What is Pellet Fuel?
Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning, and cost-effective alternative currently used throughout approximately 800,000 homes in the United States. With environmentally-conscious practices on the rise, many consumers have evaluated the commercial products they are using and made the switch to those that are safer for the earth.
Benefits of using wood pellets as pellet fuel:
- Pellet fuel has proven to provide the cleanest burn of any solid fuel. Pellet stoves exhaust an average of 1.2 particulate grams per hour – well below the United States EPA wood burning limit of 7.5 grams. This is because the combustion air can be easily regulated, which optimizes the burn efficiency, and because of pellet’s low moisture content.
- Since wood pellets are produced from recycled sawdust, it is a clean way to divert the 6.5 million cubic feet of sawdust, timber by-products, and other waste materials from landfills and turn it into energy. Wood pellets are virtually carbon neutral which means that, on combustion, the wood releases as much carbon dioxide as it absorbed while growing – and as it would release by degrading naturally.
- No dust or dirt is brought into the home with pellet fuel and it is stored in less space. Four times more pellet fuel can be stored in a given space than cordwood or wood chips. A winter’s supply of pellets for an average home occupies a space roughly 6’ x 6’ x 6’, which makes them easy to store in a small area of a dry garage, basement, utility room or shed.
- It’s also easy to use loading your pellet stove once a day. A precisely regulated fuel feed automatically operates the stove according to owner-determined settings.
- Pellets have five to 10 percent moisture content in comparison to 30 to 60 percent for cordwood and woodchips. This means pellets are a more efficient fuel.
- Wood pellets have a BTU output content of 350,000 per cubic foot of fuel, versus 70,000 to 90,000 for cordwood or wood chips. This means pellets produce more heat.