Pellet stove business heats up

February 3rd, 2014 in News

By Mike Desotell
EagleHerald

A propane shortage throughout Marinette County has forced many people to dial down their thermostats, some to as low as 55 degrees. The shortage has also resulted in high prices, more than double what they were at the start of the season.

There is one business however that’s heating up as the result of all this – the pellet stove biz. Jeff Rymer of Rymer Heating in Crivitz said he’s been going at a hectic pace since the news broke about the shortage of LP gas.

“Business has increased greatly with a lot of stoves and repair work,” he said. “All of a sudden people are bringing the stoves they weren’t using back into use again and pellets are being sold here almost faster than I can get them in.”

Rymer said he has a good supply on hand thanks to his latest shipment and that more will be coming in over the next two to three weeks.

There are several types of wood and pellet stoves and furnaces on the market. People who live in the country, surrounded by trees and an almost endless supply of fuel may opt for an outdoor wood stove.

“It’s basically someone who has a big house and maybe a shed that they’re heating too and also heating their domestic water,” explained Rymer.

The average indoor pellet stove will set you back about $3,000 and can be used as either a primary or secondary heat source.

“I heat my whole house with a pellet stove and we keep it at 76 degrees,” boasted Rymer. “When the front door opens up it almost looks like a sauna, people can’t believe I can afford to keep it that warm.”…(for the full story click here).

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