Pinnacle Renewable Energy created this very informative video to explain the whole process of how wood pellets are made – from beginning to end. Check it out!
Wood pellets begin their journey as tree seedlings. By absorbing nutrients from the soil, and carbon dioxide from the air, along with sunlight and rain, the seedling is eventually nurtured into a full grown tree. Then, it’s harvested for lumber and replaced with a fresh seedling. This renews the process all over again, in a controlled sustainable way.
Do you hate cleaning your pellet stove? I do. It’s one of those necessary chores of pellet stove ownership that you come to dread. But over the last four years that I have been cleaning my stove, I have managed to reduce the time spent to just 20-30 minutes per month. I have found that the most critical step in cleaning your stove is having the right tools for the job.
1. Although it may seem obvious – a flashlight that you can wear on your head, or clamp to the side of the stove, is a must. Without the proper light, it is impossible to see all nooks and crannies where the ash is hiding. While the headlight allows you to use your hands for other tasks, it throws decent light wherever you turn your head to look.
2. Another must-have tool is a good stiff brush. I use an old nylon 2′ paint brush to sweep the ash from my heat exchanger, and off the walls of the stove itself. Don’t try to use a cheap flimsy brush. You need a sturdy one that can withstand the stress of regular cleaning.
The ceremonial groundhog in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow this morning. The proclamation from the Groundhog Club leader was, “There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast! Take your jackets off, you’re not going to need them!”. However, some analysts and official forecasters had different findings.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac 2015-16 Winter Outlook – February temperatures will drop to bitter cold, and will last well into March. While the Northeast hasn’t had an overly challenging winter so far this season, forecasters warn that it’s coming.
Despite the strong El Nino, many of these areas will still see wintry precipitation — more likely winter wet than winter white — but still winter nonetheless. Though the Spring Equinox will arrive on March 20th, winter weather may hang on for just a bit longer this year, making for a delayed start to spring.
Their predictions for Zone 1 (the Northeast) include significant storms and winter conditions lingering on from February, and through the Easter holiday.
What do you think? Do you stand by Punxsutawney Phil? For the record – USA Today has tracked his “predictions” since 1988, and he has been “right” 13 times and “wrong” 15 times, for an accuracy rate of 46 percent. Sometimes, all you can do is be prepared for as much as you can.