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Using Biomass Pellets For Your Fuel Source

Biomass pellets can be made from barley straw, sawdust, switchgrass, bark, logging leftovers among others. Places that you can find biomass pellets being used are homes and commercial settings.

People who use pellets normally use pellet stoves and boilers instead of wood-fired equipment.

In some cases, instead of waiting for the waste products of farms, energy crops can be grown for making pellets and they include switchgrass, hemp, reed canary grass, miscanthus just to mention of a few.

Land that is not suitable for farming can be used to grow this energy plants that are used to make biomass pellets. There is also growing demand for this biomass pellets and production needs to increase to meet that demand. Some homeowners have also taken to making their own biomass pellets using equipment that is designed for homes.

Making biomass pellets at home requires extra time to do this task and others may not have this time.

The advantages of using biomass pellet are that they’re more energy dense and easy-to-use. Biomass pellets are environmentally friendly because they use natural materials. Regardless of the biomass material that is used to make pellets, they are mostly cylindrical in shape and small in size.

When choosing pellets, the best quality pellets will come in a dry, hard form and this should last a long time. A small amount of ash is what determines a good quality pellet after combustion. The two kinds of pellets are premium pellets and standard pellets.

The two types of pellets can be differentiated by the amount of ash they produce after combustion. The ash content of premium pellets is less than 1% and this is the most common in the market. The percentage of ash for standard pellets is close to 2% or slightly more.

Wood pellets should not be burned in biomass pellet stoves because they form clumps at high temperatures. Steps used for making biomass pellets includes feedstock grinding, moisture control, cooling and extrusion after which packaging is done.

Precision is required when making the biomass pellet so that one can come up with a high-quality pellet.

Materials that can be used to make biomass pellets can also include waste paper, residual forest waste, cornstalks, cordwood and agricultural by-products.

One can find that biomass pellets are normally uniform in shape, moisture, size, energy content and density. It is easy to transport and store biomass pellets because of their small size. This means that one can have a lot of energy in their home or business when they store the pellets.

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