A wood-burning or gas stove can be a great way of keeping your home warm and cozy during winter, and are a great alternative to other ways of producing heat such as fuel or coal burning. However, wood pellets are rising in popularity because they are ecological, low cost and burn cleanly and without excess smoke. You can buy wood pellets from a factory, or purchase your own at a pellet mill auction sale, and use waste materials such as paper, cardboard or even garden and yard waste to make your own.
How Are Wood Pellets Made?
Wood pellets are typical made from leftover wood products, such as the waste produced at furniture factories that use hard woods such as oak. Those woods are high in lignin, which acts as a natural glue, binding the pellet together. The pellets are made by compressing those materials and allowing heat and pressure on the pellet mill to make them into small balls less than half a centimeter wide, which are then burned.
Additives And Bonding Agents
High quality pellets are made from hard woods, such as oak, that contain high amounts of lignin which is released with heat and pressure. This natural glue makes the pellets more dense and binds the materials used to make them. However, lower quality woods and pellets made from organic green waste sometimes require the use of aditives to avoid them crumbling.
Wood pellets burn quicker than a wood log, but are also much cheaper to produce and since they are made from leftover products they are eco-friendly. High quality pellets produce very little ash, which makes them a great alternative to log burning in traditional wood stoves. The smell and warmth of a wood pellet stove is similar to using real wood, and many commercial ‘fake logs’ are made from wood pellets, as they are easier to burn than dry wood.
So if this winter you are looking for a cheaper and greener alternative to wood logs and gas stoves consider giving wood pellets a try. They are cheaper and offer even better results than chopped wood, and if you buy a pellet mill you can even use it to recycle your yard waste and produce your own wood pellets.