Wood pellet stoves are really popular as an economical, ecologically friendly source of alternative energy. With the acquisition of more wood pellet stoves this summer and fall, requirement for wood pellets is up over last year. Wood pellet producers are inflating their business dramatically.
In addition to an increased number of pellet stove owners, buyers acquired bigger first quantities of pellets. This was surprising. We understand that shortages are being experienced at all stores in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States. The fusion of increased demand and tighter raw material supply is a problem for all wood pellet producers, retailers and clients.
The worldwide wood pellet industry has developed phenomenally fast, evolving from being practically non-existent 15 years back to being an important wood fibre buyer which is increasingly competing with pulp and wood-panel industry for wood raw-material. Global pellet production was close to ten Mt in 2008, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly ( WRQ ). This is good news for wood pellet producers!
The new leadership In America regime is going to have a positive result on alternative fuel use and the anticipated change in energy policy could well result in increased imports of pellets from Canada to the US, which will eventually reduce the flow of biomass from North America to Europe. As a result, ECU wood pellet producers will have to search for alternative supply sources in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Russia.
The major raw-material used for pellet producing has usually been sawdust and shavings from the sawmilling industry. As this supply source has begun to tap out, there's now an increased interest in searching for alternative fiber. It can be anticipated that ECU wood pellet producers will increasingly use forest residues, urban wood waste and fast-growing tree species. They can also start to compete more aggressively with pulpmills and wood-panel mills for sawmill chips and pulplogs. Imports of wood chips from overseas could also be an option for some pellet plants.
So, what's the average customer to do when faced with the dwindling supply of wood pellets? Why not make your own? There are a few sources of scrap wood, waste products, even corn husks that may be used to make burnable pellets. Rather than depending on the wood pellet producers - become one yourself! .