Biomass pellets can be made from barley straw, sawdust, switchgrass, bark, logging leftovers among others. Commercial settings and homes are some of the places that biomass pellets are used as a source of fuel.
Pellet stoves and boilers are easy to use when one is using biomass pellets.
Pellet plants and biomass pellet mills do not always rely on the waste products of farms, they sometimes grow their own energy crops to make into pellets such as switchgrass, hemp, reed canary grass, miscanthus just to mention of a few.
These energy plants are mostly grown in land that is not suitable for farming by pellet plants and biomass pellet mills. To meet the increasing demand for biomass pellets, farming of energy plants that can produce biomass pellets is on the increase. Homeowners also have the option of making their own biomass pellets using equipment that they can buy that is suitable for home use.
Only those who have some time on their hands can be able to make their own biomass pellets but those who do not have time can buy them from the shops.
One should consider using biomass pellets because they are more energy dense and easy to use. Biomass pellets are environmentally friendly because they use natural materials. Biomass pellets are small and they come in a cylindrical shape.
When choosing pellets, the best quality pellets will come in a dry, hard form and this should last a long time. A small amount of ash is what determines a good quality pellet after combustion. Standard pellets and premium pellets are the two forms of biomass pellets available in the market.
The amount of ash produced after combustion is what differentiates the two kinds of pellets. Premium pellets are the most common types of pellets in the market and they have an ash content of less than 1%. Standard pellets will have a higher percentage of ash that is close to 2% or slightly more.
Wood pellets should not be burned in biomass pellet stoves because they form clumps at high temperatures. The process of making biomass pellets includes feedstock grinding, moisture control, cooling and extrusion before any packaging is done.
Precision is required when making the biomass pellet so that one can come up with a high-quality pellet.
Waste paper, cordwood, residual forest waste, cornstalks and agricultural by-products are some of the materials that can be used to make biomass pellets.
Biomass pellets are uniform in shape, moisture, size, energy content, and density. It is easy to transport and store biomass pellets because of their small size. This means that one can have a lot of energy in their home or business when they store the pellets.