WoodPelletPrice.com | Prices For Wood Pellets https://woodpelletprice.com Wood Pellet Prices & Costs Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Where to find wood pellet fuel https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/find-wood-pellet-fuel/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/find-wood-pellet-fuel/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:36:44 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6655 Wood pellet fuel is available at local pellet and stove retailers, home and garden centers, and national home improvement chains. WoodPelletPrice.com shows wood pellet availability and current pellet prices for United States retailers. While price is a great place to start, it is also important to consider the relationship that local retailers can provide. Local stove […]

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Wood pellet fuel is available at local pellet and stove retailers, home and garden centers, and national home improvement chains.

WoodPelletPrice.com shows wood pellet availability and current pellet prices for United States retailers. While price is a great place to start, it is also important to consider the relationship that local retailers can provide. Local stove and pellet retailers are invested in your community and will (often) do what they need to do to keep you happy and coming back year after year. Those stove retailers should be able to help you with maintenance and adjustments to your stove to burn a wide range of wood pellets.

WoodPelletPrice.com & WoodPelletReviews.com are 2 great websites that will help you find local wood pellet retailers.

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What is the Best Way to Store my Wood Pellets? https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/best-way-store-wood-pellets/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/best-way-store-wood-pellets/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:33:46 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6652 Once wood pellets are delivered to your home, it is your responsibility to make sure they will be suitable for the heating season. Wood pellets should be moved as little as possible because when they rub together they start to disintegrate and create dust (fines). So wherever they are stored should be their final resting place until […]

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Once wood pellets are delivered to your home, it is your responsibility to make sure they will be suitable for the heating season. Wood pellets should be moved as little as possible because when they rub together they start to disintegrate and create dust (fines). So wherever they are stored should be their final resting place until you bring them into your home to feed into your stove.

How To Store Your Wood Pellets:

Indoor Storage

The ideal location for your wood pellets is in a garage or dry basement. Keep the bags on pallets or somehow raised up off the floor and away from any potential source of leaks or source of evaporation through the floor. This ensures that the wood pellets are not exposed to a significant amount of water. Water is the enemy of wood pellets as they will clump up and turn to wood dust (fines). If you have a smooth floor, you can even invest in your own pallet jack to easily move the pallets of pellets around for easy access and maximum storage.

Outside Storage

While wood pellets are wrapped in a large bag and sometimes wrapped again in stretch film, these are not guaranteed to to keep the wood pellets completely dry. If wood pellets must be stored outside, it is best if they are kept under a roof of some kind, like a carport or barn. Again, it is critical to keep the bags raised up off the ground and wrapped in plastic or tarps if possible. Some consumers reuse last seasons’ pallets and layer their new pallets on top gain a few extra inches. This way, the pallets of pellets are raised out of the majority of snow that might. When it is time to unpack the bags of pellets, take care to re-cover the pallet well so water and snow are not channeled inside the plastic covering.

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What is a Wood Pellet Stove and How Does it Work? https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/wood-pellet-stove-work/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/wood-pellet-stove-work/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:30:29 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6650 A pellet stove is a wood fuel appliance that burns compressed saw dust (wood pellets) to heat homes, businesses, and greenhouses. Wood Pellet stoves have a hopper that stores pellets, then slowly feeds them into the burnpot where they are burned. As the pellets are burned, they are pushed into an ash pan for periodic […]

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A pellet stove is a wood fuel appliance that burns compressed saw dust (wood pellets) to heat homes, businesses, and greenhouses. Wood Pellet stoves have a hopper that stores pellets, then slowly feeds them into the burnpot where they are burned. As the pellets are burned, they are pushed into an ash pan for periodic emptying.

Pellet stoves have multiple fans to extract the maximum amount of heat from the wood. The combustion blower tightly controls the air-fuel mixture for very efficient, nearly complete combustion. The wood fibers are burned so completely that cleaning the ash bin is weekly or even a monthly task. Some stoves with high quality pellets have been known to only need emptying of the ash pan with an entire ton of pellets burned.

Pellet stoves also have a distribution fan, which pulls in cooler air from lower parts of the room through the stove’s heat exchanger and out the front of the stove. However, as stoves are a centrally located heating system, ceiling fans and other air movement helps pellet stoves maintain a fairly consistent temperature in the home or workplace. Compared to cord wood stoves, pellet stoves do not tend to have the same “hot room” feeling and may take a little longer to get the heated space up to temperature.

Pellet stoves require electricity to run, so it may not a good choice as a primary heat source if you experience semi-regular power outages. Some models have a battery backup, but that is for a limited period. Small generators produce plenty of power to auto-start and keep a pellet stove running for a few days in case of power outages.

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What are the Best Wood Pellets to buy and burn?

Which pellet to burn is one of the most complicated decisions a homeowner can make. Should you simply buy the cheapest wood pellets you can find or try to find the best wood pellets? Well home heating oil is pretty much the same everywhere you buy it so the choice is down to which price and retailer. You can always find your oil cheaper, but the service may suffer. With wood pellets, you add other items to consider as different brands of pellets are somewhat different and there are a lot of other factors. So now, when evaluating your years’ worth of pellets, it is more complicated with wood pellets.

Here are the factors to consider when buying your wood pellets:

Ash

Different pellets produce differing amounts of ash. Some pellets simply produce more ash. Ash is not inherently bad, but it may be an indicator of less than complete combustion or other issues with the fuel. If a manufacturer is using whole trees, bark and all, or allowing dirt and sand into the manufacturing process, it may contain more ash. If you don’t mind emptying your hopper and giving your stove a thorough cleaning on a weekly basis, this aspect of pellets may not matter much to you.

BTUs

Different wood pellets contain different amounts of heat (BTUs). This is dependent on the species of tree and the source of the wood, the quality of the fuel, the moisture content, and the manufacturing process. Softwood pellets tend to contain more BTUs, but may not burn equally well in all stoves.

Fines

Fines are bits of sawdust that makes it through the manufacturing process or is created through the distribution and delivery process, or even stove owner handling (stacking and restacking). Fines do not burn as well and can cause maintenance-related issues with your stove. Some stoves handle fines better than others pushing them into the burnpot or letting them fall into a small compartment. If they make it into the burnpot, they will burn, but not with the same consistency and efficiency of compressed wood pellet.

Clinkers

Clinkers are unburned carbon. These clinkers sometimes need to be scraped out of the burnpot and can even create uneven burning and reduced efficiency. Like ash, clinkers could be the result of tree bark, dirt and sand, etc., that may make their way into the production process. Some pellets, in combination with different stoves, will allow clinkers to be created more easily in standard operation. Again, this may simply require a bit more maintenance throughout your heating season.

Stove Adjustment

Different models of pellet stoves also provide more flexibility with your wood pellet fuels. There are a lot of cheap (and inexpensive) pellet stoves on the market that will burn high quality wood pellets just fine. More expensive (and high quality) stove brands generally offer more flexibility and efficiency with the fuel they burn. Some stoves do not burn lower grades of pellets, softwood pellets, or even specific brands. The best pellet stove will allow fine adjustment of the auger speed and blower speed to maximize the heat output of every fuel. Some of the best pellet stoves will easily allow burning of other biofuels such as corn, cherry pits, etc., in blends.

Bags

Bags? Why do the bags matter, since they’re not burned? Well some bags are terrible.

  • Some bags are cheap and thin and easily punctured. No one wants to leave a small trail of pellets across the floor on their way to the pellet stove.
  • Some bags are very thick and require heavy-duty scissors, a razor knife, etc., to open.
  • Some bags have handle holes at the top. A handle can definitely help when moving bags of pellets around. Sometimes it is very easy to carry a bag or 2 by the handle, but not everyone can easily carry 80 pounds into the house to the stove.
  • The tops of some bags are slightly perforated so that they can simply be pulled apart like a giant potato chip bag. This may be convenient, as long as you are strong enough. If it’s too easy, they may break open at the wrong time.

So knowing the options for bags, what do the type of bags matter? It’s just important to know how you need to handle the bags. You may like a certain style of bags that a manufacturer uses and that may factor into your decision making process.

Bottom line.. which pellets do I want to burn?

All of these factors from ash content to bag type to whether you have a cheap pellet stove or the best pellet stove on the market will factor into your wood pellet decision. Early on in burning pellets, you would do well to not buy 5 tons of the same type, but instead buy 2 or 3 different brands, woods, etc. to see how your stove does with these varied pellets. The least expensive (cheapest) pellets may not burn well and end up costing more per BTU, while the best pellets available may burn incredibly well, but are so expensive that they end up costing more per BTU. Don’t forget to ask your stove retailer if you have any problems burning pellets. They may be able to recommend slight adjustments to your stove and tips on its’ use. It’s important to be an informed consumer. Sites like WoodPelletPrice.com can help assess availability and pricing in your area.

My recommendation as to finding the best pellets to burn this year is to do your research and visit woodpelletreviews.com where you can research them before purchasing

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Types of pellet stoves (Free-standing vs. Stove Insert) https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/types-pellet-stoves-free-standing-vs-stove-insert/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/types-pellet-stoves-free-standing-vs-stove-insert/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:35 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6645 Pellet stoves are manufactured using come as free-standing units or as a pellet stove insert that can be easily inserted into an existing fireplace. However, either type of stove installation is so easy, it is important not to limit yourself to a pellet stove insert model if you would be better off installing the stove […]

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Pellet stoves are manufactured using come as free-standing units or as a pellet stove insert that can be easily inserted into an existing fireplace. However, either type of stove installation is so easy, it is important not to limit yourself to a pellet stove insert model if you would be better off installing the stove in your foyer or other family room.

When choosing what type of pellet stove is going to be right for you, your family and your home, you need to keep a few things in mind:

  • How large is the space the pellets stove is going to be heating?
  • Is this pellet stove purchase for looks or functionality?
  • Who is going to clean the stove?
  • What are the town’s code for pellets stoves?
  • How often do I want to fill my stove with pellets during cold winter days?

Free-standing pellet stoves

Free-standing pellet stoves tend to look fairly similar to a standard wood stove, but some pellet stoves emphasize a utilitarian purpose over looks. Free standing stoves can be placed into a room of your home and used as supplemental heat or a main heat source. Long extended single-level homes make it very hard to heat and circulate the air well from a single source of heat. In this case, having multiple pellet stoves strategically placed throughout the house may make sense. Using an existing fireplace, just because you have one does not make sense as a primary heating source if it’s in a bad heating location.

Free standing pellet stoves often have a larger hopper opening for ease of pellet filling. A number of these units also have hopper extension kits which lead to a significantly longer burn time. For example, the Harman P61A with a hopper extension fits nearly 3 bags, while most stove inserts hold a little over a single bag. This means significantly fewer fills during the course of a heating season.

There is a significantly larger selection of free standing pellet stoves compared with inserts. With many pellet stove manufacturers and stove models, your sure to find the pellet stove that is right for you. Many free standing pellet stoves have a choice of decorative fire logs which can be placed inside the stove to give the stove a “classic” wood stove look, decorative glass and doors, pellet stoves can have legs or a flat platform, and you can sometimes choose the color of the pellet stove. Many manufactures are now offering various “glazes” which can be matched to the interior and taste of the homeowner. So with that said, if variety functionality, and ease of cleaning and maintenance is the main concern, then a free standing pellet stove may be the best choice.

Pellet stove inserts

Pellet Stove Insert models, also known as a Fireplace Inserts, tend to be some of the most attractive stoves available. They operate in virtually the same way as free standing stoves, and are easily integrated into a room by sliding into an existing fireplace. The additional attention paid to an attractive design can really make a statement when someone enters the room. Pellet stove inserts are very space efficient and do a great job heating the surrounding area. Putting a stove in somewhat centrally located drafty old chimney which is never used anymore, might make a pellet stove insert the peffect solution to your heating needs. A pellet stove insert can easily convert that unused or unwanted hearth space into an efficiently functioning heating space. However, as fireplace Inserts have a lower profile, they need to be pulled out periodically to maintain, repair, and for serious cleanings, as well as holding less fuel.

While Pellet stove inserts have some benefits, there may also some downsides in comparison to free-standing pellet stoves.

Disadvantages of Pellet stove inserts:

  • Smaller/limited hopper size. Due to the stoves lower profile sticking in to the room, there is less room for a large hopper or even a hopper extension. If this is to be a primary heating source, it may require more regular filling.
  • More Difficult to clean. As most of the pellet stove insert is physically inside the fireplace, it needs to be slid out to perform a thorough cleaning and other maintenance tasks.

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When choosing a wood pellet stove, it is important to understand the type of pellet “feed” system. Wood pellet stoves typically have two ways of “feeding” wood pellets into the burn pot:

Top feed or drop feed is the most common system. Pellets are transported from the hopper up a cylindrical tube by an auger, which looks like a large drill bit, then drop or slide down a ramp into the burn pot. Each drop of pellets may look like a small splash into the ash bed and may cause small sparks to fly in the stove. Some believe that this produces a less realistic stove-like flame. Some of these drop-feed stoves have less flexibility in the pellet type and quality of fuel they burn. Examples of drop feed stoves are Lopi, Avalon, Quadra-fire, and Whitfield.

Bottom feed or push feed, while being less common, is believed to be a more reliable and sometimes more efficient feed system. Pellets are transported by an auger and pushed into the back of the burn pot, creating a tight mass of fuel which burns more completely. As the fuel is continuously pushed in, it forces the ash towards the ash pan reducing the potential for clinkers. Bottom feed stoves often allow more flexibility with burning lower-quality pellets, as well as corn and other biofuels. They produce a more realistic, steady, wood-stove-type flame. Harman is the most popular example of bottom feed stoves.

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Sizes of pellet stoves (Square Footage/BTUs) https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/sizes-pellet-stoves-square-footage-btus/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/sizes-pellet-stoves-square-footage-btus/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:12:54 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6641 What are the Sizes of pellet stoves (Square Footage/BTUs) Square footage is commonly referenced in pellet stove documentation and marketing materials. Unfortunately, it is is not the most reliable way to select the right pellet stove for your needs. Unlike standard furnaces and boilers, pellet stoves do not use ducts or radiators to spread heat […]

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What are the Sizes of pellet stoves (Square Footage/BTUs)

Square footage is commonly referenced in pellet stove documentation and marketing materials. Unfortunately, it is is not the most reliable way to select the right pellet stove for your needs. Unlike standard furnaces and boilers, pellet stoves do not use ducts or radiators to spread heat throughout a building. Instead, they are a central heat source that use some (limited) radiant heat and air movement to heat the space around them. This means that the further away from the heat source, the cooler it is. The way to increase the temperature is to have a larger stove that produces higher BTUs.

Pellet stove manufacturers often list a stove in terms of how many square feet it will heat. However, this is a really hard way to judge whether a stove will heat your house sufficiently. All houses are different depending on their size, shape, number of floors, tightness of the building envelope, and other factors.

While pellet stoves will heat a home better than a cord wood stove (due to the increased efficiency, as well as the air-heat exchange and blower system), it is still a central heat source. If your house is older and breezy, you might need a larger (higher BTU) stove to get the heat where you need it than if that same house had all new windows and good insulation. Similarly, if you have a brand-new house that has a very tight envelope, but it is long and spread out, you might need a larger (higher BTU) stove just to push the heat to the outer reaches of your home.

Pushing heat around your home with fans and other strategies can help even out temperatures, but if it’s going out the windows, doors, and every crack and crevice, you’ll just need a bigger stove. The best rule when shopping for a pellet stove is to get one of the highest BTU stove that will fit your home. They all turn off (many with auto-start) and can ramp down to a very low heat output. Another alternative, especially if your house is very spread out, is to use a couple of smaller pellet stoves in different areas of your home, rather than one central one. Your local pellet stove dealer can be an invaluable resource–bring a sketch of the layout of your home to show them when you are shopping for a stove.

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Wood Pellet Delivery

Most retailers will be happy to have you pickup pellets at their location. If you have a truck, the retailer will use a moffett (fork lift) to load it for you. At some locations, you can also buy pellets by the bag or break down the ton and load it yourself. It is important to understand that hand stacking and moving of pellets can break down the pellets a little, producing dust, called “fines”. If possible, the pallet of pellets (last time) should be moved together and unloaded a bag at a time to be placed in their final resting place prior to loading in the stove.

When the pellets are delivered, entire pallets of pellets (again, say that three times fast) can be lowered via lift gate and moved around your driveway or garage with a pallet jack. Some retailers off-load pallets using a truck-attached moffitt (fork lift). Moffits are the best way to move pellets because they can drive quickly across uneven lawns, placing the pellets in exactly the desired location.

Bulk Pellets

Currently, 40 lb bags are the standard for wood pellet packaging. This is fine when you are loading 40-120 pounds of pellets at a time in a freestanding stove or pellet insert. However, as more consumers consider wood pellet heating, some will opt for new central pellet boilers and pellet furnaces. In this case, bulk storage devises are the preferred method of storing wood pellets. These are delivered to a basement hopper or backyard silo and delivered via soft auger or vacuum system to the pellet boiler or furnace. These larger wood pellet units are designed to operate just like standard oil or gas furnace. These units have large ash pans, but still require periodic maintanence.

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Is outside air kit or inside air best for my stove?

All appliances that burn fuel need air (e.g., furnaces, boilers, and hot water heaters). The significant difference with burning wood pellets for heat is that it is taking air from your living space. This means that the house is depressurized as the fire consumes air and sends it up the chimney. This depressurization causes air to be sucked in from outside through ever window, door, and crack in the house (basically, the path of least resistance). This can make the house feel drafty and colder than it really is.

An outside air kit (sometimes referred to as OAK or Exterior Air Kit) allows you to pull this combustion air from the outside of your house. This keeps the cold combustion air heading directly into the stove as opposed to blowing across the room. Outside Air Kits can be the best solution to making the house feel less drafty and more comfortable. This means that you’re burning fewer bags of pellets each heating season. Fewer bags means less money spent on fuel and less time spent filling up your stove over the course of heating season.

Outside Air Kits are a required installation for trailer and mobile homes and also help combustion in modern houses with very tight envelopes. While less of an issue in an old, leaky house,some argue that it is healthier to have fresh airflow through your house. We recommend including an outside air kit in your installation for maximum burn efficiency and then opening a door or window when you feel the need for fresh air.

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How many tons of wood pellets will I need? https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/many-tons-wood-pellets-will-need/ https://woodpelletprice.com/2017/11/21/many-tons-wood-pellets-will-need/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:41 +0000 https://woodpelletprice.com/?p=6631 How Much Wood Pellets Does One Burn Over The Winter? This is a common question. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer, especially if you’re a new pellet stove owner. There are a number of factors involved, such as the stove brand and model and the quality of the wood pellets themselves. If you’re looking to completely […]

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How Much Wood Pellets Does One Burn Over The Winter?

This is a common question. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer, especially if you’re a new pellet stove owner. There are a number of factors involved, such as the stove brand and model and the quality of the wood pellets themselves. If you’re looking to completely replace all other heating sources and you live in a cold climate, you could easily use 3-5 tons of pellets each burning season.

The number of tons is heavily determined by the size and shape of your house (see our article on Sizes of Pellet Stoves) and whether you have a tight building envelope with good insulation. If you’re simply looking for a supplemental heat source or occasional use, 1 ton may be sufficient. However, the quality of wood pellets and the stove itself affect how much total heat you’ll get out of your pellets. If your stove is less efficient and you use low-quality pellets, you’ll need more.

Regardless of how many tons you use, the good news is that wood pellets are generally very easily available throughout the heating season from multiple retailers. Check WoodPelletPrice.com to stay on top of availability and pricing. If you have wood pellets left over from the heating season, they can be burned next year. They may absorb a very small amount of moisture, but assuming they are kept out of the elements and not moved 13 times, they will burn just fine the next heating season.

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