Not what you might think, however.
One of the most appalling things I can think of to happen to a tree (I think some part of me is part Druid...) is the way they harvest them today, and demolish trees into wood chips, from whole trees to finished product in a very short time. The trees are sucked out of the ground by huge huge machines, roots and all, and chipped into, er, chips. This is where your pellet stoves come in.
We have two power companies in NH, one is the one we use, New Hampshire Electric Coop. Nice folks. really into recycling, reducing costs, waste, and such. The other company is Public Service. They announced last fall or last winter that they were converting their coal fired plants to wood pellets, in an effort to conserve our non renewable resources. Sounds pretty good doesn't it.
All them trees, yessah. Chip, chip, chip.
Now. People have been told for years that burning wood is almost a mortal sin, as it adds pollutants to the air. (apparently oil and gas don't, isn't that good to know) and we could be shut down at anytime by the EPA, there is even a LAW against owning or using a non-approved woodstove. And along comes Public Service to do the very thing we are told we shouldn't be doing and isn't it SWELL?
The drawback to this dance is that most of the loggers are now heading to PSNH with their truck loads, since apparently the money is much better and no one has to spend their days bucking this stuff up, splitting it, dealing with customers, trucks, splinters, mashed fingers, and weather. So they take their logs to a wood chipping facility instead and then race back home for more. It hurts the people who sell wood to home owners and it hurts the homeowners like us who depend totally on wood for fuel. By the first of July we were scrambling to find enough individuals who have a cord here and a cord there, to spare.
We have also been told (and it does almost make sense) that selling seasoned wood is cheaper than selling green, simply because it can be stockpiled and sold year-round, and they can charge more for seasoned. You takes what you can get, I guess.
But what bothers me is all the wood that will be cut down, now, "in the name of' Public Service of New Hampshire". Once that's gone (and the amount of wood chips per hour that get used for this sort of thing is appalling) what will they use? I don't quite know how the system works on a large scale, but I do know that anyone who uses wood chips or pellets in their pellet stove has to rely on electricity to run it. And if PSNH is using electricity to run their giant Pellet Stove in the Sky, well...