Stock up now, while still possible

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Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
96,484
South Puget Sound, WA
The industry is recommending customers to stock up early. Pellet demand is expected to be very high and there are shortages in the pipeline.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
3,586
SE North Carolina
Not a great distinction between residential and commercial pellets. Do most manufacturers specialize in just one or both? Are the raw materials the same for both residential and commercial? I know our port has a pellet terminal. All commercial softwood. Lowes and HD won’t ship pellets in. TSC is the only place I know get them down here.
 

mtnbiker727

Feeling the Heat
Mar 11, 2019
284
PA
I got my 3 tons a couple months ago. The local hardware store said there was going to be a shortage. The summer "discount" price was the regular price last year. I think I paid $260 or $265. In previous years the discount was $220. I think they said the "regular" price this year was going to be $280 or $285.
 

fmsm

Minister of Fire
Dec 12, 2011
987
South of Boston MA
Same scare tactics. While prices will rise there will be availability. The only company I know of in the USA that exports pellets are owned by Bob Kraft of the New England Patriots fame. The pellets they export come from pallets and other construction debris.
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
1,143
Northwest Lower Michigan
I got mine at the beginning of June when the fresh stock came in, and paid just $5 more a ton than I did the previous 2 years. $240. I see they are now $290. Only time I see them that much is when supplies are short in the late winter or spring. Interesting what this winter will bring.
 

bogieb

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2014
3,178
South Central NH
Looks like the year of the pellets in my area if you aren't lucky enough to have natural gas (which is not common in the state except along the MA boarder, so it really doesn't count)

The first are the prices per MBTU for the common types of heating fuels. The second I used an online calculator to figure out the 100 MBTU (because I was too lazy to find a calculator that would do MBTU) . I did not insert costs of coal or Natural Gas at mcf(1000 cf) since those were not available. Also, the Electric (Geothermal) line is the Electricity Air Source Heat Pump.

Last year, the Electricity Air Source Heat Pump and wood pellet costs per MBTU were running pretty darn close (many times within pennies) so I ran my mini split a lot. This year, not so much. and I'm so glad I bought 6 tons of pellets in the spring.

Home heating fuel prices as of 8-10-2022.JPG Home heating fuel per mbtu as of 8-10-2022.JPG
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
7,696
Northern NH
My guess is its not a shortage as such, its just more demand than normal
Same scare tactics. While prices will rise there will be availability. The only company I know of in the USA that exports pellets are owned by Bob Kraft of the New England Patriots fame. The pellets they export come from pallets and other construction debris.
This article is to the contrary to your claim https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2302521-n-american-wood-pellet-exports-at-record-high-in-2021

Lots of outfits in Canada export pellets and lots of pellets heading to Europe from the Southeast. If you look at the numbers there are far more pellets being exported than kept domestically for pellet stoves.

As for scare tactics, one man's scare tactics is another mans good advice.
 

shtrdave

Feeling the Heat
Feb 13, 2012
340
SW PA
I did some calling to today, the place I have been buying told me 275 for AWP plus 25 a ton for delivery. Last year I think I had 810 in 3 ton delivered. He said pricing currently is truckload by truckload.