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Friday, February 23, 2018
Article written by Kari Eriksson

What is Pellets Apart from Fuel for Pellet Stoves?

Pellets is a fuel source that is burned in pellet stoves. It is a heating source of today and of the future. It has many advantages that makes it really interesting both from the perspective of heating your home a reasonable price, in other words of interest for you as a consumer and potential pellet stove owner. It also has environmental advantages making it of interest for you as a world citizen caring for the health of our planet.

Pellet are about the size of bran breakfast cereal and are a common domestic heating fuel in North America used in different stoves. It is used in specially designed corn pellet heating stoves, wood pellet stoves or regular pellet stoves.

The fuel for pellet stoves is nothing less than pure recycled power. It is made from 100% recycled sawdust with no additives. Pellet is is a heating source made from manufacturing by-products that would otherwise end up at the landfill. Pellets can also be made from wood chips, bark, agricultural crop waste, waste paper, and other organic materials. It is truly quite remarkable how stuff that seems like waste can be turned into great warmth for you home.

Pellets is as mentioned above also a cheap heating source for your pellet stove. Pellets is probably one of the least expensive heating sources. This includes that it has a high BTU*, leaves minimal ash and only has 5% moisture (wood has up to 50% moisture). The abbreviated term BTU means British Thermal Unit, which is the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. One Btu equals 252 calories, 778 foot-pounds, 1,055 joules or 0.293 watt hours.

A question that might arise for you is where to buy pellet for your pellet stove? Pellets are readily available in 40-pound bags at several major home centers, feed stores, wood heater stores, and also at some supermarkets. You might also find a saw mill or two in your vincinity that will be able to provide you with pellet for your pellet stove.

Pellet stove fuel for a pellet stove is normally sold in 40 pound (that is 18 kg for all of you outside the US) bags at about $3$4 each, or about $120$200 a ton. You can estimate how much pellet stove fuel you will need for a heating season by noting that one ton of pellets is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cords of firewood. So get the calculator out to figure how much you might need for the season.
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