Woodpellets.com’s Newest Driver: A Woman with a Work History to Admire

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As a company focused on customer service, home delivery is a significant piece of the Woodpellets.com experience. After a pellet stove owner discusses fuel options with us, or clicks through the website to place an order, delivery is the next big step in the process. Our drivers are responsible for loading up the customer’s fuel, safely transporting it to the home and following the customer’s placement instructions.

Liz was brought onboard this year by JPO Trucking, a small business outside of Poughkeepsie New York and one of our trusted contractors. When asked if we could highlight her in a blog due to her position not typically being held by women, she agreed and said, “Guess I have a history of being employed in male dominated jobs. I am a retired police sergeant.”

Chatting as she walked her rescue dog Daisy after a day’s work, Liz explained she always had an interest in the trucking industry. She knew it was “either that or become a cop”, since she grew up with an NYPD homocide detective father. Instead of choosing between the two paths, she ended up with both.

After nearly 5 years in corrections and 22 years in the police force, 18 of which were as a Sergeant, Liz retired last year. But during that time, she went to school to obtain her CDL knowing she would seek a trucking job following her retirement.

During the years serving her community, she dealt with serious, depressing situations and crimes. “My old job was everyone’s problems all day long. People don’t call the police to help cut a birthday cake.” Talking about the difference between that role and her current trucking job, she says “This is none of that negativity. Now I can worry about myself!”

According to the American Trucking Association, the number of women in the industry has only increased slightly in the last 15 years, from 4.5 to roughly 6 percent. Liz was surprised to hear just how low the numbers are for females in this industry, and said she wishes more women would sign on.

As for her, she doesn’t plan on fully retiring anytime soon. We are lucky to have Liz and our whole network of drivers out there representing Woodpellets.com.

 

 

Wood Pallet Bee Apiary Raised Platform by a Woodpellets.com Customer

Check out how a Woodpellets.com customer from New Hampshire used some leftover wood pallets for her bee apiary! She used two pallets, reinforced them with 2X6’s and raised them up using cement blocks.
Bee Apiary from Wood Pallets - Woodpellets.com

Amy says, “I’ve had my bees on this platform for 3 years and it’s perfect for me! I love being a bee keeper and trying to help them.”

Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for the environment. There are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away, and all you need is a little creativity and (sometimes) a few tools.

Post a photo of your upcycle project on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page by August 1st to be entered in the 2019 Earth Day Pallet Project Contest. First place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Match Up Your BBQ Grilling with Your Wood Pellet Smoke Flavor

Always feel free to use any flavor of Bear Mountain BBQ wood pellets for your grilling and/or smoking, no matter what you’re cooking up. However, the following chart is a helpful guide on tried and true pair recommendations.

Bear Mountain BBQ Wood Pellet Flavor Grill Guide

Gourmet Blend

This is Bear Mountain’s signature BBQ flavor and most popular pick. The time-tested Gourmet Blend is a perfect balance of smokiness blended with subtle, sweet notes to enhance meat, fish and veggies. This flavor of bbq wood pellets is an essential to have on hand, since it pairs great with anything you’re grilling.

>> Hot Smoked Salmon Recipe

Hickory

The robust hickory smoke flavor is an ideal match for all the beloved BBQ meats like ribs, butts and brisket. It’s classic choice sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

>>Beef Brisket on the Grill Recipe

Mesquite

A bold choice for the expert griller, Bear Mountain BBQ Mesquite wood pellets inject an earthy, distinct smokiness into every cut of beef. Have you tried blending flavors of grilling pellets? The strong mesquite flavor can be smoothly enhanced by a milder flavor – like Apple.

>>Bone-In Pork Chops Recipe

Apple

Never heavy, always a crowd-pleaser. Take a walk on the mild side! Apple is a delightfully light flavor perfect for ham, fish and poultry.

>>Grilled Apple Chicken Recipe

Cherry

Add a sweet, fruity pop to all your favorite meats and veggies with Bear Mountain BBQ Cherry Wood Pellets.

>>Smoked Lamb on the Grill Recipe

Bear Mountain BBQ Pellets: 5 Gourmet Flavors, USA Made, Shipped Free by Woodpellets.com

How to Stretch Out the Cost of Wood Pellet Fuel Over Several Months

Much like with any fuel purchase – buying your wood pellets or wood bricks for the heating season can be a significant expense. The Flex Savings Plan (FSP) was created to make saving up for that large order easier.

Enrolling in the FSP gives you the ability to save up over time with adjustable monthly deposits to your Woodpellets.com account. Once you decide you’re ready to order, all those deposits have added up to an account credit which will be applied to your fuel order.

 Flex Savings Plan Benefits

  • Custom Plans: Your monthly payment amount can be adjusted at any time, and you decide how long to participate!
  • Easy Budgeting: Spread out that large payment over months! Your accumulated credit will be applied to your next order. 
  • No Risks: This plan was designed to help our customers, but you might change your mind. Suspend or cancel at any time!

The Flex Savings Plan is still new and unique within the wood pellet market – so we understand you might have some questions. We have compiled the most common questions about the FSP below. Feel free to post your own questions in the comment section!

How does the Flex Savings Plan work?

The plan works by automatically making a monthly deposit using an electronic check or credit card into your credit account in any amount over $25 that you are comfortable with. Each deposit is added to your Woodpellets.com account as credit to use on your next purchase. When you are ready to order, your accumulated credit amount will be deducted from the order balance.

The only wood pellet budgeting program in the industry!Are there any fees or hidden costs?

The FSP is a free way to help you budget for your fuel purchase. Your payment amounts are decided by you, and there are no extra fees. Think of it like a Christmas Club savings account; but one you use for your wood pellet fuel instead of presents.

How long does the plan last?

You can participate for as many months as you wish! When you place your order, you can just let us know if you’d like to continue or not. If you discontinue your plan, you can sign back up again whenever you’re ready. At any point, you can decide to opt out of the Flex Savings Plan, too. You’ll be refunded all of your accrued credit, less a 5% transaction fee.

Do I have to save a certain amount before ordering?

No – it’s up to you how much you want to save up. Most enrollees design their plan to cover the entire fuel order cost – but that is not mandatory. The duration of your specific plan and your monthly amount is completely up to you! We just require payments of at least $25.

I want to enroll now – but I don’t know what type or how much fuel I’ll be ordering yet.

That’s okay – because when you sign up for the Flex Savings Plan, you are not placing an order. When a Woodpellets.com professional helps you start your plan – you’ll just choose your payment type, the day you’d like your first payment to go through, and the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Later, whether you’ve accumulated $100 or $1000 in account credit, you can place your order whenever you’re ready.

Can I place my order now and apply FSP payments to that order?

No, sorry. The Flex Savings Plan is for future orders only – and we are unable to apply future payments to current orders.

Is it too late to change my payment amount? 

As long as your amount is at least $25, you can change your amount at any point during your plan. We named this program the Flex Savings Plan for a reason…it’s flexible! Just call 1-800-735-5387 to speak to a Woodpellets.com professional. He or she can make adjustments for you, and answer any questions you might have.

 

How do I sign up?

Getting started is easy. Call 1-800-PELLETS to enroll now!

 

Please see more FAQs and Terms and Conditions, here.

How to BBQ with Wood Pellets on Any Type of Grill

Loading up your pellet grill or smoker with wood pellets is easy. But what if you have another type of grill, but still want the smoky infusion from wood pellets in your meal?
How to Use Wood Pellets to BBQ on Any Type of Grill

Here’s a few ways to use bbq pellets on other types of grills:

Sprinkle Method

Ideal for a charcoal grill setup, simply sprinkle a large handful of pellets on hot coals to get going. Close the lid to allow the pellets to smoke, not flame. Enjoy when your meat has reached the desired temperature.

Pan Method

Fill a small baking pan approximately 1/3 full with your choice of bbq wood pellets. Cover with foil and poke a few small holes in the middle of the foil. Place the pan on your coals the heat source of your grill. Close the lid to allow the pellets to smoke – not flame. Enjoy when your meat has reached the desired temperature.

Foil Pouch Method

Fold a large handful of pellets in aluminum foil safe for grilling, and crimp the edges. Poke a few small holes in the foil pouch and place on or near the coals or heat source.

If you really want to commit to infusing wood pellet smoke into your grilling, you could also consider using some stainless steel attachments made for this purpose. There are a wide variety of pellet smoker tubes designed to produce smoke for up to 5 hours.

Are you ready to grill like a pro? Bear Mountain BBQ Wood Pellets deliver the consistent quality you need to take your grill game to the next level. Order online for free shipping on 20-pound bags, available in 5 gourmet flavors!

Maximize Your Pellet Heat Efficiency and Budget with a 3 Ton Bundle

Are you a hardwood burner curious about the high heat and low ash of premium softwood pellets? Have you never experienced the exceptionally clean burn of pellets made with douglas fir wood fiber?

We created our 3-ton pellet bundles to help our customers be economical…and strategic! Heating your home through the season by matching the pellet heat output with the time of year will maximize efficiency.

The Savvy Saver includes two tons of the always reliable Cleanfire Hardwood and one ton of Cleanfire Pacific – a premium softwood pellet fuel and Woodpellets.com best seller.

The Power Pack best sellers bundle is a convenient option for jumpstarting your strategic wood pellet heating plan – perfect for anyone thinking about trying the “Cadillac of Wood Pellets”.

The Blazin’ Bundle includes one ton of Cleanfire Pacific – a Woodpellets.com best seller, and two tons of Hot Shots Douglas Fir – a super hot wood pellet with a fast-growing fan base.

Treat your beloved pellet stove to a season of clean, powerful heat! Choose the bundle that fits your needs AND choose the month you’d like delivery!

 

Questions? Call 1-800-PELLETS to Speak to an Expert!

 

 

*Product availability and pricing vary by region. No substitutions on bundles. Offers can’t be combined.*

Order Wood Pellets Early and Pick Your Delivery Month – or Wait and Pickup Yourself?

Do you typically pick up your wood pellet fuel? If so, have you really broken down the actual cost comparison of pick-up vs. delivery? Of course, coming home from work to see your wood pellets already neatly placed in your driveway is much more convenient, but it comes at a price.

Delivery or Pickup?Depending on where you live and where you buy your pellets, wood pellet and wood brick pick-up and delivery may be available as an option for you. If you are ordering from Woodpellets.com, the website or one of our Customer Service representatives will let you know your options depending on where you live.

Our customers will often ask if the delivery fee is worth it.  After years of experience walking through the pros and cons, Woodpellets.com team members have decided to put together a cost comparison formula:Delivery Vs Pickup Formula

Here are the following variables to keep in mind when crunching your own numbers:

  • Miles Roundtrip: This is the total distance traveled from your house to the pickup location and back.
  • Mileage Cost: Use the average miles/gallon you get in your vehicle, or calculate based on the IRS standard mileage rate for the year.
  • Cost per Hour: How much is your time worth? How might you be spending those hours if you weren’t busy picking up your fuel? Would you be earning money working? Spending time with your family? Getting house and yard work done? You might argue that your time is priceless. However, most people put some value on their time, so we typically use a $10 per hour example as the value of otherwise free time. 
  • Hours Spent: This is based on how far away you live from the pickup location, and loading/unloading time there and at home.
  • Ton(s) Loaded Per Trip: Most vehicles equipped for this task can carry between a half ton and one ton. Determine how much yours can take per trip.
  • Tons Used Annually On Average: Three to four tons is the most typical order size for Woodpellets.com customers. How much do you burn each heating season?

Another way to look at a delivery fee is by breaking down the added cost per bag – instead of on your order total:

If you divide a delivery charge of $59 across a standard order size of 3 tons…that’s only an added 39 cents per bag!

As always, if you have any questions…give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS! We are happy to assist you.

 

A Hard Look at the Current State of the Wood Pellet Industry

As a company in the business of selling wood pellets year round – we are always watching supply/demand fluctuations through the seasons. While it’s scary to think of another wood pellet shortage, it’s impossible to ignore the increasingly tight supply of pellets at the moment.

While demand continued to rise through the 2018-19′ heating season due to increased pellet stove sales and high oil prices, the supply took some serious hits leaving the pellet market in a delicate, vulnerable state.

Aside from the fairly recent series of catastrophic mill fires that crippled production, inventory building has been seriously hindered by weather. Last year’s winter stretched far into spring, which depleted much of the inventory normally built up over the summer. Plus, the extremely wet fall months and bitterly cold November led to historically low levels of raw material and finished product.

While we want to avoid causing a panic – we also want to be honest with our customers about what we’re seeing. For those who remember the winter of 2014, pellet shortages can occur very quickly and without much warning. However, right now the warning signs are glaring. For example, most mills currently have about 20 percent of the inventory as they had last year at this time – and even last year was tight.

In order to stay shortage-proof and avoid inevitable price increases, we strongly recommend you secure your pellet fuel for the next heating season now if you’re able…or at least well in advance.

Wood Pallet DIY Contest: Enter to Win!

Wood Pallet Re-Use DIY Contest

When you finish burning a ton of wood pellets, you’re left with a wooden pallet and empty pellet bags. When you re-stack bags from your pellet delivery, you’re left with the pallets. What do you do with them? Show us a photo for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Post a photo of your upcycle project on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page by August 1st to be entered in the 2019 Earth Day Pallet Project Contest. First place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our past upcycling posts:

Woodpellets.com Wood Pallet DIY and Empty Wood Pellet Bag Reuse Challenge

Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for the environment. There are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away, and all you need is a little creativity and (sometimes) a few tools.

New Products Highlight: Budget Friendly Hardwood, Premium Pine and BBQ Grilling Pellets

Wood & Sons premium wood pellets are a brand new product manufactured in a sparkling clean state-of-the-art pellet mill in southern Maine.

These 100% natural softwood pellets are created with eastern white pine sourced from local sawmills. It’s the clean, fresh raw materials that lay the groundwork for a pleasant burn experience and an impressive ash level of less than .4 percent.

If you’re looking for a consistent burn, a super hot heat output and minimal maintenance – be sure to add Wood & Sons to your pellet fuel order!

Produced right here in the Northeast, Keystone Pellets are a 100% natural PFI Certified Premium grade pellet fuel made from a proprietary blend of hardwood and other wood species, including oak and maple.

Keystone has earned a reputation as a consistently high quality pellet fuel with a nice heat output that’s easier on your wallet.

Woodpellets.com is proud to offer a premium BBQ pellet for the very first time! 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.

Try all five flavors to use with any outdoor Pellet Grill, BBQ or Smoker 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.

Click here to order Bear Mountain for your wood pellet grill or smoker now!

 

 

Heating pellets fine print: pricing, product availability and delivery month options vary by region. Payment is due in full at time of order if delivery month selection is June or after. Offers can’t be combined. Sale pricing ends 4/30/19.
 

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