Canada is the world’s largest producer of sulphur. Yet, it is hard for me to buy some cheaply in Winnipeg. I can get a 300g shaker for $6 at Home Depot, a 2 kg sack at a veterinarian supply house if I pay $25 or so, cash, (they advertise 22.7 kg for $12.75 but when I showed up said that was the price per kg…) but I cannot find any other suppliers in the city. The world price is below $200 for a ton.

I should be able to buy a 50 lb sack for $12 or so but I cannot find any supplier. One guy had such a package but would not even tell me the price because I was not a business.

You can see some of Alberta’s 8 million ton stockpile in this picture from Fort McMurray:

The large rectangular shapes in the middle are stacks of 1 ton blocks of sulphur. Those rectangles are a hundred times larger than any building in the place. Alberta ships hopper-cars by rail loaded with the stuff all over North America and to ports for export.

I used to be able to go to any garden supply place and buy a sack. I can make lime-sulphur spray or just dust things with the powder to take care of bugs/fungi.

I can buy it from China by the ton and they import it from Canada… Times and gardeners change, I guess. Perhaps it’s just too cheap to advertise.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Brimstone

  1. Ray says:

    It’s the same story with oil…

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