A Look Behind the Scenes at Woodpellets.com

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If you have a wood pellet stove, by this time you have either bought your pellets, or at least thought about it (we hope). Our phones have been ringing steadily and our hours have extended, which means the heating season is quickly approaching. We have been happy to hear from many new people this year, and of course we’re thrilled to be catching up with our past/repeat customers as well. During our high call volume, we have been hearing and experiencing a lot of the same things, which we’d like to address:

1. A Need for Information: We are getting calls from many new pellet stove owners with many questions about the best kind of wood pellets, the difference between hardwood and softwood, ash content importance, etc. Every person that answers the phone at Woodpellets.com is a wood pellet fuel expert. You won’t be transferred to another department in order to talk to someone who knows about pellets, and you will certainly not be rushed off the line. We completely understand that you might have a lot of questions, and we are all happy and ready to provide you with honest, helpful answers. Most members of our team are either pellet stove owners, or have owned a pellet stove in the past – so we’ve probably had similar questions at one point.

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Another Cold Winter Heading Our Way

Prepare for a cold winter

For Northeasterners, and much of the U.S., last winter was rough. Heavy snowfall, plenty of ice and bitter cold temperatures made the season very difficult for many. In August of 2013, the Farmer’s Almanac actually predicted this kind of weather, which sparked some skepticism. The report predicted, “The ‘Days of Shivery’ are back! For 2013—2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation.” Unfortunately, that report ended up being right. If the trend continues and this year’s prediction is also correct, we are in for another long, cold winter.

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Introducing Cleanfire Wood Bricks

Cleanfire Hot Bricks

We are very excited to announce a new cordwood alternative fuel for wood stoves. Cleanfire Wood Bricks 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 loose heat evaporating the water trapped in the wood fiber. Instead, more heat is made available to warm your home.
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Pick Up Your Wood Pellet Order, or Have It Delivered? A Cost Comparison

Delivery or Pickup?There isn’t much of an argument against how convenient home delivery is. However, delivery typically comes at a price, so it’s nice when there is a “pickup” option available. Target is a great example of a store offering both delivery and pickup. For many large items, such as patio furniture or kitchen appliances, you can skip the delivery fee and have the store hold your items at a location near you. Then you simply head to the store when you’re alerted, show your ID and load your item(s) into your vehicle. It might take a couple of trips and some heavy lifting, but you have saved the delivery fee. But have you considered the real cost of picking it up yourself? Did you really save?
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Your Fall Home Safety Checklist

1. Make sure your wood and pellet stoves are safe to operate.

Regular inspections are necessary to ensure that these devices are running with maximum safety and efficiency. There are certain things you can check out yourself. Inspect stovepipes and check for corrosion, holes, or loose joints. Look for signs of deterioration or looseness. Check for signs of rust or cracking in the stove’s body or legs. For a thorough cleaning and inspection, hire a professional.

2. Have a house fire plan.

This is the time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working and have fresh batteries. If you haven’t done so already, install detectors on each floor of your home or apartment. Also, keep at least one fire extinguisher in an accessible area, and be certain everyone knows where it is. Check your extinguisher each year and replace it if there is any damage. Definitely replace it if its over 5-6 years old.
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Is Your Stove Ready for the Heating Season?

Your Pellet Stove Needs CareIt’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.
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Have Dinner On Us! $50 Gift Card

Darden RestaurantsWe all know hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill are great in the summer. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking. For the whole month of July, if you buy three or more tons, Woodpellets.com will send you a $50 Darden restaurants gift card to have dinner out on us.

Leave the kids with a sitter for date night, or bring them with you for a family night out on the town! You need quality wood pellets delivered for the heating season, and in this case, the early bird gets the meal. Secure your fuel in July and let us reward you! Give your grill a rest.

Redeem your gift card at Red Lobster®, Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52® or any other Darden restaurant. Full list
here.
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How to Make a Water Blob Out of Empty Pellet Bags

Water Blob DIYSummer is here, the weather is warm and your kids need some entertaining. Have you heard of water blobs? They are an easy and inexpensive way to keep children busy and cool outside.

Water blobs are literally big blobs of water. Typically, they are made of two plastic painter’s tarps duct taped or fused together, then filled with hose water and sealed up. (Tutorial here) The blobs are great for laying and jumping on, and even exploring for the smaller kids if you put some colorful foam toys inside.

You may have read our blog about what to do with empty wood pellet bags. For summer, we thought of a way to use your WoodPelletBagWaterBlobpellet bags for this popular water blob trend!

See below for a step by step tutorial on how to make a water blob out of those empty wood pellet bags you might have laying around from the heating season.

What you’ll need:

  • At least 8 empty pellet bags. You’ll need more for a larger blob of course.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Parchment paper
  • Duct tape

 

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What is the Flex Savings Plan?

Wood Pellets Flex Savings Plan

Introduced in February of 2013, the Flex Savings Plan has quickly become very popular among our customers. We understand that buying your annual wood pellet fuel is typically a large purchase, one that may cause financial stress. Therefore, we created this Flex Savings plan to help budget that large annual fuel purchase by making it much easier to save.

So, how does it work?

The Flex Savings Plan allows you to make a monthly deposit in any amount you are comfortable with. This stretches out your wood pellet fuel purchase over months, instead of a single large one-time payment. Each monthly deposit is applied to your personal PelletBucks credit account. You’ll receive an automatic email statement for every deposit that shows your account balance. And when you’re ready to order your wood pellets, your PelletBucks credit amount will be automatically applied to your order balance. No lump-sum payment required. Your wallet will thank you!

What’s the catch? 

No catch. This plan is just a way to help you chip away at your annual fuel purchase. There’s no interest and you can stop at any time. If you do decide to stop for whatever reason…we will refund the money you have paid (minus a 5% electronic handling charge).

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