HARDWOOD VS SOFTWOOD
Our plant uses round logs harvested through the Master Logger program to
ensure only over forest growth materials are used. All the trees are
debarked/or with bark depending on the product and ground into a fine fiber
at a predetermined size. The finished material is dried/tempered and
compressed into a typical 40-44lb density wood pellet. For this reason the
myth of hardwood/softwood becomes a moot point. The Our plant uses
round logs harvested through the Master Logger program to ensure only
over forest growth materials are used. All the trees are debarked/or with
bark depending on the product and ground into a fine fiber at a
predetermined size. The expected reason 100% softwood pellets burn
slightly faster than other species is the softwoods are mostly pine trees that
have a presence of liquid tar and pitch.
The important factor in determining the wood pellet quality is really based
on its burning characteristics. If the pellet burns hot with little ash and
doesn't form any hard mineral deposits (clinkers) or hard glass like deposits
on the burn pot you have a high quality wood pellet. Although there are
industry tests some are deceiving. An excellent example of this is the critical
test for ash content, the higher the ash content the more apt you’re going to
have problems in your parlor appliance. High ash results in wasted product
and means that there are minerals present (dirt and silt on the logs) that will
cause burn problems.
The industry standard tests only produce results in ash % by weight
whereby the pellet may show a low ash% by weight but be extremely high in
light fluff ash causing plug ups and a higher frequency in cleaning
(sometimes daily). Another problem is that there is no industry quality
monitoring program and you can be deceived by a manufacturer that picks
the best of many test results and manufacturers outside that test report.
Another problem resulting from no formal monitoring or random sample
monitoring is the possibility of manufacturers using fillers or demolition
materials in their wood pellets. For example if a manufacture uses a less
cost material such as plastic or fiber byproducts not a natural wood fiber or
uses demolition wood materials the pellet can have disastrous results. The
manufacture that uses demolition materials cannot guarantee there is not
oil, antifreeze, lead paint and other chemicals in those demolition materials.
Other non-wood fiber materials can contain carcinogens and other
hazardous off gassing emissions not known by the manufacture.
Our production takes random samples during actual production runs.
Whatever the tests show is what we publish.
"Thinning forests for health"