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After one of the worst years in memory for pellet stove sales the stars are beginning to shine once again. There has never been a better time to switch to pellet fuel!!
With a plenary of issues over the last few years ranging from a shortage of fuel to a shortage of stoves in 2008 to this year where there are huge amounts of pellets and stoves available across North America plus a variety of tax incentives.
Bill Boulton from Jamestown Pellet Stoves explains that things are looking good for the pellet industry this year. With large quantities of fuel available at a reasonable price consumers should feel more comfortable in purchasing a pellet appliance. Another important fact is that new pellet plants and distribution systems are popping up all over the country. This will provide sustainable fuel and keep the costs and quality in check. The new pellet fuel distribution options (especially in the east) will see that consumers and dealers receive far better supply and service. In many cases the pellets are now being delivered directly to the home by specialists working with the dealer in the local area. This delivery is available in either the standard 40 pound bag or in bulk delivery with storage bins. Boulton says he has even seen a self-filling pellet container which sits on the hearth beside the stove. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that. Pellet delivery technology has come a very long way in the past few years which has always been one of the concerns for pellet appliance owners.
Boulton also explained that the pellet stove technology has progressed to become extremely reliable with very little service issues. As a matter of fact we only saw one warranty issue all of 2009 which certainly indicates the stoves are dialed in. There is no question the Pellet industry has seen many hurdles but the quality built stoves are here to stay and are very reliable. Sure there are still some manufacturers out there producing a lower end stove that won’t last very long but the public will soon weed them out.
Another issue we are all looking at is the ever increasing cost of fuel oil products along with the huge oil spills such as in the gulf and the environmental disasters accompanied with it. I recently attended a bio fuel conference in New England. At the conference a presentation indicated that the New England states spent over 6 billion dollars on heating oil. Most of that money left the country. Then a scenario was painted of replacing this fuel oil with bio fuels such as wood pellets which was readily available locally. Now the over 6 billion dollars stayed in the New England economy and excess of 6 thousand jobs were created and no matter what happened in the world their heating fuel was safe and controlled by the local people. Why would anyone not support that!
With the tax incentives in many areas, quality and abundant pellet fuel supply, quality stoves, oil spills in the gulf, environmental disasters, and continuous oil price increases there has never been a better time to switch to locally produced pellet fuel.