Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Sawdust Shock: A Shortage Looms As Economy Slows

By Joel Millman

Ernie Johnson figured $100-a-barrel oil was bound to happen someday. But the 58-year-old businessman Missoula, Mont., never thought he'd see sawdust at $100 a ton.

The price of sawdust has soared since 2006, up from about $25 a ton to more than $100 in some markets. Blame the housing slump: Fewer new homes mean fewer trees cut for use in construction, which leads to less sawdust and other wood waste, driving up the price.

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Folks on a number of the BBQ related forums are talking about this shortage and predicting that the cost of charcoal will be going up soon as a result of the shortage. Time will tell.

Guess this is another reason to move to a stick burner.
Maybe one day I will be one!

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