Winter Weather Leads To Electric Heater Shortage

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The recent winter weather has led to a shortage of electric heaters in some places in the River Valley.

“A lot of people have been very disappointed, some could be aggravated,” said Home Depot assistant manager Curtis Williams.

Williams said hundreds of electric heaters sold out when the first ice storm hit.

“It`s surprising that they would run out of supplies like heating equipment in the middle of the winter,” said shopper Melana Ridenour.

Williams said the store has had lots of frustrated customers, and the Home Depot is not expecting any new shipments of heaters any time soon.

“We rely on our little space heater,” said shopper McKensey Matlock.

With the recent snowy weather fresh on shoppers' minds, they said the idea of not having heat is alarming.

“It`s cold, very cold,” Ridenour said.

With even more snow and ice in the forecast for the near future, store employees said they do have plenty of kerosene heaters.

“Unfortunately, I don't foresee any more electric heaters coming through just because of the demand of it,” Williams said.

Williams said the store is also out of ice melt as well.


  • heather

    Electric heaters do you no good when the power is out and you are all electric. Sam’s, Sutherlands and Yeager’s all carry a nice little kerosene heater for a little over a 100 bucks and heats better, the one from Sam’s is a 23,000 BTU, the others carry a 10,000 BTU model. That saved our behinds during December’s power outage, we were out for 3 days. With it so cold I am using my kerosene heater and my electric but I just turned off my electric one because I actually had it too hot. Kerosene is 4.29 a gallon at Frost Oil company over in Van Buren, 4.70 at SS Stop in Van Buren. I know that sounds steep, but 2.5 gallons lasted 3 almost 4 days of constantly running that heater. (And buying their fuel is tons cheaper than buying it at Walmart, it’s 20 dollars for 2.5 gallons. You do the math)

    Also, these folks need to check with Walmart, possibly Sam’s or Yeager’s for an electric heater, I saw bunches in stock at those places just this past weekend.

    Home Depot doesn’t seem to keep much in the way of that sort of stuff anyway. Even in December when I was hunting down something that would heat without using electric, this store had only a handful of electric heaters, no kerosene heaters, no propane heaters and no fuel. These stores unfortunately probably need to keep better stock of this stuff from now on.

  • cornerpocket

    I installed a wood burning stove four years ago. It works quite well and in case of a massive power outage I could keep warm for many weeks, or months if I used the pool table for firewood…lol

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