It’s inevitable: the nights are cooler, the days are shorter. Fall is coming quickly and it’s time to get ready for the 2014-15 heating season. You may have already secured your wood pellets and/or wood bricks, and that’s great! But before you start up your stove for the season, you should seriously consider a professional 8-point cleaning and inspection. If you have not already had your stove serviced – and we mean professionally cleaned – since last heating season, we strongly recommend that you do.
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.
WoodPellets.com has always sold super premium softwood pellets. With more heat and less ash than your typical hardwood pellet, high quality softwood pellets provide a superior burning experience for our customers. But there is one brand of softwood pellets that takes quality to a whole new level – our Cleanfire Douglas Fir.
Introduced in 2012, Cleanfire Douglas Fir pellets are special in many ways. First, these softwood pellets are made from 100% douglas fir material – 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.
Like any fuel, the price of wood pellets will inevitably fluctuate. However, even with their increasing popularity (pellet production has significantly increased over the last few years) wood pellet prices don’t get nearly as much attention as other fuels such as heating oil. We realize our customers might have some questions about what factors determine wood pellet price changes. As always, we prefer to keep our customers as informed as possible. So, here are the top five factors influencing wood pellet pricing:
Now that Spring is finally here, it’s time for the Woodpellets.com Annual Spring Stock-up Sale! We encourage all of our customers, and potential customers, to stock up now. Buying pellets now will not only save you money, but it will keep you prepared for what the next heating season may bring.
The Stock-Up Sale will save you $15 per ton on softwood pellets, and $5 per ton on hardwood pellets.
Type in your zip code at www.woodpellets.com to get pricing and delivery options in your area. Or, you can always give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS (800-735-5387). We would love to hear from you!
If you’re concerned about storing your pellets this summer, don’t worry! Check out our wood pellets summer storage tips.
Pellets must be ordered by 4/30, and delivery by May 15th must be agreed to. Some delivery dates may vary depending on the region.
Starting April 2, 2014: Wood pellets are now available for walk-in pick-ups at Demer’s Garden Center (656 S Mammoth Rd, Manchester, NH). No pre-pay required, and no more bag limits!
Although calling 1-800-PELLETS ahead of time is not required, we recommend you still call to place your order for your bags. This will ensure availability of your desired pellet type, and will also make the process easier when you pick-up.
At this time for Manchester walk-ins, Cleanfire Hardwood, Granules LG and Cleanfire Pacific brands are available. If you would like to order more than single bags (a ton/skid or more) please call 1-800-PELLETS (800-735-5387) to pre-order. If you prefer to just buy your desired amount of single bags, Demer’s Garden Center can take your information. Either way, you have the option of picking up your pellets at Demer’s.
We are currently out of allocation for bag sales this week at Demers Garden Center – but should have new availability as early as Monday, March 17th. Check back with our WoodPellets.com site for the latest information – or give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS. We have customer service representatives available to answer your questions and concerns.
Friday, March 14 UPDATE: Call us at 1-800-735-5387 on Tuesday the 18th to reserve bags for pickup on Wednesday, March 19th!
UPDATE: Lead times for delivery service has changed from up to three weeks, to within 7-10 days! Call us at 1-800-735-5387 to place your order now…it’s not too late!
The pellets shortage of 2014 has made it nearly impossible to find pellets this March. And even if you live in a region served by our home delivery service, the lead time has now reached three weeks in many areas. But is it too late to order? No.
What we have been telling customers is to “get in line” because nobody knows what might happen in the next couple weeks.
If the shortage ends abruptly and you don’t need the fuel – simply cancel the order. We don’t require any prepayment.
But if the winter continues even longer, or the shortage gets worse – you’ll be glad you secured your place in line.
We’re carrying three new brands so you can pick the perfect pellet for your needs. The new additions to our pellet family are:
Available in the Mid-Atlantic
Power House Premium Wood Pellets are made from 100% select hardwoods local to Pennsylvania. The 2012 test results for both ash and moisture content have been consistently strong, and we know this pellet will have a “bright” future in your stove!
Available in Ohio
Buy Local! Easy Heat Wood Pellets are some of the best wood pellets available on the market today and are produced right here in Ohio. They have achieved a well-deserved reputation for solid heat output and consistency of both ash and moisture content. Less fiddling with your stove and more predictable heat output – what’s not to like about that!
Available in New Hampshire and New York
Trebio Softwood Pellets are a quality pellet that consistently exceed the premium wood pellet standards. The slightly darker color is a result of Trebio’s very thorough process of extracting moisture from the pellets. Excellent packaging, a consistent product, and the extra “boost” of heat output you’d expect from a softwood pellet.
Have you burned these pellet brands before? What did you think? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!