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January 16 2007 @ 10:19 am
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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stardust_20stardust_20 on January 17th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Come visit me? No wait - you want to escape the cold. But we have heat and lots of it.

Given your cash shortage though I'll have to send you the plane ticket. :)
Jill aka Jo: Misc- LJ Dramasireesanwar on January 17th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
It is just so annoying that there are no pellets. I talked to my Uncle who is also my landlord and he's going to see what can be done. He's thinking of getting some long wall heater so I don't freeze in the middle of the night.

You know it doesn't help that it is a brick house with almost no insulation. Hate it.
tracyj23tracyj23 on January 17th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I live in an OLD house too (wood though) which had no insulation till about 3 years ago. You could literally feel the wind blowing through the walls before that. It sucked. So I can understand how you feel. :)

I hope your uncle can do something for you. It's horrible to be cold.
Jill aka Jo: Gerry- Down: Gerry The Jurysireesanwar on January 17th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Well my cousin discovered in one of his workshops that he doesn't use anymore that he had some bags of pellets so we'll get a reprieve.

My uncle on the other hand gave us another one of those radiator heaters you plug in. It sucks. We've got three of them going and nothing. They just don't heat it up enough.