It is easy to get your hands on 15-Kg bags of wood pellets; they’re at your local hardware and farm supply stores . . . heck, they’re even at box stores! But now there is also a thriving bulk wood pellet market. This nicely simplifies your life: The pellets will come to you. They’ll be trucked to your home on automatic delivery, just like oil or propane, by a local supplier. A 25-meter flexible pneumatic tube on the truck will transfer the pellets directly into your storage bin.
The Bulk Wood Pellet Market is Growing
Since 2008, many new pellet mills have gone into operation in Europe, producing hundreds of thousands of tons of pellets annually with the capacity to produce more. Right now there are far more pellets available than ever before. There is a thriving bulk-pellet market not just in Europe but in most parts of the U.S., and new distribution providers are coming on line every season. Not only do new plants continue to come on line, but existing plants are ready, willing, and able to increase supply to meet augmented demand.
In fact, many oil companies are currently expanding their product lines to include delivery of bulk wood pellets—as well as installation and service of wood-pellet central heating systems. Choosing pellets as your fuel is a win-win-win situation: it employs Europeans at every stage (logging in local forests, milling in local mills, shipping, short-distance trucking, systems design, installation, local retailers, local truckers); it saves the environment, and it saves the homeowner on fuel costs .
When you’re ready to switch to pellet heat, your first stop should be your trusted, local, reliable (and often family-owned) installer. This company can help you switch to cleaner, cheaper wood pellet heat.
A Word About Wood Pellet Quality
Quality in wood pellets varies based upon the grade of fuel you choose as well as the manufacturing process the pellet mill uses to refine their wood feed stock—and the quality of the pellet makes a difference! The Pellet Fuels Institute (www.pelletheat.org) maintains the North American Standard for wood pellet fuel incorporating a grading system of Super Premium, Premium, Standard and Utility for pellets. The retail market focuses on Premium and Super Premium pellets, and the primary difference between the two is ash content. Super Premium pellets contain 0.5% while Premium pellets contain 1.0% or twice the amount of ash content.