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Wood pellet demand rises as supplies run low

By: Jackalyn Kovac

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- The cold weather continues to affect those trying to heat their homes. With the cost of gas and electric rising to meet the need, many have made the switch to wood pellet stoves.

Saturday, local suppliers were reporting a shortage of wood pellets for customers. For some homeowners, 1 to 2 bags will heat a home for a day, but businesses selling the material say supplies are limited.

"We had a line of cars this morning down here there must have been 15-20 cars down here, most of them were for pellets," say Owner of Dallas Coal Company James Dallas. "We just took their name and number down, if we get our order late tonight, we'll come in on Sunday and load it for them."

Right now, wood pellets can't be found at larger suppliers because many have already phased out the materials as they prepare for the spring.

"That puts more demand on us. It's almost impossible to keep up this year," says Dallas. "Last year we didn't do too bad, but this year it's bad because of the cold winter we've had and the bitter temperatures."

Workers at Dallas Coal Company kept busy Sunday morning, whether it was taking down information for future pellet deliveries or loading up trucks full of coal, customers seem to have the same reaction to the shortage.

"They're shocked. They're like 'You gotta be kidding me,' thats what they say. We try to lead them to where there might be some, but if we don't have them, a lot of places don't either.  It doesn't matter which pellet company you go to, they're all having the same trouble," said Dallas.


 
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