I stopped by the Innes Rona this morning on the way home from an appointment with Dr. Auger. They didn't have wood stove pellets and didn't know when they'd come in, but a very helpful employee told me to look up "Ottawa Wood Pellets" online. After calling the nice man at Ottawa Wood Pellet Sales to ask the very stupid question "Do you have wood pellets?" (tomorrow I think I will call Canadian Tire and ask if they have tires) I headed out! ... and out and out and out.
Past places that sold RVs and hot tubs... past corn and wheat and tractors... to a guy who farms and sells pellet stoves and pellets! He's got lots and lots in stock, $4.80 for the 40lb bags and $4.50 for 35lb bags that are meant to be used as horse bedding. (apparently they are a little softer and break apart a little easier) And he says he keeps them in stock all year!
So if you are willing to drive down to Mitch Owens Road, or if you can work out delivery with him (not sure how much it would cost, but his card says he delivers) you may not need to hoard wood stove pellets in the summer anymore. Yay! But given the problems Rona's had getting them in, I bought 400lb anyway.
Ottawa Wood Pellet Stoves
8310 Mitch Owens Rd., Edwards, Ontario K0A 1V0
If you're driving there, don't trust Google Maps - take 417 to Boundary Rd. to Mitch Owens, not Bank to Mitch Owens.
Edit: Oh, and he apparently only takes cash or cheques, judging by what's on the receipt he gave me. Dunno if he'd actually take a cheque for a relatively small purchase, but regardless, don't expect to use your debit card.