They’re Not Laughing Now: Wood-burning Stoves and Firewood in Short Supply in Germany as Citizens Fear Freezing to Death Due to Gas Shortages
In 2018 during his speech to the UN General Assembly President Donald Trump lodged a warning to Germany about their country’s reliance on Russian energy.
The German delegation laughed on camera at the remarks.
In June Russia announced it will reduce natural gas flows through a key European pipeline by roughly 40% into Germany.
German politicians called this a political move.
Trump was right again.
The Germans aren’t laughing now.
In fact, gas prices are so high in Germany today that wood-burning stoves and firewood have become scarce nationwide.
German citizens are loading up on wood to heat their homes next year — just like they did in the Middle Ages.
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JUST IN – Fear of freezing: Wood stoves and firewood are in short supply nationwide in Germany.
“The market is empty,” Gerd Müller, head of the office of the German Firewood Association, tells dpa.
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Apparently, German politicians are as inept as the crazy Democrats in America.
The Ukraine war and concerns about the energy supply have unsettled many citizens. The result: wood-burning stoves are in demand like never before. But even an oven does not guarantee heat if there is no firewood.
Wood-burning stoves and firewood have become scarce nationwide in the wake of the Ukraine war. Furnace builders and installers can hardly save themselves from orders from concerned customers who want to install an additional heating option in their house or apartment.
“When the war broke out, demand exploded,” says a spokesman for the Central Association for Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning (ZVSHK) in Sankt Augustin on request.
But even a stove does not guarantee a warm living room next winter: because the firewood dealers are also faced with a nationwide rush of customers and can no longer meet the exorbitantly increased demand in many places. “The market is empty,” says Gerd Müller, head of the office of the Federal Firewood Association in Kamen.
The triggers are obviously both the skyrocketing gas and heating oil prices as well as the concern that the heating could remain cold next winter. “People are unsettled or even scared,” says the Central Association for Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning. At least some customers will probably not get their stove before the end of next winter. According to the ZVSHK, the waiting time is a year in some cases. There are around 2,000 furnace construction companies nationwide.