Delivery Slots Fill Up Quick as the Trucking Shortage Continues

Even before the pandemic hit, the trucking industry was in need of tens of thousands of drivers. Shutdowns and new regulations/precautions have disrupted supply chains, while social distancing and limited hours further inconvenience newly trained truck drivers seeking to obtain a license.

For years, there has been a growing shortage of qualified CDL-A drivers, and it has only gotten worse. According to the American Trucking Association, there’s a shortage of 60,000 truck drivers nationwide with a predicted increase of over 100,000 by 2021.

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.

What does all of this mean for wood pellet stove owners? Much like so many others, this industry has suffered ongoing trucking shortage effects such as price fluctuations, inconsistent supply transportation and difficulty maintaining a full staff of qualified home delivery drivers.

Our team is working tirelessly to schedule safe, convenient home deliveries for our customers across the Northeast. If you have not yet secured your home’s wood pellet fuel for the upcoming heating season, place your order online or call 1-800-PELLETS as soon as possible to get yourself into the delivery queue! 

 

Guide: Wood Pellet Home Delivery by Woodpellets.com

Woodpellets.com Home Delivery of Wood Pellets by the TonThe forklift needs a lot of clearance. It’s actually over 8 feet wide, and the highest point is also 8 feet tall. It’s mounted on the back of the truck, which parks in the road. The driver lowers it down to the ground, uses it to remove your fuel from the truck, and then drives it up your driveway to place the pallets where you need them.

Note: Due to the heavy weight of the load and the forklift itself, it can’t be driven across any leach fields, sprinkler lines, or soft lawn. Keep this in mind when you’re deciding where to have your pallets of fuel placed!

The forklift’s path must be clear. Forgetting to move cars out of the way is a common mistake, and one that can really make for a more difficult delivery. Keeping a clear path (at least 8 feet wide, including any turns) for the driver is important, not only for saving time – but for protecting your belongings. Our drivers are very careful and skilled, but as we mentioned before, the forklift is pretty bulky and difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

Note: Moving cars, toys, and equipment out of the way is important – but so is getting kids and pets out of the area! Keeping children and any pets inside during delivery is very helpful to the driver. There are already many variables to think about during a delivery, so avoiding the addition of small running bodies to the mix is crucial.

We love details, details, details! Does your road have heavy construction going on? Is your driveway hard to find? Does your address not come up on GPS? If our drivers know ahead of time what to be prepared for, we can better serve you. It’s better to be up front about any tricky circumstances especially, so the delivery team can do all that’s possible to find a solution ahead of time.

Communication is key! Our delivery team will send you an email, text your phone, and/or call you (whichever way you’ve indicated you prefer) to confirm your delivery. Also, sometimes we reach out ahead of time to confirm your delivery instructions or to get clarification on something. If you get a message requesting a call or email back from our team, try to get back to us as soon as possible. Depending on the information we require from you, we probably won’t be able to schedule a delivery if there are unanswered questions pending.

Woodpellets.comSometimes it’s helpful to leave a sign or mark where you want the pallets. Many driveway deliveries have instructions like this: “Please place pallets by the garage door”. Does this mean the customer wants the pallets near the entry door, so he or she can bring the bags inside to hand-stack? Or should the pallet be placed in front of the bay door? Which one if there are multiple? If you want a much more specific location for placement, mark the space with a sign, or an overturned trashcan, and let us know your indicator. Our driver will do everything possible to safely deliver your pallets where you want them.

You do not need to be home to accept a delivery. If your schedule isn’t meshing with ours, it’s totally fine. As long as your instructions are clear and you let us know exactly where you’d like your fuel our driver can handle it in most situations without your physical presence. We also have your contact information in case something comes up, of course.

Note: Garage deliveries often involve the customer being at home, to open the door to allow the pallet jack to place the fuel inside. However, many customers are fine with leaving the garage door open if they can’t be home at the time of delivery. It’s all about whatever you are comfortable with! 

Did you opt for a garage placement? Are we able to move around in the garage? Now that you’ve cleared your driveway for our equipment, have you cleared a path in the garage for the pallet jack? This is another overlooked step at times, unfortunately. The pallet jack, while smaller than the forklift, is still a heavy-duty piece of equipment. Make sure all the stuff that tends to accumulate in the garage is cleared out of the path of your fuel’s final destination. Also be sure to take note of how large your pallets are to be sure your space is ready.

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Please give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS to speak to a pellet expert, or visit Woodpellets.com for more information. 

How to Use Wood Pallets in Your Garden

Woodpellets.com Quality Manager Joy explains how she used wood pallets from a recent delivery to keep her family’s garden organized:

We start our garden every year by taking compost from our compost pit. The compost is made of ash from our stove and food waste. We also sprinkle in wet damaged fuel. We then mix the compost with soil and roto-till it into the garden.

The next step was to take our pallets and cut off the bottom layer. We place the pallets into the newly mixed soil. Under the pallets is a plastic barrier, the soil is added on top and then we push the pallets in.

The next step is to take our pre grown plantlings and place them spaced apart.

Using this combination of pallets and the barrier plastic (made from Woodpellets.com delivery shrouds) our peppers, scallions, peas and green beans won’t get strangled with weeds!

Have you re-used wood pallets in your garden? Share your projects with us on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page!

This New 3-Ton Wood Pellet Bundle Helps You Save Money and Burn Strategically

Woodpellets.com 3-Ton Blended BundleOur special Blended Bundle includes one ton of our popular new hardwood/softwood mix, Cleanfire Premium Blend, as well as one ton of the always reliable Cleanfire Hardwood and one ton our best selling softwood, Cleanfire Pacific.

This 3-ton wood pellet pack is not only economical – but strategic as well!

We suggest starting out the heating season with Cleanfire Hardwood, switch to Cleanfire Premium Blend along with lower temperatures, then bring in your Cleanfire Pacific for the coldest part of the winter.

Heating your home by matching the wood pellet heat output with the time of year will maximize your efficiency and your budget.

Read >> New Hardwood/Softwood Mix Available in 40lb and 20lb Bags

Learn more about the Blended Bundle and all the premium pellet fuel available in your area by visiting our website or call the experts at 1-800-PELLETS!

Product Highlight: New Pellet Blend, Lighter 20 Pound Bags and BBQ Grilling Wood Pellets

Cleanfire Premium Blend Wood PelletsNEW Cleanfire Premium Blend Hardwood/Softwood Mix – Available in 40lb and 20lb Bags

We’ve heard your requests for a reliable, premium blend pellet and for lighter bags! If you’re one of the many searching for a clean burning wood pellet fuel that’s perfect for your stove but easy on your wallet, the all new Cleanfire Premium Blend is just what you need.

This all new, all natural pellet blend is a just-right mix of 40% hardwood and 60% softwood – which adds up to an optimal burn experience.

With an impressive heat output of over 8500 BTUs and a low ash content of less than .6%, you’ll be able to keep your home nice and warm without all the extra cleaning. Choose the standard 40 pound bag or opt for the convenience of lighter 20 pound bags!

Bear Mountain BBQ Bear Mountain BBQ Grilling Pellets

Woodpellets.com is proud to offer a premium BBQ pellet! Bear Mountain BBQ wood pellets are expertly blended by dedicated craftsmen to create the perfect balance of savory, smoky flavor for a meal you won’t forget.

Bear Mountain 100% natural grilling pellets are made in the USA with only the highest quality hardwoods – with no fillers, binders or oils. This dedication to quality results in flavor you can count on for the perfect BBQ, time and time again.

If you don’t have a wood pellet grill, you can still get that smoky BBQ flavor using a few different techniques. Try all five flavors to take your next meal to the next level!

GOURMET BLEND: The signature flavor. A perfect balance of smokiness blended with subtle, sweet notes to enhance meat, fish and veggies.

HICKORY: Robust smoke flavor for beloved BBQ meats like ribs, butts and brisket. A classic choice sure to please!

MESQUITE: Strong, earthy, uniquely bold smokiness that enhances every cut of beef. Also pairs nicely with a milder flavor, like Apple!

APPLE: Never heavy and always delights. Perfect for ham, fish and poultry.

CHERRY: Adds a sweet, fruity pop to all your favorite meats and veggies.

Bear Mountain BBQ Pellets Ship Free!

A Message from Woodpellets.com Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

As more and more events are cancelled, quarantines are issued, and increasing crowds are rushing out to stock up on a dwindling availability of home essentials, tension is on the rise.

For many, one of those essential staples is a reliable wood pellet supply. Please understand that we take home heating very seriously. Therefore, in order to avoid potential shortages, we have heavily invested in additional raw materials to secure our supply chain and are building up more inventory to be available immediately.

Of course, our loyal customers will always have priority. However, we’ll also be working hard to accommodate anyone looking for wood pellet fuel.

If you want to stock up your wood pellet supply now, but would rather avoid public exposure risk, we’re here for you. Visit Woodpellets.com or call 1-800-PELLETS to speak with a representative.

During this time of uncertainty, one thing you can be sure of is our dedication to your home heating needs. We are in this with you, and we’ve got you covered.

– Woodpellets.com

To learn more about what you can do to stay safe, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

How to Recycle Your Empty Plastic Wood Pellet Bags

As a company in the business of green energy, we’re very aware of the serious problems our environment is faced with. While recycling rates have been increasing along with growing public concern over pollution and landfills, there is much room for improvement. In 2017 alone, there were 267.8 million tons of trash generated – and 139.6 million tons of that ended up in landfills.

Read >> Study Shows Carbon Savings from Forest Residue Based Power 

Read >>  Materials, Waste and Recycling EPA Facts & Figures

Avoiding single-use plastics and participating in home recycling are a couple of easy ways many Americans contribute to a greener future. Regarding the bags your wood pellets are delivered in, there is more we can do – aside from finding new ways to upcycle them.

Plastics labeled with the recyclable arrows symbol are categorized for acceptance based on your municipality. Find out if your town accepts wood pellet bags, which are low-density polyethylene (LDPE) number 4-coded plastic, for curbside pickup hereIf your town does not allow this type of plastic in your blue recycling bin, you don’t have to just throw it away.

Thousands of stores across the country have entryway drop off locations for those plastics not accepted in traditional recycling programs. Like many folks, you have probably walked right past these boxes in places like Target, Walmart and Hannaford without noticing them! Many clean, dry, empty plastics can be brought to these drop boxes, including clean pellet bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, shipping air pillows, shopping bags and so much more. To find your local list of drop off locations, enter your zip code here.

Proper recycling can be a challenge due to variations in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims. Have you ever seen the How2Recycle symbol on items in your home? The How2Recycle labeling program was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information, making it easier to know what to do with non-recyclable plastics. Any package that you see with the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label can be brought to any drop off location.

So what happens to these plastics? Instead of ending up in landfills, these materials are recycled into synthetic lumber for decking, park benches and playground sets. The broken down plastic is also commonly used to make new bags, pallets and containers. Learn more about the entire process and how you can help from the experts at Plastic Film Recycling!

 

Friends Don’t Let Friends Burn Bad Wood Pellets

Woodpellets.com ReferralAre you happy with your Woodpellets.com experience? Tell a friend! You can get $25 in credit added to your account every time you successfully refer a new customer!

Once your friend’s 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!
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Flex Savings Plan: The Free Budget Program for Wood Pellet Fuel

Much like with any fuel purchase – buying your wood pellets or wood bricks for the heating season can be a significant expense. The Woodpellets.com Flex Savings Plan was created to make saving up for that large order easier. Here’s how it works:
The only wood pellet budgeting program in the industry!Full plan details, frequently asked questions and terms/conditions can be found here. Questions? Call 1-800-PELLETS to learn more!

 

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