Summer is the season for camping and bonfires – and it’s nearly upon us. But before you start packing up firewood for your camping trip – think again. Most camp sites do not allow firewood to be brought from outside sources. This is because firewood can transport insects such as wasps, ants and beetles that can hurt trees and spread disease. According to Don’t Move Firewood;
Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.
So what should you do? Calling the campsite ahead of time to check what the rules are is a great first step. If the site allows local firewood to be brought in – just ask what the requirements are. You might just have to buy firewood that is sold close to where you’re camping. Make sure to ask where it’s from when you’re buying it. If the seller is unsure – you shouldn’t risk it.
“I want to try a new brand or type of wood pellets, but I’m concerned about taking the leap.”
Buy both! If you have been burning hardwood pellets, you might be curious about upgrading to softwood. (e.g. Cleanfire Hardwood vs. Cleanfire Pacific) Or perhaps you already burn softwood pellets, but you’re wondering if there’s really a difference when upgrading to a higher-level. (e.g. Cleanfire Pacific vs. Cleanfire Douglas Fir)
In order to really understand the difference between two different types or brands of wood pellets, you should burn at least a ton of each consecutively. This will give you enough time and fuel to let you really tell the difference in heat output and ash buildup between the pellet types. Depending on your stove, you may need to adjust your pellet feed rate and blower speed, especially if you are trying a hotter pellet than you normally burn.
Before you start burning, make sure your stove is nice and clean. Keep your settings adjusted to how you normally would. As you work through the first ton, take note of how often you have to clean out your burn pot and how the heat intensity feels. Once the first ton is gone, your pellet stove should be cleaned up before burning the other ton. Repeat the process, adjusting the stove as needed for the difference in heat output from the pellets.
Comparing your burning and heating experience with both types of wood pellets will likely take care of those pellet curiosities. (Not to mention how much cleaner your stove may be with one pellet or another.) Knowledge is power!
“I have a wood stove also, and I’d like to try wood bricks.”
If you have a wood stove and haven’t tried compressed wood bricks, it’s worth it to try them. Low ash, super high heat, and convenient packaging are some of the biggest reasons wood stove owners have supplemented their supply of cordwood, or switched entirely. If you have both types of stoves and you’re ordering your wood pellets, you can just add a ton of wood bricks to your delivery. Since this new kind of wood fuel is different than cordwood, it’s an easy way to try bricks out without committing to buying a whole heating season’s worth.
“Can I order more than one product at a time to have one delivery?”
Yes – most retailers will let you mix and match different types of fuel in your order. If you are going to try something new, there are two things you should look for. First, look for a retailer that doesn’t increase the delivery fee with larger order sizes. This will avoid any increased costs for your test fuel. Second, if the retailer has a minimum order size, make sure that a mixed order will satisfy the minimums. For example, if a retailer requires a 2 ton minimum order, make sure that ordering one ton each of two different pellet types will apply.
If you’re looking to try something new, we are happy to help. If you’re ready to order two (or more) types of fuel, you can just order them directly off our website. If you have any questions, and would like to talk through your options with a Woodpellets.com Pellet Expert, just call 1-800-PELLETS!
Product availability and pricing varies by region.
Wood bricks can be used alone or as a supplement to firewood in a wood stove. This video is comprised of a series of clips filmed over 75 minutes. A smoldering piece of mostly burned-through firewood is in the back, with three Cleanfire Wood Bricks stacked in front. There is no kindling or assistance needed, due to the already hot firewood ash bed.
It’s important to remember that whether used alone or with firewood – wood stoves should not be packed tight with wood bricks. Don’t be fooled by their size. Wood bricks pack a super hot punch – which can damage a stove if used incorrectly. We recommend testing brick and/or brick+firewood burning variations to find the best fit for your stove.
Cleanfire Wood Bricks are designed to release as much heat as possible when they burn. When anything burns, the energy is released as heat and light. Bricks release much more energy as heat instead of light, which maximizes the heat output generated. Therefore, the larger and brighter visible flames from firewood is basically wasted energy when it comes to heating. After some time burning, the bricks expand, the flame lessens, and high amounts of heat is released.
If you are used to seeing the larger flames firewood typically generates – it can be surprising to feel how much heat comes off burning bricks with a smaller flame. Cleanfire Wood Bricks burn at up to 8000 BTUs/lb – much more efficient than air dried cord wood which typically burns at 6500 BTU/lb.
Take a look at the flame/light comparison below.
Why switch from firewood to Cleanfire Wood Bricks?
Convenience: Firewood requires too much work. Typically, wood is 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. Cleanfire Wood Bricks, on the other hand, come packaged in shrink-wrapped bundles with handles (15 bricks per bundle), on a one-ton pallet. You may store them right on the pallet, or move these stackable bundles inside your garage or basement.
Cleanliness: Wood bricks are environmentally clean, and also clean for your home. Unlike firewood, which can have up to high amounts of bark, mold, and unwanted insects – Cleanfire Wood Bricks are completely bark-free, mold-free, and bug-free. Wood chips, sawdust and natural lignin are the only components in the kiln-fired bricks, which means there is no chance for insects to make homes in them.
Consistency: Even with the more expensive kiln-dried or pre-seasoned firewood, burn time and heat output can vary due to size and wood type/age inconsistencies. Compressed wood bricks are dried and pressed in a mold, making a uniform shape which makes for consistent burn times. Firewood has many variables (seasoned vs. non-seasoned, wood type, size, kiln-dried vs non-kiln-dried, etc.) so the BTU level can be hard to predict. Furthermore, in order to burn properly, wood should be between 15 and 20 percent moisture – which can take a full year of proper storage to achieve. Bricks are dried to less than 10% moisture before packaging. They are ready to burn as soon as you receive them.
Cleanfire Wood Bricks are sold exclusively by Woodpellets.com! Call 1-800-735-5387 to speak to an expert.
“At some places, it was just a recorded message: ‘We have no firewood for the season.’ ” a Natick resident explained to the Boston Globe about her trouble finding firewood. Unfortunately for wood stove owners, she’s far from alone in her struggle. The Northeast is experiencing another tight supply of firewood this year, and what’s available costs up to 25% more than it did last year.
While it’s an inconvenience for those using firewood as an ambiance enhancer – it’s much more serious for many New Englanders in need of wood heat for their homes. Census data reports wood used as a main heating source has increased most notably in the Northeast. According to the report, “All nine states in the New England and the Middle Atlantic Census divisions saw at least a 50% jump from 2005 to 2012 in the number of households that rely on wood as the main heating source.” Although the demand for firewood has overloaded the supply of late – there is an alterative.
Bitter cold temperatures in the Northeast have been relentless of late, and pellet burners are understandably cranking up stoves to keep warm. The colder the weather, the more pellets you’ll be burning. As your supply dwindles, make sure that you are ordering your pellets from somewhere that can get you your pellets quickly. (We’re very happy to report that in most Woodpellets.com service regions, delivery is now within one week!) Stay ahead of your supply level and order before you’re out, or close to being out.
It’s the time of year where the phones are steadily ringing, and we are talking with many new and returning customers. Due to other retailers running out of wood pellets and the time of year, our phone call volumes have significantly increased. The Woodpellets.com team is always happy to get you the answers you are looking for, so we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we are hearing during this seasonal rush.
1. Do you have wood pellets to sell me?
If you type in your zip code on our website, or tell us on the phone, you will receive a list of available inventory in your area. You might see “Backordered” or “Sold Out” at times. However, if we tell you on the phone or you see online that pellets are available – that means we have them. We would never knowingly sell wood pellets or wood bricks that aren’t available.
Today is the first official day of Fall! This means it’s time for apple picking, pumpkin carving and soon…..firing up your wood and/or pellet stoves!
We can assure you that we are working diligently to get orders out to our customers as quickly as we can. However, pellets cannot be delivered immediately after ordering. (Lead times vary by region.) If you haven’t ordered your wood pellets or wood bricks yet, we strongly encourage you do so as soon as possible in order to secure your fuel and get into our delivery queue. It’s not our supply we are warning you about, because we have considerably more pellets than our customers have ordered from us, at any given time. We are just providing a friendly reminder to place your order sooner rather than later to get higher on our delivery list.
Whether you choose to stick with us this year, try us out for the first time, or order elsewhere…order as soon as you’re able. Our customer service representatives are standing by at 1-800-PELLETS, and our website (www.woodpellets.com) is always available for orders, 24/7.
The new cordwood alternative fuel for wood stoves is here. Wood Bricks by Cleanfire burn hotter, cleaner, and longer than the equivalent amount of firewood without using any accelerants. Cleanfire Wood Bricks will make heating with wood much much easier and cleaner.
What makes Cleanfire Wood Bricks better than cordwood?
Made of kiln-dried, super-condensed recycled wood chips and sawdust, these bricks produce cleaner-burning, longer-lasting heat than cord wood alone. The biggest reason for the better performance of our Wood Bricks is the low-moisture content. Unlike cordwood, Cleanfire Wood Bricks do not lose heat evaporating the water trapped in the wood fiber. Instead, more heat is made available to warm your home. Read more