Wood pellets are made by recycling wood waste. It’s a fantastic way to keep tons of waste out of landfills and create an efficient fuel! According to the Pellet Fuel Institute, there are over 1,000,000 homes in the USA and Canada that use pellets to stay comfortable in the winter.
Most pellets are made from wood waste, that is sawdust, chips, scraps from lumber yards, furniture makers and construction sites. It’s ground up into small pieces and dried, and then dried in a huge rotary drum. The moisture content of most pellets is between 4 – 8%. Once the pellets are within those tolerances, any contaminants, small stones, metal particles, etc. are removed. The next step is to grind this dry, raw material and send it through special milling equipment that is used to compress the pellets into pencil-size, 5mm diameter pieces about ½” - ¾” long. Now, these pellets are a standard size and shape and have a uniform density, moisture and energy content. Pellets are packaged in 40 lb. bags, stacked, shrink wrapped on a pallet and sent to your dealer.