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Germany: Stockpiling wood in fear of gas shortage

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Posted By: DVC, 9/4/2022 12:10:58 PM

In search for alternatives to heating with gas, Germans are increasingly turning to wood. Wood-burning stoves are subsidized by the government, but experts warn of serious health repercussions. The lumber mill quiets only once Christian Rösgen has turned off his phone. The owner of this mill in a small town close to Bonn in western Germany removes his headset and begins telling stories of Germans stockpiling wood out of fear of the energy crisis looming due to the war in Ukraine. One customer just swapped out his brand-new gas heater for a pellet stove in order to be self-sufficient; Rösgen's supplier, the pellet plant, has run out of stock.


This was written before Russia totally shut down the Nordstream pipeline. And I had to laugh at the guy who replaced his gas brand new gas heater with a wood pellet stove "to be self sufficient"...and wood pellet supplier is out of pellets. He'd only be self-sufficient if he owned a pellet making plant, what a dunce. Dry corn works well in these pellet stoves, a farmer friend told me. He used to save a ton of his feed corn that he grew for his pellet stove to heat for the winter.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 9/4/2022 12:13:09 PM (No. 1268281)
The more I think about those pellet stoves, the more I can see how limited they are. They cannot burn 'any old piece of wood', it has to come from a pellet factory. An ordinary wood stove or coal stove (Germany has a lot of low grade coal) would seem to be far more flexible in what fuel can be used, especially important in a time of shortages.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 9/4/2022 12:14:50 PM (No. 1268286)
Wood is "green" energy, they should have been using it all along.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Vaquero45 9/4/2022 12:24:10 PM (No. 1268304)
I’ve owned two fireplace inserts with catalytic combustors and electric fans, in previous residences. They both worked real well, even with pine logs; they burned hot and clean. When I was a kid in Illinois, my grandmother had a propane stove in their farm’s kitchen that also had a space to build a regular fire. They used corn cobs in it. Those cobs burned hot and clean, too. Someday the Germans will be smart enough to stop electing socialists and depending on Russia for their energy.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 9/4/2022 1:01:05 PM (No. 1268338)
Wood? Doesn't that come from Trees? You can't cut down trees for your own comfort. Trees are sacred. Don't you know that they talk to each other? We should no longer think of them as a renewable resource as we were taught in the olden days. Wait until PETA discovers that banning petroleum products means a return to fur and animal skins for clothing. Petroleum is, to some extent, in practically everything we wear. Please let us learn from what is happening in Germany and stop this man made "Climate Change" insanity before it's too late. Vote, Vote, Vote in November.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: NorthernDog 9/4/2022 1:09:23 PM (No. 1268347)
Germans have a specific word to talk about supply security — Versorgungssicherheit On a side note what a lovely language German is - Not.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: skacmar 9/4/2022 1:27:20 PM (No. 1268361)
To stay Green, Germany and other European nations willingly abandoned dependable nuclear and coal powe plants and became dependent on Russia. Now, in order to stay warm and have any heat sources, the citizens are forced to resort to burning wood and coal in fireplaces. Won't that produce a lot of smoke and ash that wouldn't have been produced without the "Green" push? Green policy caused this problem.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan 9/4/2022 4:00:05 PM (No. 1268474)
How many forests and parks will be decimated by those looking to keep warm this coming winter?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 9/4/2022 4:17:36 PM (No. 1268488)
I think a lot of Germans are going to get to rethink their stupid "green" energy stuff while living in only one room and putting one more chair leg on the fire in February when they can't get any wood and coal is in short supply, too.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/4/2022 4:20:15 PM (No. 1268489)
Canada Every Canadian house has a basement. Every basement has a wood stove. 3 logs a day.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: danu 9/4/2022 9:50:17 PM (No. 1268743)
there's always those woodland witches living in their gingerbread houses.....
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Reply 11 - Posted by: downnout 9/4/2022 10:22:03 PM (No. 1268755)
Completely off topic but #5 reminded me of the quirky and (let’s face it) less than mellifluous German language.. do you know the German word for fuel injection? Inspritzer….
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mifla 9/5/2022 5:59:31 AM (No. 1268837)
Reminds me of post WWII Russia - every tree in sight was cut down as fuel.
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