How to Make Fire-Starters from Wood Pellet Fiber

As you might know, wood pellets turn to sawdust when water is applied, because they absorb moisture immediately. Did you have a damaged bag that let in some snow or rain? Did you use your wood pellets as ice melt, and now you have a bunch of clean leftover sawdust? Put it to good use!

The video above shows how to turn the natural fibers that make up wood pellets into fire-starters for your firepit or fireplace! (NOT your pellet stove!) You only need a few things for this project, and not much time.

What You’ll Need:

  • Softwood Wood Pellets
  • Empty Paper Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Wax Candles or Flakes

First, spread your sawdust out on a paper towel to let them dry out completely. While that’s happening, set up a double boiler system to melt your flaked wax, or to get the leftover wax melted from old candles. Be sure to take caution! See the video below for instructions on how to do this.

Sprinkle your dried wood fiber evenly into each cup in an empty paper egg carton, almost all the way to the top. Once your wax is liquified, carefully pour the hot wax into each cup to the brim right away.

FireStartersWait a few minutes for the wax to cool a bit, then use a spoon to squish the mixtures down. Once that’s completely cooled, cut each egg cup to make individual fire-starters!

 

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Softwood Wood Pellets as Ice Melt

100% natural wood fiber to make ice melt a bit quicker and to provide tractionWe recently heard from a customer that he had run out of ice melt, but didn’t have anything to put down for traction on ice that had accumulated on his walkway overnight. He said his wife thought of throwing down some Cleanfire Pacific wood pellets on the snowy/icy area – and they were pleased with the outcome!

Of course, results and timing will vary based on the situation. But we think the idea of using a 100% natural wood fiber to make ice melt a bit quicker and to provide traction is great!

We decided to make a timelapse of wood pellets on ice to see what would happen. Here’s a sped-up close look of wood pellets soaking up moisture for about 20 minutes.

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How Heavy Snow Can Affect Your Wood Pellet Stove

Pellet Stove Vent BlockageThe venting on your wood pellet stove can be installed horizontally, vertically or both. The exterior vent allows for proper air flow within the stove, and for the escape of exhaust. If it’s blocked by dense snow – your stove’s ability to ignite and/or stay burning efficiently could be hindered.

A common exhaust setup is horizontal – straight through the exterior wall (See Fig. A). If your wood pellets aren’t burning through fully – this blockage could be the reason…because the exiting air is an important part of your stove’s operation.  (See Figure B).

A similar kind of venting is through the wall with a vertical rise (See Figure C). Vertical piping raises the exhaust further up the exterior wall. This kind of setup creates less risk of snow blockage. However, there’s a possibility of some blockage by strong snow drifts, or a very large snow accumulation.

Pellet stoves can also have exhaust vents exiting through the roof – with some variations  (See Figure D). If your roof has heavy snow piled up that hasn’t slid off or been pushed off, the vent could be blocked.

Proper air flow is key for efficient pellet stove operation. Make sure to check for blockage – no matter how your stove is vented.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your pellet burning experience. 

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An Informed Wood Pellet Burner is a Successful Wood Pellet Burner

Wood Pellet Colors
If you purchased the pellet stove in your home, you probably did a lot of research by reading reviews, comparing prices, learning about available features, and so on. How much do you look into pellets before you make a purchase? It’s a good idea to check out the brand’s heat and ash specifications before you buy. The higher the ash percentage, the more leftover ash you’ll experience – which correlates to how frequent your cleanings will be. Higher quality pellets have lower ash percentages, which means less maintenance for you. As for the heat output, the higher the BTU/lb number, the hotter the burn of course.

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Why Wood Pellets Made of Douglas Fir are So Popular

The popularity of 100% douglas fir wood pellets has been spreading rapidly in recent years. What makes them so special? Well, so say the high heat out and low ash levels are impressive would be an understatement. These softwood pellets are made from 100% douglas fir wood fibers – which is one of the hottest burning wood species in North America. Check out this chart showing the relative heat output (as measured by BTU/lb) from various wood species.

Wood BTU Comparison Chart

In addition to their superior heating ability, wood pellets comprised of 100% douglas fir create 2-3 times less ash than your average premium grade pellets. Ash levels this low provide a huge advantage in how often you must clean your stove or fiddle with your burn pot.

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Common Winter Weather Lore

Weather LoreWeather lore is spoken and written folklore consisting of rhymes, anecdotes, and adages meant to predict upcoming weather. Have you heard of the warning for rain when cows lay down? Or what about “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.” These are both perfect examples of weather lore.

Most common are predictions about winter, and most specifically – December. The Old Farmer’s Almanac rounded up the most widely spread December folklore…have you heard of these?

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