What is Pellet Fuel?
Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost stable home heating alternative currently used throughout North America. It is a biomass product made of renewable substances - generally recycled wood waste. There are currently more than 600,000 homes in North American using wood pellets for heat, in freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts and even furnaces. Pellet fuel for heating can also be found in such large-scale environments as schools and prisons.
North American pellets are produced in manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States, and are available for purchase right here at Burn Time Enterprises in clean, easy to handle 40 lb bags and by the ton!
One bag of pellet fuel equals 2.5 gallons of oil, or one ton equals 1½ cords of wood!
Burning The Fuel
Pellet fuel for home heating can be burned in a freestanding pellet stove, fireplace insert or a furnace. A pellet stove looks much like a wood stove, but is automated. Heating a home with pellet fuel requires only the ability to add pellets into a hopper, set the desired heat output and provide necessary appliance maintenance, such as cleaning out an ash pan. All other aspects of the heating process occur automatically. Pellet stoves and fireplace inserts come in a wide range of styles, sizes and finishes.
- Wood pellets give you the look of a "real wood" fire without the cleaning and maintenance hassles of a standard wood stove
- Pellet stoves today have efficiency ratings of around 80-85%
- Pellet stoves are easy to clean. A 40 pound bag of pellets produces only 3 ounces of ash
- Made of 100% sawdust that would otherwise be destined for our landfills
- Most pellet stoves can burn a day or more without being filled or otherwise attended. furnaces and boilers may have bulk feed options
- Because of the near total combustion (around 98.5%), pellet stoves produce virtually no creosote. This also allows installation of a pellet stove without a chimney
- Pellet fuel contains very small amounts of sulfur or other noxious elements as are contained in non-renewable coal and petroleum resources
For more information about pellet stoves or fireplace inserts, download a copy of the Pellet Stove fact sheet (PDF).