Earth Day is a perfect time to remember how important our environment is. And upcycling – the conversion of useless products back into something of value – is a great way to live environmentally friendly, and also be budget conscious. When you finish burning a ton of wood pellets, you’re left with a wooden pallet and empty pellet bags. What do you do with them?
We want to know: How Do You Re-Use Your Empty Pellet Bags or Wood Pallets? Send us a photo of your upcycling techniques to sales@ woodpellets.com, or on our Facebook page for a chance to win a Free Woodpellets.com Value Delivery Voucher! We will choose our favorite submission on May 19th.
In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, check out some of our past upcycling posts:
Much like with any fuel purchase – buying your wood pellets for the heating season can be a significant expense. That’s why we created the industry’s only savings plan specifically for wood pellets. Our “Flex Savings Plan” makes saving for your wood pellets easier by enabling you to budget your fuel purchase over many months – instead of a single large one-time payment.
Did you know that softwood pellets can be used as horse bedding? Horse bedding is used in stalls to absorb urine and moisture, and is a necessary part of properly maintaining clean stalls. Wood shavings are commonly used, but softwood pellet bedding is becoming popular among experienced horse and stable owners. Earlier this month, Woodpellets.com was proud to donate Cleanfire Pacific wood pellets to the NY-based nonprofit, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue.
Five years ago, Deanna Mancuso founded the LOHR in order to provide a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and neglected horses. But the mission of her team goes beyond rescue, rehabilitation and care – because the horses go on to help people. Lucky Orphans’ EAGALA certified team offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for those struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression and other mental or emotional struggles. Deanna explained, “Donations like these wood pellets are really a donation to the community, because you’re helping the horses that are serving such a huge purpose in the community”.
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
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.
Wait 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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We 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.
You call us to help you create your personalized Flex Savings Plan. We designed this budget plan with our customers in mind – which is why you get to choose everything. You pick your start date, your monthly deposit amount, and the method of payment.
Each month, on the date you chose, your deposit is automatically processed and stored as a credit on your Woodpellets.com account. You will be sent an email receipt, and you can always call us or simply login to track your Plan.
Whenever you’re ready to order, your account credit is available to apply to your order balance. If you signed up during a promotion, you’ll receive Free Value Delivery on that order because you enrolled in the Flex Savings Plan!
As long as your monthly deposit is at least $25, you can adjust the amount at any time.
Free Value Delivery offer valid with initial plan enrollment by 2/28/17, after 3 months of deposits of at least $25 or more, on orders of 3+ tons. Deluxe and Premier delivery have a small additional charge. Any remaining balance after credit is applied is due at time of order. Monthly deposit amounts can be changed at any time. Free Value Delivery offer cannot be combined with other offers.
The 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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We want to see your stacking and storing techniques! Send us a picture of your pellet and/or wood bricks supply to enter the 2017 “How Do You Stack Up?” Photo Contest! There are two different ways to enter for the chance to WIN!