Wood Fuel Pellets
Why depend on foreign sources of energy when you can choose an American company to provide you better value, service, and quality for all your home-heating pellet needs?
Stay Warm. Be Green.
Almost a million homes in the U.S. use wood pellets for heat — in freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, furnaces, and boilers. Wood pellets are an effective, economical, and natural way to heat your home.
At American Wood Fibers, we’re proud to produce premium hardwood and ultra premium softwood pellets, which meet the highest industry standards. By combining our extensive wood fiber experience and the latest in processing technology we provide pellets that burn longer and burn hotter. All of our pellets are PFI Graded Premium Fuel complying with EPA regulations.
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Pellet stoves and pellets are readily available for purchase at fireplace dealers, nurseries, building supply stores, feed and garden supply stores and some discount merchandisers.
Our softwood pellets produced from Eastern White Pine out-perform pellets from other softwood species such as Southern Yellow Pine. While some people may believe that hardwood pellets burn longer than softwood, in fact softwood fuel pellets and hardwood fuel pellets have the same density, so they burn for the same length of time. Our softwood fuel pellets will burn hotter and cleaner, produce on average half the ash, and have little to no clinkers in the burn pot compared to most hardwood fuel pellets.
- Our softwood pellets have, on average, over 8700 BTUs /lb. – 348,000 BTUs per bag. Our hardwood pellets have on average about 8,000 BTUs / lb. – 320,000 BTUs per bag
- Ash content is on average 0.25% for softwood and 0.50% for hardwood pellets
- AWF fuel pellets provide more consistent heat, better BTU output, and less ash than other brands of pellets
Why Pellet Fuel?
Pellets are a popular, clean-burning home heating alternative made of renewable resources and currently used throughout the world. As a biomass product, pellets are made from recycled wood. As a result, the price of this cost-efficient fuel is remarkably stable — unlike oil and natural gas – so you avoid unexpected and unpleasant price hikes that can ruin your heating budget.
Pellet fuel is:
- an all-natural, efficient way to heat your home
- an effective environmental solution that converts millions of tons of potential landfill waste into energy
- a significant cost-savings fuel for large-scale environments such as schools, universities, and power plants
Compare Fuel Costs
See the savings for yourself. Use our pellet fuel calculator to compare the cost of using wood pellets to natural gas, propane, coal, electric, fuel oil and even hardwood. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save.
Pellet Fuel Facts
Pellet fuel provides high efficiency levels with extremely low emission levels. Even the cost to distribute pellet fuel is lower than some other fuels – and less than the cost of distributing simple woodchips.
Our pellets are certified PFI Graded Premium Fuel
Now that the EPA regulates the performance of both pellet stoves and fuels, the Pellet Fuels Institute evaluates and grades pellet fuel to ensure that consumers can make informed decisions about purchasing pellet fuel. Buying AWF qualified fuel pellets assures you are getting high quality pellets that will function in your pellet stove as the manufacturer intended. American Wood Fibers is proud to be one of the first pellet suppliers to achieve certification for consistent, reliable, and high-quality bagged fuel pellets under the new, more stringent standards program.
Not all pellets currently available for purchase qualify as PFI Graded Premium Fuel. Burning non-PFI grade pellets may void the warranty on many stoves. Be sure to ask your supplier if they are making PFI Graded Premium Fuel.
Interesting Facts About Wood Pellet Fuel
- A typical homeowner uses 3 tons of pellets per heating season at a cost of about $750. At an average retail price of $250/ton, pellets offer a fuel cost per million BTU of $19.05. To offer a fuel cost of $19.05 per million BTU, # 2 fuel oil and propane would have to be priced at $2.05/gal and $1.36/gal, respectively! (Fuel Value Calculator, USFS, 2008)
- One ton of wood pellets has the energy equivalency of 118 gallons #2 fuel oil. (Energy Information Administration)
- Pellet stoves have extremely low particulate emissions due to their high burn efficiency and the density of the fuel (<1 gm/hr). (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Every ton of pellets used compared to the same amount of oil reduces CO2 emissions by about 1.5 tons. Total emissions offset this year will be nearly 4.5 million tons of CO2.
- Wood pellets have a fossil energy ratio (net energy output/fossil energy used) of 12:1. (Net Energy Value Study, University of Wisconsin Green Bay)
- According to the latest available statistics, pellet manufacturing directly employs approximately 2,300 people in the U.S. and supports thousands of industry-related jobs in fields such as transportation and logging. (North America’s Wood Pellet Sector, Spelter & Toth, 2009)
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