Woodpellets.com Delivery Drivers Compete in the 2018 CHaD Battle of the Badges Fundraiser

Posted by Wood Pellets on Monday, August 13, 2018

The Woodpellets.com team had the amazing opportunity to attend this year’s CHaD Battle of the Badges game in Manchester New Hampshire’s Delta Dental Stadium. It was a perfect night for a fun group outing and some friendly competition!

Woodpellets.com Delivery Driver Pitching at CHad Battle of the Badges in Manchester NH - August 2018Each year, a team of local NH police officers take on a team of local firefighters in a battle of “Good vs. Good” to fundraise for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and this year’s event raised over $124,000! We are very proud to have several firefighters on our Woodpellets.com delivery team, and we were thrilled to cheer them on while supporting such a great cause.

To learn more about the incredible work of CHaD, and to see how you can get involved, visit https://www.chadkids.org/donate.html 

The Woodpellets.com Referral Program: $25 for You $25 for Them!

Tell your friend about Woodpellets.com, and he or she will get $25 off their first order! Plus, when that first order is delivered, your Woodpellets.com account will automatically be credited $25! So, if you’re happy with our service, our products and our convenient delivery…share the pellet love!

Here’s an example: Woody is a current Woodpellets.com customer, and his neighbor Wilma is not a customer yet.

1. Woody tells Wilma about the convenient delivery options, the variety of high quality wood pellets available, and the expert customer support at Woodpellets.com. He tells her she’ll love it, and she will get $25 off her first delivery if she mentions his name at the time of ordering.

2. Wilma calls 1-800-735-5387 to speak to one of the Woodpellets.com experts. After a conversation about what she’s looking for, and what kind of delivery she needs, Wilma exclaims, “Woody referred me!”

3. The Woodpellets.com expert looks up Woody’s account, and Wilma is given a $25 discount on her order.

4. When her order is delivered, Woody’s Woodpellets.com account is automatically credited $25!

It’s as simple as that. And another thing…there is no limit on the amount of referral credits you can receive.

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DIY: How to Make a Wood Pallet Bottle Opener

Wood Pallet Bottle Opener with Mason JarDo you have wood pallets leftover from a delivery? Don’t be so quick to get rid of them, because there are a variety of ways to reuse wood pallets!

See >> 9 Wood Pallet Projects to Try 

Our most recent pallet DIY project is a wall-mounted bottle opener. It doesn’t take a lot of time or materials, and it’s a great gift idea! Take a look at our video tutorial below to see how it’s done.

Depending on how you’d like to install your new bottle opener, there’s one quick final step. You can pre-drill holes to make wall-installation easier, or simply add strong magnets to the back to affix your project on a refrigerator.

Wood pallets can be handy to use as-is, too. If you had a bulk wood pellet delivery, and the pallets of fuel weren’t placed inside the garage with a pallet jack, you might consider re-stacking the wood pellet bags inside. If your space allows it, it’s a good idea to reuse the wood pallets to raise the newly re-stacked bags from the floor, protecting them from potential leaks/flooding.

See >> Best Practices for Wood Pellet Storage

Do you have any wood pallet DIY ideas? Let us know on Facebook!

New Woodpellets.com Office in Bedford NH

Woodpellets.com Bedford, NH

We’re still the same Woodpellets.com – but we’ve moved! Although we deliver wood pellets to homes across the Northeast, our home base has always been located in the Granite State. We’re thrilled with our new energy-efficient office in Bedford New Hampshire. It’s the perfect fit for our team of seven!

Our new address is:

Woodpellets.com
128 S. River Rd. Building C
Bedford, NH 03110

Check out our new sign pictured above! Now that we’re visible from Route 3, we commissioned Pelham’s Signs Now NH to install our logo on our building. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to check it out, or to say hello!

NEW 3-Ton Cleanfire Bundle for Strategic Wood Pellet Heating

NEW Power Pack 3 Ton Bundle!Due to a growing trend of pellet stove owners mixing and matching fuel orders to create a strategic burning strategy, we have created a new money-saving bundle – THE POWER PACK! This special 3-ton Cleanfire pack consists of 1 ton of Cleanfire Douglas Fir, and 2 tons of Cleanfire Pacific bundled together for a discounted price.

What’s a strategic burning strategy? Instead of sticking with just one type of wood pellet, folks are burning pellets with a higher heat output during the coldest months of the heating season, and burning pellets with a lesser heat output (and a typically lower price tag) in the early season and late season months.

Buzz about the extremely hot heat output of wood pellets made of 100% douglas fir has been spreading over the last couple of years. Many Woodpellets.com customers have started to incorporate our super-hot, low-ash Cleanfire Douglas Fir Wood Pellets into their burning strategy. This “Cadillac of Wood Pellets” is saved for the bitter cold months, and the always reliable Cleanfire Pacific is burned during the rest of the season.

Is the Cleanfire Power Pack right for you? Call 1-800-PELLETS or visit Woodpellets.com to learn more!

 

 

*Pricing and availability vary by region. 

Why Now is the Time to Buy Wood Pellets

Warm summer weather doesn’t typically make you think about securing your wood pellets for the next heating season. But this year, there are two major factors at play that could change that: wood pellet demand and pricing.

Due to the European Union’s goal for 20% of all generated power to be sourced from renewables, the demand for wood pellets overseas remains steady. United States exports to the EU have continued to rise, with almost all of the pellets produced in the US for export coming from southeastern states. Last year, overall US exports increased by 10%, solidifying the United States as a top supplier of wood pellets to Europe.

See Map: Wood Pellet Industry Import/Exports

Demand has been growing in the States as well, due to heating oil price increases.
Crude Oil Pricing

According to the EIA, the U.S northeast region represents almost 85% of total U.S. residential heating oil sales – and many homes use wood pellet fuel as a heating supplement.

Oil pricing has a significant effect on wood pellet demand because when the price of oil increases, consumers tend to lean more on pellets for heating.

Read: Crude Oil Hits Highest Price in 4 Years 

Like any fuel, the price of wood pellets fluctuates due to a variety of factors, including transportation costs. A widespread truck driver shortage has resulted in serious driver pay raises – which combined with increasing fuel costs means prices are rising on anything that requires trucking.  As for the wood pellet industry, this problem has unfortunately made price increases a certainty for 2018.

Read: Trucking Shortage Causing Price Increases Everywhere

What can you do to save? Order your supply of wood pellets as soon as possible to avoid paying more.

Lock in current summer pricing AND choose the month you want delivery. Shop online at Woodpellets.com or call 1-800-PELLETS (800-735-5387) to speak to an expert!

 

Crude Oil Hits Highest Price in 4 Years

Following sharp increases since last summer, crude oil has topped $70 a barrel for the first time since 2014. Crude Oil PricingThe growth of global oil demand has contributed to upward price pressures. The United States Energy Information Administration estimates that global oil consumption in the first quarter of 2018 was 1.9 million b/d higher than the first quarter of 2017’s consumption. Naturally, sharply increased exports result in a significant hit to supply levels.

Further, President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran earlier this month. The U.S. plans to reimpose economic sanctions on the country, which will continue to influence the crude trade.

 >> Learn more about how supply, demand and geopolitics drives the price of oil here.

According to the EIA, the U.S northeast region represents almost 85% of total U.S. residential heating oil sales – and many homes use wood pellet fuel as a heating supplement.
US averages: heating oil retail prices

Oil pricing is partially responsible for northeastern wood pellet demand because when the price of oil increases, consumers tend to lean more on pellets for heating.

Will the 2018 oil price increase affect your wood pellet purchase decision for the ’18-2019 heating season?

Take care of your Woodpellets.com order now, but choose your own delivery month by calling 1-800-PELLETS or ordering online at www.Woodpellets.com!  

How to Mix and Match Your Order to Burn Wood Pellets Strategically

Wood Pellet Colors
Did you know that you can select multiple products to add to your Woodpellets.com shopping cart?

To “mix and match” your order, simply choose the first brand and the number of tons you’d like from your zip code’s gallery. Once it’s added to your cart, select the Continue Shopping button that will appear on a pop-up box. You’ll be directed back to the gallery, where you can select another type of fuel. Continue this until you’re ready to view your cart, make any changes, select your delivery type and check out.

>> Bonus: For a limited time, you can choose your delivery month too! Take care of your pellet fuel order now to lock in current pricing, but you tell us when you’d like us to deliver by selecting your desired month from the dropdown menu!

Woodpellets.com Wood Pellet Burn Strategy ExampleWhy did we add the mix and match feature? Over the years, we have noticed a growing trend of burning pellets with a higher heat output during the coldest months of the heating season, and burning pellets with a lesser heat output (and a typically lower price tag) in the early season and late season months.

Not only are there significant heat output differences between hardwood and softwood wood pellets – but the ash content is much different as well. Hardwood pellets tend to produce more ash than softwood pellets – which makes for more cleaning and upkeep. Therefore, this burning strategy is also a perfect opportunity to learn which kind of pellets are the best fit for your home heating needs, your budget, and the amount of ash cleanup you’re willing to deal with.

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Trucking Shortages Make Wood Pellet Price Rise Inevitable

With all consumer goods, pricing is based on the provider’s cost – which fluctuates due to a variety of factors. You might begin to notice some price increases on all types of products throughout the year, which is directly related to a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. As for the wood pellet industry, these unrelenting transportation issues have made price increases a certainty for 2018.

For years, there has been a growing shortage of qualified CDLA drivers, and it has only gotten worse over the past year. According to the American Trucking Association, there’s a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers nationwide, up from 20,000 in 2013 and 36,500 in 2016 with a predicted increase to nearly 100,000 by 2021. As driver supply has dwindled, more trucking companies have turned to intermodal rail, which has even made these containers scarce.

Why is this shortage happening? Baby Boomer drivers are retiring due to age, stricter DOT medical certification processes, and frustration with newly required Electronic Log Devices (ELDs) which have created tighter hours of service regulations. This technology – which is designed to enforce limits on driving time without breaks – has not only pushed many seasoned drivers to quit, but also reduces the number of trucks available overall.

Additionally, millennials are far less enthused than previous generations to join the trucking force due to the arduous duty of long cross-country trips, away for days and weeks at a time. Furthermore, the men and women completing tractor trailer schools these days are not always accepted by insurance companies, which often require at least three years of driving experience.

Of course, all of this leads to a shortage of truck volume available to shippers, which directly affects the consumer. Ben Cubitt, a senior VP from freight-management firm Transplace, estimates that 99% of trucks nationwide are in use, up from 92% in late 2015. Cubitt says, “every truck is spoken for every day.”

What does all of this mean for wood pellet stove owners? It’s understandable that just like any fuel, wood pellet prices fluctuate – but the effects of this trucking shortage have turned the risk of a 2018 pellet price increase into a reality.

What can you do to save? Order your supply of wood pellets as soon as possible to avoid paying more. 

Lock in current summer pricing AND choose the month you want delivery. Shop online at Woodpellets.com or call 1-800-PELLETS (800-735-5387) to speak to an expert!

 

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