.

No tax on wood pellets here, unless you don't have an ag exemption, then it's 4% I think. Don't know, never paid it. Certainly no tax on shelled corn, that is 100% an ag commodity.
Yes 4% on anything considered home heating fuel. Pellets, propane, fuel oil… Technically firewood too but all of my 45 years I’ve only seen it dealt by private sellers on the side for cash.
 

bogieb

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2014
2,988
South Central NH
I was talking to the local TSC manager about trailers yesterday and happened to mention that I have not seen very many pellets being sold on FBMP and CL - most years I get probably around 1.5 tons of pretty good pellets for cheap. This year, the best I could do was buy about 1/2 ton of some middling pellets for $4/bag (still cheaper than at the store, but not nearly what I'm used to being able to find).

I asked about the TSC store supply and he said they had over 300 tons already sitting there and they are getting 30-40 tons per week. They have been told not to worry about supply as there is no anticipated shortage or difficulty in trucking (this store sells MWP's in the white w/blue lettering TSC bags). He also said that they aren't anticipating a huge price increase.

I have no reason to doubt him and hopefully and nothing comes about that changes what his outlook for the season foretells!
 
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tiger

Feeling the Heat
Feb 3, 2014
418
Seabrook, MD (DC suburbs)
Called to check again after a couple of weeks. My pellets are all ready to go... on a mountaintop in West Virginia. No trucks. Latest estimate 7-10 days. Fortunately, it's still nice and warm here. Just last week had a new "combi-boiler" installed to heat the house so, no matter what, we won't freeze.
Got a call yesterday, now on the schedule for delivery Tuesday, almost exactly 2 months after buying/paying for my pellets.

Unsure of Hamers' location, I got on their website and their mailing address is in a WV town near Huntington, right on the Ohio river and plenty of highways... but no address specified for the actual plant. Probably a "You can't get there from here" scenario.
 

ABusWrench

Burning Hunk
Sep 11, 2015
183
East Canton, Ohio
Got a call yesterday, now on the schedule for delivery Tuesday, almost exactly 2 months after buying/paying for my pellets.

Unsure of Hamers' location, I got on their website and their mailing address is in a WV town near Huntington, right on the Ohio river and plenty of highways... but no address specified for the actual plant. Probably a "You can't get there from here" scenario.
Hamer's Hot Ones come out of Elkin West Virginia.
 

tiger

Feeling the Heat
Feb 3, 2014
418
Seabrook, MD (DC suburbs)
Hamer's Hot Ones come out of Elkin West Virginia.
Aah, there they are, I see the location on Google Maps. I've been in Elkins exactly once. Routes 250 & 33 are a blast in a sports car - but I'd see the reluctance to drive a truck with a 20 ton load there.

And good news; delivered today. Already got one ton in the basement, that's enough workout for one day for a 65-year-old.