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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Cleanfire Douglas Fir – The Cadillac of Wood Pellets

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.
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20 Ways to Re-purpose or Upcycle Empty Wood Pellet Bags

Earth Day Recycle ChallengeIn honor of Earth Day, we ran a challenge on our Woodpellets.com Facebook page to find out about some uses for empty pellet bags. Some great prizes were given out (a free professional pellet stove cleaning and PelletBucks) but we also learned so many new ideas for how to repurpose bags!

The photo to the left was our contest winner’s submission. This photo illustrates how she uses her empty bags for sorting her 
TerraCycle Brigade recycling. It looks like she uses an empty diaper box for sorting as well! The Terracycle Brigade program collects previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste, with free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage recycled.

We loved that she takes extra time and care for not-so-simple recycling, and that our empty Cleanfire Douglas Fir pellet bags are a part of her process!

Although not everyone could come in first place, we loved all the ideas! Here are some of the ways our fans repurpose (or upcycle) their bags:

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5 Factors Driving Wood Pellet Fuel Prices

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:
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Spring Stock Up Sale: Don’t miss out!

wood pellets online, wood pellets sale, woodpellets.com 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.

Walk-in Bag Sales Now Available in Manchester NH

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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.

 

Demers Garden Center Pickup Update

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!

 

 

Is It Too Late to Order Pellets This Winter?

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!

Pellets!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.

Free Delivery Offer Extended on Flex Savings Plans

Our Flex Savings Plan allows you to make a monthly deposit in any amount you choose, enabling you to budget your wood pellet fuel purchase over many months – instead of a single large one-time payment.

Sign up before March 21st – we’ll give you FREE  Flex Delivery on your next order. 

  • Sign up must be completed by March 21st 2014.
  • Free delivery is only good on orders of 3 tons or more.
  • To qualify for free delivery you must have a minimum duration of at least 3 months.
  • Free delivery is for “Flex Delivery” – Standard and Precision delivery will have a surcharge.
  • Free delivery offer may not be combined with other offers or promotions.

The wood pellet budget plan is available to everyone, so feel free to let your neighbors, friends, relatives, and colleagues know that this option is available to them. If they are new WoodPellets.com customers, make sure to have them mention your name when ordering and they will get $25 off their order and we’ll give you $25 off your next order with us (click here for more details on our Pellet Buck Program). The best part is that there’s no limit on the amount of credit you can earn!

New Wood Pellet Brands: PowerHouse, Easy Heat, and Trebio

We’re carrying three new brands so you can pick the perfect pellet for your needs. The new additions to our pellet family are:

PowerHouse Wood PelletsPowerHouse (Hardwood)
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!
Easy Heat (Hardwood)
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!
 Trebio (Softwood)
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!