January 16th, 2007

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Wood Pellets and Bitter Cold

Wood Pellets: a type of wood fuel, generally made from compacted sawdust. They are usually produced as a by product of sawmilling and other wood trasformation activities.

So what happens when someone pays mills not to cut down trees. A pellet shortage. Without the lumber we don't have the sawdust to make pellets and people all over the US are cold.

Normally, at this time of the year the tempature is in the 50s where I am, even and night, but lately we've been dropping into the 10s and 20s. It's freezing and my pellet stove is the only source of heat I have. I can't afford to buy electric heaters because the ones that were $50 last year are now $100 because of demand. And those little $100 dollar heaters won't heat a house. It is so stupid. People don't understand the effect something as simple as not cutting down a tree can have.

Now, I'm not saying we should go out and cut down every tree we can. There are trees that grown in the span of a year which are better suited for these things. Plant... let it grow and make sure people like me don't have to stand in front of their stove for warmth.

Wood has been the main source of heat for years. People don't seem to understand that. Instead they think cutting down any tree is aweful. I love trees. I like sitting under them and I think we should make sure we leave as many as we can whether we have to plant them constantly or not. Still I've always enjoyed not freezing to death. Like to live to a ripe old age instead of being found in my house covered in ice.

What happens if the tempature drops further?
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