Germany’s Running Out Of Energy: Wind Turbine Construction Stalls, Firewood Becoming Scarce!

From the NoTricksZone

By P Gosselin

Wind energy installation stalls, firewood becomes scarce as Germany shuts down its coal and nuclear power, sees gas stockpiles dwindles away. 

Firewood is getting scarce in Germany as heating prices skyrocket. Photo: P. Gosselin

As natural gas and oil for heating skyrockets, many Germans are now turning to firewood as a way to keep warm this coming winter. But now firewood is getting rare too, and prices are skyrocketing. The German online Merkur reports of “exploding demand”.

According to firewood dealer Konrad Kötterl. “Some people are panicking about not being able to get any more wood.” As a result, they’re stockpiling. Normally, he has three to four orders a day in the summer. “Right now, it’s 20 to 30.”

Personally, I called a local firewood dealer earlier in the week. They told me they have none left and that they could put me down on a waiting list.

Wind turbine woes

Meanwhile, Die kalte Sonne here reports on how wind energy installation is moving along only at a snail’s pace, and so will never be able to rescue Germany from its accelerating energy demise:

“Germany’s government The expansion of wind energy is making only snail-like progress. The German Tagesschau reports, but forgets to clarify that the 57,000 megawatts are rated nominal capacity. While this could theoretically be achieved, in practice it almost never is.

In the first half of 2022, 238 new wind turbines were installed with a combined capacity of 977 megawatts. This means that the speed of wind power expansion is similar to the same period last year – it has even decreased slightly, explained the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the VDMA machine and plant building association.

Since old turbines were also decommissioned, the so-called net addition in the first half of the year was 878 megawatts, which is slightly more than in the previous year’s comparison. According to the report, at the end of the first half of the year, there were 28,000 wind turbines in Germany with a total capacity of just under 57,000 megawatts.’

What is astonishing in the report are the figures on employees in the industry. Currently there are 100,000, but there had once been 40,000 – 50,000 more. That’s not really much when measured against a total of more than 40 million jobs subject to social security contributions. Renewable energies are often portrayed as a job miracle machine, but the potential is limited and modest, especially compared to other industries.”

The energy situation in Germany has deteriorated so much that Swiss publicist Roland Tichy asks: “Are we on the path back to the Stone Age?”

Well, at least Sone Age people had enough firewood.

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GeneDoc
July 16, 2022 10:05 pm

Schwartzvald beware!

TyTy
Reply to  GeneDoc
July 17, 2022 2:47 am

Fact Check: Germany won’t survive winter without Russian gas – official

The president of the national energy regulator has warned that Germany doesn’t have sufficient gas reserves

Nice to see Fox finally telling the truth about Russia.

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D Allen
Reply to  TyTy
July 19, 2022 9:57 am

(Fire up) the German Nuke plants and they will not have a cold winter.
Wind energy is unreliable.
Germany does not have their own oil and gas reserves.
Solar is unreliable.
Hydro electric needs lots of water falling down hill to work.
Germany has lots of flat land especially up north..
Not good for hydro there.
Or you can whore your country out to Russia.

JoeBlowSmith
Reply to  GeneDoc
July 19, 2022 1:52 pm

Well at least they are saving the planet NOT all the global warming crap is a means to implement SOCIALIST MARXISM & COMMUNISM and take away what freedoms the world has left its like Covid the elites see a way to make money and make citizens poor

Dennis
July 16, 2022 10:05 pm

The best hardwood firewood I have used was from a house extension and renovation building site, timber framework cut into strips aged for fifty years.

I have a new trailer load at my home now.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Dennis
July 17, 2022 1:57 pm

Do you live in Germany? If not, you have a wonderful export opportunity there!

Mr.
Reply to  Dennis
July 17, 2022 5:03 pm

Seasoned Eucalyptus and Acacia species make the world’s best firewood, in my experience.

Much better than conifers I reckon.

Bryan A
July 16, 2022 10:47 pm

I’d make a beeline to the nearest coal mine and gather “Old Wood” for a higher density fuel source to keep my house warm

PCman999
Reply to  Bryan A
July 16, 2022 11:27 pm

Should work in a wood stove or fireplace just as well as wood – actually better, as coal will burn cleaner.

Burn coal and leave the trees in the ground!

Steve Case
Reply to  PCman999
July 17, 2022 1:15 am

…coal will burn cleaner.
___________________

When a blacksmith lights off his forge, coal produces a thick ugly green smoke that looks positively ghastly. When the forge heats up, that smoke ignites. Throw wood on top of glowing embers, and it smokes and then ignites too, but that initial smoke is not that nasty green color.

186no
Reply to  PCman999
July 17, 2022 2:11 am

…and longer

Mark Miller
Reply to  PCman999
July 17, 2022 4:32 am

Tours of a couple older coal mines 1) Lancaster UK and 2) Scranton, PA-

https://coalpail.com/coal-forum/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=55227

michael hart
Reply to  Mark Miller
July 17, 2022 2:50 pm

Pedant alert.
I lived in Lancaster for 13+ years and never learned of a local coal coal mine.
Lancashire, yes,
Lancaster, no.

Lancashire was a funny old County, geographically speaking.
If Yorkshire was neutered by the County boundary changes in 1974, Lancashire suffered much more as its jewels were ripped from its crotch.

Mark Miller
Reply to  michael hart
July 17, 2022 3:38 pm

Thanks for catching my typo.

1973 or 4 was the start of the first oil crisis if I don’t recall.

I wasn’t aware that the UK modified country borders back then.

FranklinDLeatherBelt
Reply to  Mark Miller
July 19, 2022 9:33 am

That’s not what a typo is. What you made was a mistake, not a ‘typo’.

‘Lancastrr” is a typo. As is ‘Lsncaster’.

What you typed was simply wrong.

CLF
Reply to  FranklinDLeatherBelt
July 19, 2022 12:38 pm

Are you a nitpicking Virgo? One correction is fine. The second was arrogant, condescending, and annoying.

Richard Page
Reply to  michael hart
July 17, 2022 3:57 pm

I used to live in one of the areas of ‘Greater Manchester’ just after it was formed I think.

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  PCman999
July 17, 2022 6:59 am

Coal burns hotter . Make sure stove can handle coal .

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
July 17, 2022 7:14 am

Both are messy…use a NG furnace and set the thermostat to 65 and wear thermal underwear.

Bryan A
Reply to  Antigriff
July 17, 2022 7:48 am

Germany is running short on NG

Dave Fair
Reply to  Antigriff
July 17, 2022 9:55 am

Thanks for the lousy lifestyle attainment tip.

Rusty
Reply to  Antigriff
July 17, 2022 10:01 am

Have you seen natural gas prices in the UK? That’s why having a fireplace or wood stove will save £££s this winter.

Bryan A
Reply to  Rusty
July 17, 2022 5:07 pm

£££ hell, save more than Pounds…save Tonnes

Gary Pearse
Reply to  PCman999
July 17, 2022 10:14 am

You would have to replace with a heavier grate for coal if for a period of extended use.

WoodTroller
Reply to  PCman999
July 19, 2022 10:54 am

Burning coal in a wood stove designated for only wood is big heap’m trouble.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bryan A
July 17, 2022 9:53 am

I gathered coal on an Alaskan beach for my fireplace.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 17, 2022 4:36 pm

G’Day Dave,

By any chance were you living in Homer? Have a friend born and raised there. She and her brother made money collecting and selling coal from the beach.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
July 17, 2022 9:40 pm

Yep, Gabby. I lived for a time in a large home perched on a cliff overlooking Homer, the Spit and the Kachemak Bay. Fabulous times (oh, the stories) and breathtaking scenery. Moose giving birth up against the side of the house and raising the calves in the willows across the gravel road, my young daughter naming them all. Small black bears trying to get in through the dog door. Doing shooters of smuggled mescal from Mexico in plastic gas cans with the Sheriff at Don Jose’s while giving each other breathalyzer tests. Don’t get me started!

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 18, 2022 8:06 am

G’Day Dave,

I did a screen ‘snip’ of the two comments, sent it to the lady. The reply this morning:

Yes whiz… It is a small world. Thanks. Hope you and Carole are doing good. We’re fine for old people.”

She and her husband are in their 70’s — youngsters.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
July 19, 2022 6:08 pm

Gabby, I hope your wife’s name is Carole because mine’s isn’t.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 19, 2022 6:42 pm

G’Day Dave,

It is. The answer was intended for us, but since it didn’t really say much, in fact nothing about Homer, I thought I’d put it up to indicate that at least I tried.

DoB for the lady would be around 1950. Not sure when she came to the States. Maiden name not known. At one point while still in high school she was a relief telephone ‘Operator’. From her description it was a manual board, RCA jack style. Later, worked in the kitchen in a cannery. She is a darn good cook. Worked in our local Senior Center, about 80 lunches five days a week. Gave that up when her husband became ill. Haven’t seen either of them in town for several years. A pity, she dressed high Victorian and was a favorite with tourists.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
July 19, 2022 10:47 pm

Thanks for the info, Gabby.

Coeur de Lion
July 16, 2022 10:55 pm

Uk’s wind 12% of demand as I write, large high pressure over Germany with no wind until mebbe am Thursday. (UK Met Office)

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 17, 2022 2:00 pm

But it’s still summer there, with not a great amount of air conditioning. Wait until winter!

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Mike Lowe
July 18, 2022 10:01 am

That’s when they need air conditioning?

Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 12:23 am

Looking at the BBC synoptic charts we can see the claim that enough turbines all across Europe will ensure we have the ability to export power from windy to calm areas: there’s a blocking continental high from Norway to Morocco. The Gridwatch Templar site shows the result with limited renewables generation and the UK exporting energy to France where the wheels are coming off the nuclear fleet. That’s fine now, but in winter these conditions come with high demand and no solar because of the stratocumulus cloud and fog. That will mean energy rationing, aka power cuts.

The UK’s Hodder Bowland shale is in places more than a kilometre thick. There are estimates of more than one hundred year’s supply of methane, that ‘halfway to hydrogen’ gas beneath our feet.

Currently the Biden war on energy has, apparently left a lot of fracking rigs idle over the Permian play. Could we borrow them? And there are three politicians looking for an edge as they compete to be the next UK Conservative Party leader.

Here’s an edge. Frack, you fools.

JF

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 1:45 am

There are various web sites to obtain electricity generation data, Gridwatch gives UK and France, RED Electrica Spain, Germany here, Denmark at energinet.dk, Italy at terna.it

You can look at every UK Renewable Generator at REF

Looking at all of current data on a day like today is very depressing.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 4:07 am

“France where the wheels are coming off the nuclear fleet.”

Another one talking bollox about France!
The NPPs are usually taken off for maintenance during summer months when electricity demand is low, IN PREPARATION for winter months.

Seems like Griff you are yet another one talking rubbish about a country you don’t live in, and no F-A about!

Macron did say Flammenville has to come on line but is talking out of his ass when it comes to the “energy transition” probably deliberately to throw off the blatently biased interviewers on the 14th July.

We won’t have black outs in France next winter – that’s for sure, and the TGVs will run on time, unlike Germany’s unreliable DB and Britain’s hopeless railways.

Climate believer
Reply to  pigs_in_space
July 18, 2022 12:07 am

You should probably post before the 2nd Pastis kicks in…/joke

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 4:11 am

Brandon flew all the way to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil, knowing before he left that
they would tell him to go pound sand. Once there, he still said he’d use all his power to
push the GND. AF1 & the E-4 Airborne CP alone wasted 150k gals of fuel- enough for 5 people
to average 15k mi/yr for 60 yrs (Who knows how many other aircraft were airborne.). All of
that cuz Nobama will use that dumb bass to jam the GND down our throats. Hopefully, Bozo Joe
will go full “Trunalimunumaprzure” ASAP.

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Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 17, 2022 5:22 am

Has Biden not heard of Skype or Zoom?

william Johnston
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 17, 2022 7:10 am

Too technical for him. You can’t fist bump on skype.

rbabcock
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 4:39 am

no solar because of the stratocumulus cloud and fog”

And the fact the panels are only subject to a few hours a day of enough Sun to actually produce enough electricity of consequence eveb when it is sunny. I was working in Paris around the winter solstice and coming from the US south, didn’t realize just how low the Sun is at noon.

Dave
Reply to  rbabcock
July 17, 2022 8:32 am

Paris is similar latitude as the northern part of Newfoundland in Canada.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  rbabcock
July 18, 2022 10:12 am

We in Michigan go “up north” to 45 degrees north. Just met someone from Germany who thought our sun was intense. Turns out they are warmer than us on average but are at 53 degrees north. I think Americans and Europeans tend not to realize how much farther north Europe is than most of the US.

rbabcock
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
July 19, 2022 12:25 pm

I once went to see my son play at a soccer camp in SE North Carolina in early July. One of the coaches, a Brit, had just gotten in from Manchester the previous day and was out on the field at 1pm, 98 degrees with a dew point in the 80’s. That poor guy was as red as anyone I’d seen and they had to wrap iced towels around him under a tent on the field. Everyone else was running around like it was normal. Only thing was water breaks were more frequent.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 10:23 am

If you are going to frack, when protesters arrive, advise them that they can opt to refuse to accept natural gas from the project and offer them a contract to sign for the purpose.

Richard Page
Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 17, 2022 4:03 pm

Or use the same legislation as for flying pickets on them.

Richard Page
Reply to  Julian Flood
July 17, 2022 4:02 pm

All of the candidates seem nervous about going against the green grain. It’s going to take a new PM with serious balls to restart fracking and I’m not sure any of the candidates have what it takes.

J.R.
July 17, 2022 12:46 am

Dealing with the non-existent “climate emergency” leads to real emergencies. I doubt this will have much effect on true believers. However, I hope most of the population will finally wake up and throw the green fraud and its adherents out the window.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  J.R.
July 17, 2022 1:35 am

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Climate believer
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 17, 2022 9:58 am

Nice, I’d forgotten that one.

Alan M
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 17, 2022 6:09 pm

Wasn’t that from Peter Senge The Fifth Discipline

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  J.R.
July 17, 2022 1:51 am

The problem is that most people think that CO2 represents a big chunk of the atmosphere, wind produces a big chunk of electricity and natural disasters are increasing.

Out of 12 Disciples there was only one Thomas, personally I think he took far too much on trust, but I’m sure that is a good representation of any population, even technically and scientifically competent ones. Less than 10% say “are you sure about that, can I put my finger in the wound?”

Old Man Winter
July 17, 2022 1:12 am

“wind energy installation is moving along only at a snail’s pace, and so will never be able to rescue Germany from its accelerating energy demise”

Even if wind installation was going a lot faster, it still can’t rescue Germany. Currently, there is
enough wind nameplate capacity to meet ~100% of Germany’s use but it only has an average
capacity factor of 20%- 18% onshore, 35% offshore- both well below an industry average of
40%-45%, which is what the UK has. It’s solar nameplate capacity is similarly sized, with a capacity
factor of 9%, similar to the UK. It’s obvious solar N of the Alps is a loser & Germany’s wind potential is fairly poor (see map below).

To make things worse, Germany was planning to “double down on stupid” with a lot more wind &
solar. It wisely decided to keep its coal plants active which is becoming harder as Rhine R. levels
are the lowest since 2007. They should also import as many wood chips as possible for the dirtier-
than-coal biomass plants & to supply DIY peasants. Habeck is 100% anti-nuclear but that could
change as winter draws near, especially if this fall turns cold early. He’d hate to see the peasants
“Go Full Sri Lanka”!

h/t Der Griffmeister 😉
https://www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/germanys-2022-renewables-and-energy-reforms

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Germany-Faces-Coal-Supply-Crisis-As-Rhine-River-Waters-Dwindle.html

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Cosmic
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 17, 2022 3:21 pm

Dum ignorant, naive people. Suffer. I could care less. Now we just need to make damn sure it does not get any worse here with the incompetent left and dum old Biden in charge for now.

Klem
July 17, 2022 1:46 am

Germany has always been at the forefront of climate alarmism, i believe like many countries they once declared a national climate emergency. Now they are engaged in a real emergency, an energy emergency.

When this is all over, $20 says Germans will return to fighting climate change with solar and wind again, just like before. That’s how strong is the climate alarmist religion, they will have learned nothing.

fretslider
July 17, 2022 1:53 am

I live near a wooded common

There is a stream nearby

Ready for the neo Neolithic age

Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 3:13 am

Sorry, with the population density of today the wood and water will be gone after a few years.

fretslider
Reply to  climanrecon
July 17, 2022 3:20 am

That’s where the cricket bat comes in

Dave Fair
Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 10:11 am

AR15 or AK. Stock up on ammo.

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 4:07 pm

Sod cricket bats, I got a stout billhook blade attached to a pickaxe handle for dealing with my overgrown garden. It is multipurpose.

Derg
Reply to  climanrecon
July 17, 2022 3:50 am

Which year?

joe x
Reply to  climanrecon
July 17, 2022 5:51 am

have you seen these?

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Bryan A
Reply to  joe x
July 17, 2022 7:51 am

That’s climate induced glacial melt pool flooding

Dave Fair
Reply to  climanrecon
July 17, 2022 10:14 am

On the bright side, the population will collapse with the demise of modern, FF-based industrial societies.

186no
July 17, 2022 2:10 am

Demand may well be “exploding” in some parts of Germany, an unfortunate term but the reality we know to be very very different so without casting aspersions on the source, it is a tad OTT? We have travelled extensively in rural France, Austria and Germany; many more people have wood burners or open fires than the UK. It is very common to see uniformly cut staves stacked in the open or down the weather lee side of their house/chalet. Not uncommon to have several years supply accumulated and therefore yards and yards of regimented fuel stacks per household. Suspect the demand is higher but needs to be “seen” in this context; theft of wood will be exploding for certain this winter.

Not surprising that France and Germany are much more heavily wooded – as are parts of western Europe – than the UK. Lord Deben has been strangely quiet about energy topics of late…..or is that just my imagination?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  186no
July 17, 2022 2:36 am

I can confirm that this is a common feature in rural Europe, having lived there, and visited many different countries too.

I can also confirm that these are a tiny minority of dwellings. Even in rural areas, most dwellings do not rely on wood, but gas, oil or electricity. You may see a lot of woodpiles, but it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate how scattered they are, and how dense the population is in comparison even in small towns, let alone cities.

186no
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
July 17, 2022 5:02 am

It is not a tiny majority – it may not be a feature in many urban areas but not unknown. Correct, it is not the sole source of heating. In rural North eastern France, Saarland, Baden Wurttembourg, Schwarzwald and western Vorarlberg all of which we have visited, walked, skied and driven through for 40 + years, it is emphatically not “a tiny majority”. It was German we met who told us the outside regimented stores of staves represented supplies for X years – the longer the row, the more years of supplies.

The first time we drove to the Haute Savoie, we smelled the wood fires for many many miles after leaving the A40; same experience in the Montafon valley which is over 50 km long.

Climate believer
Reply to  186no
July 17, 2022 2:05 pm

I’m afraid Zig has statistics on his side, for France anyway.

The attached chart from INSEE 2015 shows heating with wood (Bois) represents only 5% of households. (highlighted)

That percentage will be heavily weighted in mountain regions such as Haute Savoir.

This number has no doubt evolved in the intervening years, but it is still a long way off the 39 and 35% of households that heat their homes with gas and electricity respectively.

These statistics come from L’institut national de la statistiques et des études économique.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  186no
July 17, 2022 10:18 am

None of this helps the vast majority of people living in urban and suburban areas. A few people freezing and/or going hungry will change the politics rapidly.

Cosmic
Reply to  186no
July 17, 2022 3:24 pm

And burning wood is better than natural gas, nuke, oil or coal? Idiots All.

Jørgen F.
July 17, 2022 2:22 am

…next thing is they’ll start to use cooking oil for heating and transport. Ohh – they already did.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Jørgen F.
July 17, 2022 4:17 am

Back here they started to back pedal on heating Narva.
Thanks to the EU diktats they said, only 20days max per year of oil shale…the rest came over the border via Gazprom’s filial.

Now everyone is running around like headless chickens working out how to restart serious shale oil mine production and convert back all the communal heating back to 100% shale…

Meanwhile they installed solar panels at 60N where they produce sweet F-A in winter months and plan a new huge wind farm down the road, cos the wind doesn’t blow for weeks at a time in winter…

Stupid does as stupid is eh??

StephenP
Reply to  pigs_in_space
July 17, 2022 5:49 am

Who were the Eurocrats who produced these diktats?
They should be named and shamed.
(And be made to suffer the energy shortages they are responsible for.)
(Including Deben.)

Dave Fair
Reply to  StephenP
July 17, 2022 10:21 am

Don’t worry: There are many light-posts available. Out-of-work and hungry people have short fuses.

ozspeaksup
July 17, 2022 2:27 am

sent this to mates last night;
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/deutsche-bank-now-modeling-german-households-chopping-wood-keep-warm-winter

damn this is good
so they try n cut trees the woods GREEN so wont burn anyway
they dont have a lot of non protected areas to harvest either
aged wood is scarce as it is I gather as are wood heaters
and then the greenies banned them anyway due to air pollution, so theyd have to change laws as well
ps
and who in their right mind burns PINE? unless they want to be cleaning flues frequently

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 17, 2022 9:51 am

The Fins. Ever see a Tulakivi Soapstone fireplace? They’re awesome, you vaporize the creosote because they burn hot enough to do that. All you get is some fly ash, little cleaning is needed.

You can burn 2×4’s in them if you have scraps on hand.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 17, 2022 10:26 am

Maybe allowing a petulant Scandinavian teenager to set the country’s energy policy was not the brightest idea after all.”

Drake
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 17, 2022 5:08 pm

Pine and fir along with some aspen is all I burn. I burned on weekends 2 times a month until I retired in 2018 and burn for primary heat almost all winter the last 4 winters. We do have forced air propane heat so no problem with keeping the cabin arm when needed.

My main fireplace has a catalytic converter. My smaller soapstone one does not, but I do not use it much, just when it is really cold and windy.

I use a Rutland Kwikshot creosote chemical cleaner burned in a reasonably hot fire about once every 8 to 10 days of use.

I cleaned the chimneys last year for the first time since they were installed in 2006. There was almost NO crap to speak of. My 6 inch 30 foot smaller chimney had about 1 gallon of ash. The shorter, about 18 foot, but bigger 8 inch main chimney had about the same. But these are triple wall steel chimneys, not masonry, and once hot, they draw really well so I limit combustion air to keep the fires hot. My main fireplace is on the 3rd grate due to the others burning away, partially from hot fires, and I think partially from the creosote chemicals.

Now if hard wood would just grow near me at 8600 foot elevation I would be happy to burn that. But since I cut and split all my firewood, I burn what is available for free.

Leo Smith
July 17, 2022 2:43 am

Well, at least Stone Age people had enough firewood.

Depends on where they were living. Some savannah inhabiting tribes use dried animal dung to this day.

tgasloli
July 17, 2022 4:45 am

You mean to say you can’t power a 21st century economy on the 14th century’s power: wind & wood?
I’m shocked, who could have predicted that.😁

Captain climate
July 17, 2022 5:17 am

Let them freeze. The consequences of piss-poor energy and foreign policy from Merkel and the greens before her need to be enormous, loud, and echoing. Just like every time there’s a hurricane and climate is blamed, these actual self-inflicted catastrophes need to be broadcasted everywhere as evidence of what these policies will inflict on all of us.

Cosmic
Reply to  Captain climate
July 17, 2022 3:28 pm

Yep, I hope a lot of suffering occurs and is shouted from the hilltops. It’s the only way to turn this crap around.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Captain climate
July 17, 2022 9:11 pm

I reckon Merckel was Stasi to the core of her bone.
Nobody else could possibly have handed the German on a plate to Putin and that cretin Schroeder + Sechin who stole all of Yukos assets.

They should be hanged from the nearest lamp posts if Germans freeze to death.

Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2022 5:56 am

When reality hits the fan, it’s funny how quickly the hatred of fossil fuels turns to love. Even Biden fist-bumps fossil fuels now.

Redge
July 17, 2022 5:57 am

What happened to all the trees that were chopped down to make way for the bird choppers?

griff
July 17, 2022 6:31 am

Well the recently passed new wind energy legislation should change that… removes all sorts of red tape which has been delaying onshore wind (offshore wind was proceeding nicely)

MarkW
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 8:00 am

God forbid the peons have any say in what the government builds on their land

Dave Andrews
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 8:44 am

Except they are running out of vessels to build the offshore wind farms, especially as the turbines are getting larger than the current vessels can handle.

https://windeurope.org/newsroom/news/europes-offshore-wind-expansion-will-depend-on-vessel-availability/

rbabcock
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 10:24 am

Can’t install a large wind turbine in a gale. You also can’t run one either. As the North Atlantic cools there will be more and more gales. Just one more problem with these worthless pieces of s##t.

Doonman
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 11:40 am

Does the new legislation produce wind turbines from power produced from wind turbines?

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 2:33 pm

Let’s see what people who know about the new legislation say….

The solar power industry association BSW was all but unimpressed, however, calling the compromise a collection of “completely inadequate and half-baked compromises in terms of climate policy”. 

Green energy supplier Lichtblick said the reform lacked vision and courage and remained a “bureaucratic monster”.

Ralf Schmidt Pleschka, Energy and Climate Policy Coordinator at LichtBlick said “ground-breaking reforms such as the abolition of the EEG levy were not even discussed”.

He criticised that the attempt to advance the inclusion of renewables into the power market had failed.

Greenpeace Germany said the new EEG was sending a “disastrous signal, considering that the expansion of wind energy in Germany has been at rock bottom for several years, instead of driving climate protection as the engine of the energy transition”.

Climate expert Andree Böhling said with the current legislation, “Germany would not be able to achieve an expansion to 65 percent renewables.”

These are your people Grifter…

LdB
Reply to  Climate believer
July 17, 2022 8:32 pm

Griff isn’t paid to think only post

Cosmic
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 3:28 pm

Oh shut up.

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 4:13 pm

Griff – it won’t matter a damn; there’s no more money in wind or solar and companies are trying to get out of the business, not buy in – new contracts are priced so low that, even with subsidies added in, they can’t even break even.

Bryan A
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 5:09 pm

Now that can build Bird and Bat Choppers in even more critical wildlife habitat areas

Graemethecat
Reply to  griff
July 18, 2022 9:29 am

If Wind is so wonderful, why does it need subsidies?

Insufficiently Sensitive
July 17, 2022 6:49 am

Didn’t the EU just surrender and agree to use nuclear and gas energy to stop skyrocketing prices and avoid masses of outraged voters?

Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2022 6:53 am

If there’s no wood, just buy candles, and use the candle-under-flowerpot trick. 60 candles can heat a 100 sq. foot space. So, here’s what you do (patent pending) – buy your candles and flowerpots by the gross (you will need an area set aside for storeage). Then you set up your candles and flowerpots in a room you want to heat, leaving room for “pathways” so you can light them all. While that room is heating, set up another room the same way, but don’t light them yet. Then you go back to the first room, now warm, extinguish the candles (for safety), and set them up in a third room. Now you light the candles in the 2nd room, and go to the first room, which is warm still. Once that room has cooled, go to the 2nd room, which is now warm, and remove those candles, setting those up in the first room, and also light the candles in the third room, then you can enjoy the now-warmed 2nd room. And so on. I know it sounds a bit complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly, I promise. And think of all the jobs you’ll be making for candle and flower pot makers. Win-win!

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william Johnston
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2022 7:17 am

And all that running around should also help keep you warm.

Leslie MacMillan
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2022 8:28 am

It shows vividly how labour-intensive it is to try to accomplish anything without machines powered by energy.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2022 10:00 am

With a two-story house, put louvered registers (open & close) in your ceilings so you don’t have to
lug all those pots up & down stairs. You may need to use more pots/room.

Jon-Anders Grannes
July 17, 2022 9:17 am

To pave the Wave for political radical solutions They have to create crisis?

Dave Fair
July 17, 2022 9:52 am

Please note that the price increases (shortages) started last fall in Germany, long before Russia became an issue. It is the lack of FF development that drove the current crisis.

Rusty
July 17, 2022 10:06 am

I’ve been collecting firewood here in the UK for the coming winter for months now. I do a lot of off-road cycling and see fallen trees all over the place. Most have been there for a few years.

A mini chainsaw, a home built trailer connected to the mountain bike and I can haul a decent load out each time to the car and larger trailer parked nearby.

The hot weather has been drying the split logs out nicely.

markl
July 17, 2022 10:50 am

“German Tagesschau reports, but forgets to clarify that the 57,000 megawatts are rated nominal capacity. While this could theoretically be achieved, in practice it almost never is.” Are their any sizable installations that produce name plate capacity for more than an extremely short period of time?

shoehorn
July 17, 2022 1:33 pm

Europeans chopping trees for firewood in a sweltering Global Warming-driven summer, but isn’t it dreadful what Brazilians are doing to the Amazon Forrests, the Lungs of the World!

Mike Lowe
July 17, 2022 1:56 pm

How are supplies of animal dung holding up? Must have become VERY expensive!

Bob
July 17, 2022 2:24 pm

The Germans are smarter than this, what has become of them?

michael hart
July 17, 2022 2:33 pm

“firewood becomes scarce as Germany shuts down its coal and nuclear power,…”

There’s a lot of trees in Russia, though I don’t think Napoleon or Mr Hilter brought many back with them.

Cosmic
July 17, 2022 3:10 pm

Gawd the leftist are scum and dum. Get them out of power at all costs. They are ruinous, authoritarian pukes! Dangerous to all living souls.

Peter
July 17, 2022 4:53 pm

now firewood is getting rare too“. How is that possible?!?! The Germans just agreed to cut down forests to make way for wind turbines. That should have given them enough wood to last at least this winter.

Oh wait… “The expansion of wind energy is making only snail-like progress“. I guess most of the forest is still standing.

Eric Stevens
July 17, 2022 5:09 pm

“Well, at least S(t)one Age people had enough firewood”

But then, they didn’t have too many people.

Maria
July 19, 2022 9:28 am

German Govt. Laughed when TRUMP told them what was going to happen, Laugh along with them.

jpk
July 19, 2022 9:33 am

Tell Ukraine no more money or weapons and to negotiate peace ASAP … They are taking us down the path to WWIII.

Chipper
July 19, 2022 9:37 am

if the German people don’t want to freeze to death this winter, they should deal with their liberal progressive government.

Oh, wait… I forgot. Germany has no Second Amendment.

Viel Gluck, dumme Arschen.

Jeff Smathers
July 19, 2022 9:52 am

It’s OK …. the politicians have theirs.

Mike Jefferson
July 19, 2022 10:22 am

They did this to themselves – a country which has always been energy challenged has continued to find ways to thwart themselves.

Bob
July 19, 2022 10:49 am

Germany has great, but untapped geothermal resources. The need to start getting serious about investing in geothermal plants.

WoodTroller
July 19, 2022 10:52 am

Now they will have to cut the trees down to accommodate the green wind mills. Smiles…walks away.

Pseudo
July 19, 2022 11:02 am

They can get more from their buddies the Ruskies.

kupert99
July 19, 2022 12:40 pm

Using up the wood to produce heat. Using up the wood to increase CO2 emissions since there are fewer trees to convert CO2 to oxygen. Maybe we can use fossil fuels to save the trees?

booty_malone
July 19, 2022 1:58 pm

Time to import clean burning antracite coal to Germany from Pennsylvania.

Etienne
July 20, 2022 11:53 am

Das ist schade lol

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