The Easiest Way to Get (at Least) $25 Off Your Next Order!

ReferralHave you heard about our referral program? You can get $25 in credit added to your account every time you successfully refer a new customer to Woodpellets.com!

Once your friend’s first order is delivered, you will automatically be credited $25 for your next order. So, if you’re happy with our service, our products and our convenient delivery…you can benefit.

Here’s an example: Bob is a current customer, and Mary is not a customer yet.

1. Bob tells Mary about convenient delivery, quality products and/or his overall happiness with the expert customer service at Woodpellets.com. He tells her she’ll love it, and she will get $25 off her first order.

2. Mary calls 1-800-735-5387 to speak to one of our experts. She says, “Bob referred me!”

3. Mary places her order and receives her $25 discount.

4. When Mary’s order is delivered, Bob’s account is credited $25!

It’s as simple as that! And another thing…you can use referral credits in addition to a promotion. Typically, discounts cannot be combined. Also, there is no limit to the amount of referral credits you can receive.

Do you know someone that was affected by the wood pellet shortage earlier this year? If you were a customer of ours, you probably know we never ran out of pellets, and we never turned anyone away. Existing customers, new customers – no one was left in the cold if they ordered from Woodpellets.com. Share the pellet love with your friends to make sure you both have a happy and warm heating season.

Here are just a few examples of some happy Woodpellets.com customers:

 

“Fast delivery, great service and fair prices. This is our third year ordering, and we would recommend your company to anyone. Your drivers are always so polite and helpful too!” -MA customer

“The driver was very friendly and polite. He was very helpful when he explained the difference between hardwood and softwood pellets.” -NH customer

“Thank you for the prompt delivery, and placing the pellets just where I asked. Same time next year!” -NH customer

“The service is the best, the most convenient, and the driver always shows up on time, with a smile.” -NY customer

 

To keep it simple, here is a printable sheet of referral cards to cut and give out to your friends that could use our services. Of course, you can always call us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

How to Dine Out and Stay Healthy

It’s not always easy to make healthy choices when you’re out to eat. Large portions, heavy sauces, fried sides…it’s all very tempting. However, if you go in prepared – healthy choices are easier to make! Here are a few quick tips on how to make healthy choices when dining out:

1. If you’re at a restaurant with inevitably large portions, then ask for a to go box as soon as your food arrives. Place part of your food in the box immediately, and put it aside. This way, you won’t be as tempted to eat the entire plate in front of you. If you’re really still hungry, you can always dig in to the extra food, but this will cut down on the chances of eating more even when you’re full.

2. Ask for sauces and dressings to be held on the side of your plate. This is a simple way to control heavy-handed chefs adding potentially unnecessary calories.

3. Share appetizers and desserts if you must indulge. Sharing is caring after all!

4. Fortunately, many restaurants have started offering lighter options (see below). Check out their online menus to choose your lighter option ahead of time. If you go in prepared, you might not be as tempted to order a heavier meal.

Here are some great examples of popular restaurants offering a light menu:

Red Lobster LightHouse Selections:

Red Lobster Light OptionsEntrees: 

Red Lobster Light Options

  • Wood-Grilled Fresh Tilapia (half portion)* 260 cal, 6g fat, 390mg sod.
  • Wood-Grilled Fresh Rainbow Trout (half portion)* 290 cal, 12g fat, 370mg sod.
  • Rock Lobster Tail 170 cal, 1g fat, 540mg sod.
  • Bar Harbor Salad (Before Dressing) 200 cal, 8g fat, 160mg sod.

Sides:

  • Green Beans, Fresh Asparagus, Fresh Broccoli, Garden Salad

Dressings & Dipping Sauces:

  • Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pico de Gallo, Cocktail Sauce

 

Olive Garden Lighter Fare Menu:

Lunch:

  • Garlic Rosemary Chicken
  • Ravioli di Portobello
  • Capellini Pomodoro
  • Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken

Dinner:

  • Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken
  • Herb-Grilled Salmon
  • Center Cut Filet Mignon
  • Baked Tilapia with Shrimp
  • Garlic Rosemary Chicken
  • Chicken Abruzzi

 

LongHorn Steakhouse Flavorful Under 500 Menu:

  • Flo’s Filet® Center Cut
  • Renegade Sirloin
  • LongHorn Salmon™
  • Redrock Grilled Shrimp
  • Spinach Feta Chicken

 

Dining out with your kids? Here’s some quick tips from NY Magazine on a successful meal out with your little ones:

  1. Eat Early. Avoid peak times. Waiting too late could result in some grumpy attitudes.
  2. Sit In The Back. If you request an out of the way table or one towards the back, you won’t have to worry about other diners if one of your children gets cranky.
  3. Call Ahead. Ask whether the restaurant is equipped with high chairs, and if it’s a child-friendly environment. Mention that you’ll be bringing a child so that the staff is ready when you arrive. 
  4. Bring Distractions. Many restaurants have crayons for kids to draw on paper placemats with, but it doesn’t hurt to come prepared with quiet toys and books.

 

Remember: if you buy 3 or more tons of fuel by July 31st, you’ll receive a $50 Darden restaurants gift card! Your fuel will be delivered within three weeks of your order. (More info here)

If you want some helpful tips on how to properly store your wood pellet fuel, check out our blog: Wood Pellet Storage: Inside and Out.

 

How to Store Wood Pellets Inside and Outside

Storing Wood Pellets Inside

We recommend storing your fuel inside in a dry area free from flooding, mold, and excessive humidity. Inside storage is really your best bet for efficient storage. If you have the space, reuse the wooden pallet your fuel arrived on. Place it in a dry area, put cardboard over the pallet, and stack your bags on top. The pallet is built to hold weight, so you can stack your pellets nice and high. 

IndoorWoodPelletStorageThe wooden pallet is an almost square shape, at 40 by 48 inches, which might not be ideal for your space. Sometimes it’s more practical to ditch the pallet and stack in a narrow space, as pictured. (Check out our Pinterest page to see some ways to re-use wood pallets!)

 Re-stacking in specific spaces takes a little extra time and work, but it’s a great way to save some precious room!

Storing Wood Pellets Outside

Ideally, your fuel is best stored indoors, like described above. Of course, this isn’t always possible. You may not have a garage, or extra space inside. If you don’t have room to store your pellets in the garage or basement, the next best thing is a shed or shelter in a raised, dry place. If you can only store pellets outside, be sure to fully inspect your fuel when it arrives. Your fuel is carefully wrapped and protected with a plastic shroud before it’s sent out for delivery. Upon inspection, repair any rips or holes in the plastic shrouding with water proof tape or additional layers of plastic.

We very strongly recommend adding a securely fastened tarp over your fuel, to protect it from water and from any birds or squirrels that may try to puncture the plastic. Want to make your own tarp out of empty wood pellet bags? Follow the directions on our DIY pellet bag water blob article, and just make it into a big square or rectangle instead of a pouch.

Now for some season specific advice on keeping your wood pellet fuel safe and dry outdoors!

Summer Storage

During the summer months make sure your fuel is delivered to an area in your yard or driveway that is free from any water pooling or flooding. Direct water contact from below may cause water damage and render the pellets to its original form: sawdust. Also, be mindful of any irrigation heads or water spray paths as well. Remember, we strongly suggest adding a tarp to cover your fuel. This not only protects the packaging from constant exposure to the elements, but also keeps the leaves, dirt, and bird blessings from littering the shroud that protects your bags of fuel. Check on your fuel once in a while, just to make sure the chipmunks haven’t developed a condo association!

Fall Storage

Now your fuel has been outside for a couple of months and you are ready to fire up your stove! Carefully remove the protective wrap and slice the shroud on the top edge of the skid in order to slip the top bags out. Leave the shroud on as long as you can. Use the shroud to protect the bags and cover with the tarp. Place a weighted object on top of the skid to keep the tarp in place.

Winter Storage

Shovel a path to your fuel and shovel around the entire skid. This effort will keep the snow off your fuel and help prevent any water and/or ice damage. Continue to use the shroud and tarp to protect your fuel from snow and ice. Don’t forget to keep checking on it!

Spring Storage

You’ve been warm and toasty all winter, and now it’s time for spring cleaning! If you have loose bags left, find a spot in the garage or keep them outside, just protect them from the elements – as described in the seasons above. Empty your stove’s hopper and keep an eye out for Spring Buy Pellet Fuel Specials!

Make sure you do everything you can to protect your pellets. But in the rare instance they arrive damaged, all of our Quality Certified fuels are backed by guarantee. We are here for you if you have any questions. 

Have Dinner On Us! $50 Gift Card

Darden RestaurantsWe all know hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill are great in the summer. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking. For the whole month of July, if you buy three or more tons, Woodpellets.com will send you a $50 Darden restaurants gift card to have dinner out on us.

Leave the kids with a sitter for date night, or bring them with you for a family night out on the town! You need quality wood pellets delivered for the heating season, and in this case, the early bird gets the meal. Secure your fuel in July and let us reward you! Give your grill a rest.

Redeem your gift card at Red Lobster®, Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52® or any other Darden restaurant. Full list here.

Your card is valid at any Darden location. Here are a few locations in the Northeast:

Red Lobster®

  • 1324 Silas Deane Hwy Wethersfield, CT 06109
  • 34 Backus Ave Danbury, CT 06810
  • 170 Wolf Rd Colonie, NY 12205
  • 2255 U.S. 9 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • 5010 Expy Drive S Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Olive Garden®

  • 1888 S Willow St 
    Manchester, NH 03103
  • 2048 Woodbury Ave 
    Newington, NH 03801
  • 153 Andover St Danvers, MA 01923
  • 1 Worcester Rd Framingham, MA 01701
  • 31 Universal Blvd Warwick, RI 02886
  • 2044 S Rd 
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
LongHorn Steakhouse®
  • 510 Mariner Way Biddeford, ME 04005
  • 217 Loudon Rd Concord, NH 03301
  • 191 Boston Post Rd W 
    Marlborough, MA 01752
  • 1286 New York 300 
    Newburgh, NY 12550
  • 850 Hartford Turnpike Waterford, CT 06385

Give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS (800-735-5387) to speak to a pellet expert, or simply order online. Don’t wait! Offer ends July 31st.

Fuel will be delivered within three weeks of order. Your gift card will be mailed when delivery is complete. Offers cannot be combined.
Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns (Red Lobster®, Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52® and Yard House®) and is not affiliated with Woodpellets.com. Darden is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. Use of our restaurant names, logos or trademarks requires written approval from Darden. See backside of gift card for additional terms and conditions or visit www.darden.com/legal/legal.asp

How to Make a Water Blob Out of Empty Pellet Bags

Water Blob DIYSummer is here, the weather is warm and your kids need some entertaining. Have you heard of water blobs? They are an easy and inexpensive way to keep children busy and cool outside.

Water blobs are literally big blobs of water. Typically, they are made of two plastic painter’s tarps duct taped or fused together, then filled with hose water and sealed up. (Tutorial here) The blobs are great for laying and jumping on, and even exploring for the smaller kids if you put some colorful foam toys inside.

You may have read our blog about what to do with empty wood pellet bags. For summer, we thought of a way to use your WoodPelletBagWaterBlobpellet bags for this popular water blob trend!

See below for a step by step tutorial on how to make a water blob out of those empty wood pellet bags you might have laying around from the heating season.

What you’ll need:

  • At least 8 empty pellet bags. You’ll need more for a larger blob of course.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Parchment paper
  • Duct tape

 

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The Top 10 Grilling Tools You Never Knew You Needed

Wood_Pellet_GrillIt’s grilling season! Have you heard of wood pellet grills? We used to have a small one at our office for Cookout Fridays…which was great! It really gave a wonderful smoky flavor to our food. Like any grill, the cost ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The one pictured to the left is from Costco (courtesy of the Costco Couple).

Even if you don’t have a wood pellet grill – you might have a grill in general. We have compiled a list of 10 really nifty grill accessories. Some really useful, and some a little over the top.

 

Here are the grilling tools you never knew you needed…in no particular order:

Multi Grilling Tool

1. Multi Grilling Tool: For the griller with no time to switch between tongs, a fork and a spatula. People are hungry…there is no time to waste! (thekitchn.com)

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8 Steps to a Safe and Clean Wood Pellet Stove

Dirty Wood Pellet Stove

Picture courtesy of @KerryBioFuels

Aside from the usual ash removal and general maintenance, your wood pellet stove needs additional care in order to operate efficiently and safely. Although many stove owners believe their own cleaning techniques are sufficient, and some perhaps are, the fact remains that some things should be left to trained professionals.

Think of it like service for a car. There are some car owners who can adequately handle his or her own engine service. However, engines are typically best taken care of within the hands of honest, experienced professionals.

Check out this pellet stove chimney clog to the left. Just because pellet stoves burn with less creosote buildup than wood stoves, it doesn’t mean the stove doesn’t need attention. (The picture is from a stove with over four years with no professional cleaning and inspection.) Dramatic, perhaps…but you get our point.

We have broken down the 8 steps needed to keep your pellet stove running safe and at optimal efficiency.

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What is the Flex Savings Plan?

Wood Pellets Flex Savings Plan

Introduced in February of 2013, the Flex Savings Plan has quickly become very popular among our customers. We understand that buying your annual wood pellet fuel is typically a large purchase, one that may cause financial stress. Therefore, we created this Flex Savings plan to help budget that large annual fuel purchase by making it much easier to save.

So, how does it work?

The Flex Savings Plan allows you to make a monthly deposit in any amount you are comfortable with. This stretches out your wood pellet fuel purchase over months, instead of a single large one-time payment. Each monthly deposit is applied to your personal PelletBucks credit account. You’ll receive an automatic email statement for every deposit that shows your account balance. And when you’re ready to order your wood pellets, your PelletBucks credit amount will be automatically applied to your order balance. No lump-sum payment required. Your wallet will thank you!

What’s the catch? 

No catch. This plan is just a way to help you chip away at your annual fuel purchase. There’s no interest and you can stop at any time. If you do decide to stop for whatever reason…we will refund the money you have paid (minus a 5% electronic handling charge).

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Free Summer Storage Offer Ends 5/30

Organized Garage, Clean Garage, Free Wood Pellet Summer StorageWe certainly can’t organize your garage…but we can save you some space in it this summer!

Buying your pellets this month secures your fuel for the heating season. (See our past blog about reasons for the pellet shortage). 

Buying this month locks in the current price, so you’re protected even if prices change this summer and/or fall. (See our article on what drives wood pellet pricing).

Buying this month gets you free storage this summer.

If we store your pellets for you:

  • You can enjoy your summer without thinking about wood pellets. It was a very long winter…relax now.
  • You can keep the extra space open for your lawnmower, pool supplies, coolers, bikes, kayaks, your kid’s toys (and your toys).
  • We will protect your fuel from the elements for you if you don’t have a garage or shed. You won’t have to worry about properly covering your pellets.

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Wood Bricks: The Hotter, Cleaner Alternative to Cord Wood

What are wood bricks?

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Wood bricks are a fantastic alternative to burning cord wood.  Made of kiln-dried, super-condensed recycled wood chips and sawdust, they can be burned by themselves or added to cord wood to produce cleaner-burning, longer-lasting heat than cord wood alone. Because they are manufactured for optimal burning, they produce more heat than logs and consistently come with low moisture and high quality.

 

Why should I switch from cord wood?

Wood Bricks vs. Cord Wood

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Convenience: Cords of wood are usually delivered to you in a pile dumped on your lawn or driveway. Then the moving, stacking (and sometimes splitting) follows. Even more time and effort is added if you have to season your logs before use. Also, one pound of biomass bricks is equal to 1.7 pounds of cordwood in terms of how much heat you get. This gives you 70% more room for the same amount of heating fuel!

  • Wood Bricks are delivered in a neat clean packaging on a pallet. Depending on the brand of biomass brick, the ton is typically comprised of 50 packages of 20 bricks. They can remain on the pallet, or the ton can be split up for quick stacking in tight spaces.

Cleanliness: Not only are biomass bricks environmentally clean, but also clean for your home: bricks are bark-free and bug-free. Wood chips and sawdust are the only components in the kiln-fired bricks, which means there is no chance for insects to make homes in them. Firewood can bring a variety of insects such as wasps, ants and beetles into your home. This is why campsites do not allow cord wood to be brought in for campfires.

  • Handy Camping Tip: Packages of biomass wood bricks can be brought camping, and happen to be excellent for campfires. Bricks light quickly, burn clean and burn hot. The hot ash bed alone (which is perfect for cooking food and s’mores over) from burning bricks puts out more heat than a log on fire!

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