The case for heating with wood

If you’ve been looking for eco- and wallet-friendly ways to heat your business, facility or home, you might have heard about wood-fuel heating. But you might also have some questions about just how “green” it is to heat with wood. There is a lot of conflicting information and opinion out there, and it can be hard to wade through the clutter. This article summarizes what we know about the economic, energetic AND environmental benefits of using wood fuel for heat.

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How Bulk Pellets work

Bulk wood pellet heating for automatic wood pellet boilers as well as pellet stoves offers some advantages in cost and ease of use. It’s not for everyone at the moment but for consumers who have a large heat load, there is cost savings and convenience to be found with bulk delivery.

What size boiler do I need?

You have a home, workshop or office building and you’d like to get away from oil heating and move to cheaper and renewable wood options. How much heat do you need? What size of boiler will provide you with enough heat?

Wood chips vs. firewood vs. wood pellets: Which is best for you?

Wood comes in many forms, species, sizes and origins. Let’s simplify the discussion to just the three wood mainstays: wood chips, wood pellets and logwood (firewood). My other resource posts will detail considerations for each fuel type but for now, let’s consider them broadly.

Can I burn peanut shells and hay bales too?

Modern wood heating appliances are built for high efficiency and low emissions. Each appliance is intended to burn a particular range of wood fuels which don’t include burning peat, pine cones, straw, grass clippings or coffee grounds.

How do I store wood pellets?

Bulk wood pellets delivered by pneumatic truck can be stored in many acceptable ways. Here is a description of a few of the most common methods.