Pellet fuel supplies OK in Maine

Posted Nov. 26, 2008, at 9:52 a.m.

Maine retailers and consumers are being reassured that households who heat their homes with fuel pellets will have an adequate supply this winter.

The state’s pellet fuel manufacturers issued a statement Tuesday to allay fears about current shortages. It said those shortages came about when many consumers stockpiled their entire winter supply in the fall.

The manufacturers say production is up fivefold over the same time a year ago, and they plan to double production again within six months.

Many Maine households shifted to pellet stoves following last winter’s big spike in heating oil prices.

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