AT FINEST HEARTH AND HOME IN BANGOR, MEETING CUSTOMER DEMAND FOR PELLET STOVES IN TIME FOR WINTER JUST GOT HARDER.
Mark Strang says, ":We are going to get our stoves it’s just going to be a month or two later than we were expecting. But right now if you order one, you’re going to get it next year. February, probably at the earliest, possibly january.":
THE MANUFACTURER OF QUADRA FIRE STOVES, WHICH SUPPLIES THIS STORE, BROKE THAT NEWS THIS WEEK.
AND NOW MARK STRANG IS SHARING IT WITH CUSTOMERS.
":Most people, they know the situation and they go with it and they’re fine with it. But other people are just flat out, ‘oh gosh, I can’t wait that long.’":
QUADRA FIRE STOVES ARE MADE BY THE SAME COMPANY THAT OWNS HARMAN STOVES.
SHOPS ACROSS THE STATE RECENTLY LEARNED HARMAN IS NOT EXPECTED TO FILL HUNDREDS OF ORDERS IN MAINE NOW.
BUT WAIT TIMES FOR OTHER BRANDS OF STOVES VARY.
":different manufacturers are being manufactured at different paces.":
BEN TIBBETTS AT SUNRISE HOME AND HEARTH IN BANGOR SAYS, FOR EXAMPLE, STEEL STOVES CAN BE MADE FASTER THAN CAST IRON ONES.
":cast iron ones, i’d be looking at probably january before i’d see it. Steel ones, i have coming within a month.":
TIBBETTS IS DISCOURAGING CUSTOMERS FROM BUYING STOVES THAT WILL TAKE MONTHS TO COME IN.
SO ARE THE FOLKS AT GRANVILLE STONE IN HOLDEN – WHERE CUSTOMERS CAN PICK UP SOME MODELS RIGHT NOW.
Dan Howard says, ":if we have a particular stove that we don’t think we can get before october, we tell them we can’t get it until october. And we try to steer them to the ones we have in stock or that we can get in a shorter turn around time.":
HOWARD SAYS CUSTOMERS CAN STILL FIND PELLET STOVES BEFORE COLD WEATHER ARRIVES – IT MAY JUST TAKE SOME SHOPPING AROUND TO DO IT.
":try not to panic, basically. There are stoves available. No, you might not be able to get it before september, but there’s units out there to be purchased.":