Pellet shortage leaves wood burning stove owners scrambling


Chad Hockett’s search for wood pellets to heat his wood burning stove is finally over. 

“I was on the phone for most of the afternoon yesterday and all morning this morning trying to find some,” said Chad Hockett of El Dorado. 

He uses about a bag and a half a day and was close to running out of his supply at home. 

“I got real lucky when I called here, and he said he was unloading a semi load,” said Hockett. 

A semi truck load from Ohio delivered about 1,100 bags to Woodard Mercantile in Maize Friday to help restock the shelves. 

“So, I got here as fast as I could to pick some up,” said Hockett. 

Leslye Woodard, the owner of Woodard Mercantile in Maize, believes it’s a combination of factors that led to the shortage. 

“When you get to January, people are thinking the winter is almost over and they are trying to get by,” said Woodard. “Retailers are the same way, they’re short on space, spring inventory is coming so everybody’s just kind of let their supply run out. And so now everybody’s kind of in a crisis because we have cold weather coming.” 

“It’s not my primary heating source of the house, but I use it as a supplemental to keep propane costs down,” said Hockett. 

Woodard says several pellet mills have shut down for now and it doesn’t help the situation. 

“We’ve already called them to say can we get another truck load and they say probably not call them on Monday,” said Woodard. 

Woodard realizes they’re lucky to get the large shimpent in this late into Winter. 

“So, hopefully, we can get through with another load of this, and we’ll be able to get everybody taken care of,” said Woodard. 

Hockett didn’t want to take another chance of running out of pellets. 

“I just bought 20 bags this trip, and hopefully, it will get me through this next cold snap,” said Hockett. 

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