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A friend of BREB told us recently about the Great Wood Pellets Shortage now being endured by those who rely on pellets to help heat their homes.

And, sure enough, the story is true.

The article notes that demand, driven largely by the incredibly cold weather, is outstripping supply of wood pellets.

But our friend said there’s definitely a cyclical supply problem as well. Basically, retailers don’t want to order too many bags of pellets and end up with huge unsold stocks in their stores with the end of winter so close. And, more importantly, manufacturers usually ramp down production of pellets at this time of year as well.

It should be noted that our friend is caught in a real bind: He uses a combination of propane and wood pellets to heat his home. The cost of propane, in case you haven’t heard, has skyrocketed recently, far above the cost of natural gas, heating oil or pellets, for that matter.

So he’s stuck between ridiculously high propane prices and wood pellets that aren’t available.

File under: Goose droppings (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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