Although pellet shortages are fairly rare events, there are a few concerning signs that spell trouble again this winter.
The most troubling trend we continue to see is the huge volume of pellets being
exported to Europe. Much of this volume represents utility grade pellets used to replace coal for generating electricity. But more and more pellet producers are looking to Europe to sell their residential heating pellets as well. The biggest driver for exporting residential heating pellets is that producers get a higher price from European customers. Thus, wood pellets that used to be sold here in the United States are now being exported to Europe. Read more
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.
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.
Have you heard about our referral program? You can get $25 in credit added to your account every time you successfully refer a new customer to Woodpellets.com!
Once your friend’s first order is delivered, you will automatically be credited $25 for your next order. So, if you’re happy with our service, our products and our convenient delivery…you can benefit.
It’s not always easy to make healthy choices when you’re out to eat. Large portions, heavy sauces, fried sides…it’s all very tempting. However, if you go in prepared – healthy choices are easier to make! Here are a few quick tips on how to make healthy choices when dining out:
1. If you’re at a restaurant with inevitably large portions, then ask for a to go box as soon as your food arrives. Place part of your food in the box immediately, and put it aside. This way, you won’t be as tempted to eat the entire plate in front of you. If you’re really still hungry, you can always dig in to the extra food, but this will cut down on the chances of eating more even when you’re full.
Storing Wood Pellets Inside
We recommend storing your fuel inside in a dry area free from flooding, mold, and excessive humidity. Inside storage is really your best bet for efficient storage. If you have the space, reuse the wooden pallet your fuel arrived on. Place it in a dry area, put cardboard over the pallet, and stack your bags on top. The pallet is built to hold weight, so you can stack your pellets nice and high.
The wooden pallet is an almost square shape, at 40 by 48 inches, which might not be ideal for your space. Sometimes it’s more practical to ditch the pallet and stack in a narrow space, as pictured. (Check out our Pinterest page to see some
ways to re-use wood pallets!) Read more
We 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. Read more
Summer 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 pellet 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
It’s grilling season! Have you heard of wood pellet grills? We used to have a small one at our office for Cookout Fridays…which was great! It really gave a wonderful smoky flavor to our food. Like any grill, the cost ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The one pictured to the left is from Costco (courtesy of the Costco Couple).
Even if you don’t have a wood pellet grill – you might have a grill in general. We have compiled a list of 10 really nifty grill accessories. Some really useful, and some a little over the top.
Here are the grilling tools you never knew you needed…in no particular order:
1. Multi Grilling Tool: For the griller with no time to switch between tongs, a fork and a spatula. People are hungry…there is no time to waste! (thekitchn.com)