Making Pellets With A Small Pellet Machine
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If you have not already done so, please click the play button above to watch the introductory video to the pellet stove and boiler guide. Here at PelHeat we have been researching and experimenting with pellet fuels since 2006. Wood pellets are the market leader, however there are many other fuel pellets that can also be used. Biomass fuel pellets are the future of the fuel pellet and pellet stove market.
The Growth In Demand For Wood Pellet Stoves and Pellet Boilers
Since the start of the new millennium wood pellet stoves and boilers have started to be taken seriously as a heating solution. They were first invented during the 1970's during the oil crisis, however as oil prices returned to normal the appeal of the pellet stove fell away. However now higher oil and gas prices are back, for instance recently in the UK the price of gas has risen by 20%. Therefore wood pellet stoves and boilers provide a cheaper alternative to heat homes and businesses.
The Wide Variety Of Biomass Materials Are Suitable As Fuel Pellets
Wood is obviously the fuel source you will be familiar with, however there are many more biomass materials such as straws, grasses and energy crops which can make fuel pellets. However not all pellet stoves and boilers can use these fuels, therefore this guide will show you what to look for in a quality pellet stove burner.
Pellet Stoves and Boilers Are A New Concept To Most People
When it comes to heating with wood, you will be thinking of an open fire or maybe a basic log stove. In most peoples awareness that is as far a wood fuel heating progressed. However with the development of the wood pellet fuel, highly automated and controlled combustion systems were designed. Pellet fuel is a standardized fuel that has the same diameter, length and density. Therefore the actual heat value of the fuel can be predicted very accurately in terms of per kilo for example. For instance one kilo of wood pellets will produce 5 Kw's of heat for an hour. That is very impressive compared to even a dry oak log. Pellets have a higher density than logs, and it is this increased density which makes them flow like water, or sand through an hour glass. That's why on a pellet stove or boiler you simply fill the hopper with fuel and burner will do the rest. However this does depend on pellet fuel ash content.
How PelHeat Can Help To Educate You On Pellet Stoves
As the pellet stove and boiler market is fairly new, it is still going through the initial stages of development. There are a few brand leaders such as Harman and Breckwell, however there is a huge range of manufacturers which is growing year on year. The standard grade of fuel which all pellet stoves and boilers can use is the premium grade wood pellet, however this is also the most expensive grade of pellet fuel and the market will move forward to other grades over the next couple of years. Due to this reason you do not want to purchase a pellet furnace which is designed to burn only premium grade wood pellets, you want a more capable pellet stove or boiler. Even if you intend to only purchase premium grade wood pellets, having that choice to use other cheaper and more available grades of pellet fuel has many benefits. Such as local pellet fuels which can support the local area with more jobs.
Premium Wood Pellets Compared To Other Fuel Pellets
The pellet fuel market may have started on premium grade wood pellets, however this is not a sustainable approach. The waste from the timber industry is what is used to produce premium wood pellets, however there is not enough of this waste to develop the pellet fuel heating market to its full potential. Premium wood pellets produce less than 0.5% ash, and no other wood pellets or biomass fuel pellets can match this. However as most pellet stoves and boilers are designed to burn only premium wood pellets, this does remove the issue of choice. There are some pellet stoves and boilers which are more flexible. Other fuel pellets will have a slightly higher ash content but they will be more readably available, and can potentially be produced locally. Therefore its important to own a stove which can use these pellets.
Keeping Your Annual Pellet Fuel Costs To A Minimum
While you may be only interested in premium wood pellets, I'm sure if the price began to skyrocket you would be willing to consider other fuel pellets. This is where you need to have the choice to be able to burn cheaper fuel pellets to keep annual fuel costs to a minimum. This choice only comes from purchasing a pellet stove or boiler which can burn other grades of fuel pellets with higher ash without issues.
How Important The Option Of Choice Is For Fuel Pellets
During the 2007 US housing crash, practically all new home construction stopped. This therefore reduced the demand for timber, and timber production reduced. Reduced timber production means less sawdust, and the pellet manufacturers didn't have sufficient raw materials to meet market demand. As the winter cold set in people tried to purchase pellets and this caused the price of premium wood pellets to double over this time. Consumers who had purchased pellet stoves and boilers which can only burn premium grade had no choice but to pay the prices. This is an important lesson for the pellet manufacturers and for the pellet fuel consumers, a wider range of materials need to be used for the production of fuel pellets to keep prices stable. For instance hemp fuel pellets burn very similar to wood pellets.
The PelHeat Beginners Guide And Complete Guide
We have the experience to know what its like to burn a wide range of fuel pellets, and what a pellet burner needs to address the possible issues with increased ash, possible clinker formations and increased corrosion risk. The majority of pellet stoves and boilers will not give you the choice to burn other fuel pellets. Therefore you need to have the information to be able to spot pellet stoves and boilers which will let you burn higher ash content fuels. That is what our guide can help you with, and if it doesn't you can have a 100% complete refund no questions asked.
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