Grades of Pellet Fuel
The PFI has designated fuels as Premium for years, and most product sold in the
US bears the PFI premium designation, which requires <1% ash content and other test
However, many participants in the Pellet Fuels Institute recognize that this standard
is insufficient. It does not require regular third party testing of frequent samples
from production, so though one bag tested may meet the standard, the next may not.
In addition, the Pellet Fuels Institute does not own the word “Premium” so if you
see a fuel labeled as a “Premium” fuel, unless it actually has the PFI logo on the
bag, you cannot be sure that the manufacturer is even testing to the same standard.
New Pellet Fuels Standards Are Emerging
WoodPellets.com is working with others in the industry to improve this situation.
The industry as a whole, through the Pellet Fuels Institute, has established a testing
protocol which requires frequent quality checks and independent verification of
product quality. These new standards also have created separate grades of pellets
with the following ash requirements (and other requirements):
- Super-Premium - <0.5% Ash
- Premium - <1% Ash
- Standard - <2% Ash
- Utility - <6% Ash
But in the meantime, we thought you might want to know…
Though the Pellet Fuels Institute standards-setting and testing protocol will take
years to roll out, we felt you had a right to know the ash content of fuels you
are buying today. Accordingly, we are independently testing the ash content of all
fuels we purchase on a regular basis. We’ve always done this to assure that we were
getting you quality fuels; now we’re just letting you know the results.
For additional information
Please feel free to call our customer service team at 1 800 PELLETS or click on
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