Pellet and Wood Stove Heat – Prepare for Winter

“Hey baby, I’m so cold my nipples could cut glass. How about puttin’ some more pellets in that stove?”
“I’m so cold it takes me 20 minutes to find my pee-pee through the 20 layers of long johns I’m wearing. I’d fire up the stove, ‘cept we ain’t got no pellets OR any stove.”
“Oh, right. Well crank the thermostat.”
“The oil tank is nearly empty and it costs a grand to fill it.”
“Should we go to bed and make our own heat?”
“Yeah baby, yeah.”

Who said high heating costs were all that bad? I expect many conversations like the one above will happen this coming winter.

Dragon, over at Circle of the Oroborous, posted yesterday that he’s thinking about winter and suggested the rest of us do the same. Never mind the fact that Dragon hates my global warming posts (though I have to admit this summer has been relatively cool), his post underscores a valid point. I would build on that and say that it’s PAST time to be thinking about winter, because everyone is now on the “secure winter heat” bandwagon. I looked in the local weekend paper and prices for wood (if loggers are even advertising their price) are $250+ a cord. A recent, local news article said many dealers have just stopped answering their phones, because they can’t meet existing orders. Viva la high cost of oil AND wood as people buy new wood stoves and dust off old ones.

Beyond traditional wood, wood pellet stoves are all the rage, and dealers are back-ordered – big time! LOTS of people have been flooding stove dealers ordering these stoves, and – not having enough in stock – dealers have been accepting orders with a promise to deliver. Ha! A recent news article underscores the importance of early planning as at least one manufacturer is now saying “fuggedaboutit!” Read:

Hundreds of people who hoped to fend off huge oil bills this winter by installing a pellet stove are being told their orders will likely go unfilled. Rocky Gaslin of Rocky’s Stove Shoppe in Augusta learned Tuesday that Pennsylvania-based Harman Stove Company is unable to deliver more than 300 pellet stoves promised Gaslin just a few months ago.

Harman dealers across the state were given similar notices this week, Gaslin said. “We sold based on the number they said they would give us. Then they changed the numbers,” Gaslin said. “I’m extremely frustrated. People are counting on them.” Gaslin said they typically sell around 100 pellet stoves a year, but had sold 150 by April this year. He stopped taking orders when he hit the 350 stove limit Harmans set. He’s only received 16 stoves so far.


As I’ve said before, history repeats itself, and I’m a big fan of survival/preparedness memorabilia. Scope this authentic poster from WWII:


Still relevant? Ya think!?

– Ranger Man

BTW: I don’t have a place to hang that poster. Want it? Make me an offer I can’t refuse – it’s a sweet SHTF collectible, and in great shape!

Hey, does this story about Russia’s proposal to fly long-range bombers to Cuba remind you of the Cuban Missile Crisis – or what?

7 comments… add one
  • Chris July 23, 2008, 7:34 am

    We keep hearing how global trade is all the rage. But the reality is that it really can’t keep up with demand. Most especially when demand patterns shift.

    If we are to fight global warming and or peak oil then we need industry that can keep up with the shifting needs. Be it hybrid vehicles, pellet stoves, firewood, #10 cans of food, etc.

    Just about everything is on back order and the producers are having a hard time meeting demand. Should energy prices spike and the demand shift to solar and wind, you can bet your azz that industry will be slow on that too and the product simply wont be available. It will take a decade to make the transition at best and it won’t be the consumer’s lack of money that will be behind it. It will be the producers in ability to keep production up with demand.

    Industry is too tepid if you ask me. We need to go back to the industrial base of the mid 40’s. They could get it done.

  • July 23, 2008, 11:08 am

    I’d avoid pellet stoves in favor of regular wood stoves – don’t rely totally upon resupply from someone else. With a regular wood stove you can always burn the boards and 2 x 4’s striped from your neighbors abandoned house, the furniture, dry grass, whatever you can find.

  • tweell July 23, 2008, 2:38 pm

    Get ready for Global Cooling!,25197,23583376-7583,00.html

    If you really believed in global warming you wouldn’t bother with winter preparations, RangerMan. Put your money where your mouth is, and keep following the great Al Gore!

  • Craig July 23, 2008, 3:16 pm

    Glad I got a real brick fireplace (that sucker radiates heat 24 hours after the fire goes out!!), and live in a warm climate! Dolly is working on my auxiliary wood supply as we speak. Blow baby, blow!!! I’ll just cruise around the neighborhood and collect the limbs, or “gladly cut up that downed tree fer ya neighbor!”

  • Jennersen July 23, 2008, 9:48 pm

    Trying to stay warm is easier then staying cool. Of course the Lady likes to call me a polar bear. Y’all lucky I won’t move out of my home state though. ;)

    Once everybody else catches on then scarcity will be the norm. Could it be more people are listening to us?

  • Riverwalker July 24, 2008, 1:40 am

    I buy all wood furniture, just in case.


  • AleMaker August 3, 2008, 6:50 pm

    uh-kay, the whole pellet stove thing makes no more sense than a hum-vee to me… don’t they require electricity to run/ and are useless without somebody else making pellets for you even if the allmighty grid still worked?
    …might as well invest in hair-dryers for the new milennium.
    And fuck Al Gore- he’s a lying bought-out lizard-dink like the rest of em.
    Sunspots, I say.
    But what the hell do I know?
    I forgot, I’m insane.
    Never mind.


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