rberq wrote:The trouble with pellets in Maine seems to be price fluctuation, and sometimes short supply. Three months ago a friend was ordering them for bulk delivery at $200 per ton. Now I'm hearing $268 per ton for bagged. And mid-winter sometimes there are none to be had. We have a lot of trees, but when lumber demand is low the sawmills scale back, then there's less sawdust to turn into pellets.
Meanwhile I've been trying to convert one of my brothers to coal. "But I have free wood," he says, because he cuts it himself off his own land. Sure it's free, if you don't count the chain saws, hydraulic splitter, fuel, 4-wheel drive Kubota tractor, hours and hours of labor, and the danger of working in the woods -- one of the most dangerous of all jobs. Well, he's about 15 years younger than me. I suspect his wood hobby will sour a bit in another 10 years.
"and the danger of working in the woods -- one of the most dangerous of all jobs."
In 2003 my dad was almost killed wood cutting, he was given less than a 5% chance to live. He did live but he is totally messed up and in a wheelchair for life after getting hit by a large tree limb. He was a pro too, been cutting for 40 years. I feel this is a very big issue when considering cutting your own wood.