Production of stove pellets from chips and sawdust (2023)

A look at the technology for converting wood waste into wood stove briquettes or pellets. is it practical January 25, 2010

I came across an old thread here on WOODWEB that talked about making pellets from wood waste. I had often thought about that myself and even found a pellet machine that I like. The machine is relatively affordable and it would be interesting to try making pellets for personal use - maybe to heat the shop or my house. The discussion here (don't know how old it was) made the process sound more complicated than the Pellet Pro website makes it out to be. I would be interested to know what others know about it.

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From Contributor K:
That is very cool! i love the idea I think I would love to incorporate it into my dream store one day. I wonder how clean it burns and how much smoke does it actually produce?

From Contributor Z:
We are already heating the workshop with our leftovers, but we still have a lot of chips to deal with. I will investigate these further.

(Video) How It's Made: Wood Pellets

From contributor G:
I took a very close look at Pellet Pro. I spoke to them on the phone (they seemed very knowledgeable), checked out their website and checked out their CD. I was told that the machines should be constantly maintained while they are in operation, which is too labor intensive. I was also told that the pellets need to be refrigerated. The small refrigerated display case system in the video is also too labor intensive. They do have a cooling tank, but it seemed disproportionately oversized and overpriced compared to the pellet machines.

I want to process the 5-7 half loads of sawdust we produce in a year so I can burn it for heat. Now I'm looking for a used Weima briquette maker that better suits my needs. From my research, briquettes are not quite as picky about the initial moisture content of the sawdust as pellets. 6-8% MC sawdust is too dry for pellets from what I've read. I suppose moisture could be added somehow, but that's another step. The grain size of the sawdust is also more selective with pellet manufacturers. These are the conclusions I have drawn from my research so far and the reasons that influenced my choice of briquettes. I am very open to corrections or other ideas. I am very motivated and looking forward to this project. I think this technology is still in its infancy for us small users but will likely evolve as current fuel prices make it more attractive. At the moment, the payback isn't great even for my used equipment. It just seems right.

From contributor S:
We have also engaged in the production of wood pellets from our sawdust and shavings. We actually visited a pellet production facility just to see what the equipment was. I noticed that the power output on Pellet Pro machines was the same as the power output on the larger HP pelletizers. Pellet Pro recommended using a sawdust binder in their machines, which would require a different process and more cost. We abandoned the project and purchased a Taylor hot water furnace to convert to a waste-fired hot water furnace. We use a fairly large auger. I welded a hopper over the auger into which we load kiln dried chips and sawdust with a skid steer loader. We plan on blowing our chips into the Taylor wood stove (with anti-blowback devices, of course). The sawdust/shavings/oxygen mixture should burn very well. We will use this energy to heat our drying ovens.

From contributor U:
I think as long as you burn the waste at the production site, making pellets at first would be a wasted step. The technology for incinerating the waste produced has proven itself and has been available for years. Manufacturing pellets makes sense if you want to transport and resell them to consumers, but large-scale production seems like the answer to any cash gain.

From the original questioner:
To Contributors U: That's the point now. We're a small four-person operation, going through hundreds of board feet a week versus thousands. The question is, if we're only talking about 120 cubic feet or so of chips every few weeks, does pellet have any benefit? I doubt we would produce enough chips to feed a commercial chip boiler system (which I didn't even know existed until this discussion).

(Video) Woodchips to sawdust and wood pellets

From contributor G:
At first I also thought processing the sawdust would be a wasted step. I've also dabbled in sawdust-fired boilers. In the cold months alone we don't produce enough dust and that means storing sawdust until winter. That, I decided, is less practical in our case than turning the dust into briquettes, which means a 10 to 1 volume reduction, easier and cleaner to handle. Make sure you don't spend a dollar on labor to save a penny on fuel costs. Even at $8 an hour, that could add up. Another reason I will be making briquettes is that a few of my co-workers and I can burn them at home too. They agreed to make and pack my briquettes as well as their own in their time in exchange for free briquettes. It wouldn't be worth it without the free labor. Making the briquettes is easier than making firewood for them, so it should be a win-win. I don't even make them yet and had interest from people who wanted to buy briquettes. Interesting idea, but I don't think we'll make enough dust for that. Like I said, I'm happy about that.

From contributor T:
Be sure to let us know how you get on with the briquetting machine if you go this route. We also produce about four trailer loads per year. I am currently having a hard time getting rid of the dust. The MDF plant that used to take it no longer accepts hardwood chips. We have a wood boiler that we use to heat our scraps in the winter. So I would have no trouble burning either the pellets or briquettes. I checked out the Pellet Pro video looks easy online. But as someone else mentioned, I thought you needed to add a binder to the dust before putting it in the machine. Maybe some kind of wax. You don't seem to show that in the video or the cooldown requirements you mention. However, if the dies only last about 200 hours, I can't consider that a great payback. At four hours a week, it would only take about a year. I think it depends on the price of the matrices. I haven't actually reviewed the Weima briquette maker but I think I'll get some literature on their system. I'm wondering how well both the pellets and briquettes burn, how much smoke they produce and how long they burn. Is there anyone who burns pellets or briquettes and would like to share their experience with them?

From contributor G:
Pellets are more sensitive to moisture than briquettes from my research. At the correct moisture level, about 12% no binder is needed. Lignum, a natural binding agent in wood, is reactivated in the pressing process. Introducing moisture into 6% MC sawdust is another expense. I buy the Weima briquette maker, oven and excavator, all used by the same man. He has been using it successfully for two years. He doesn't add moisture, although he says it would work a bit better if he did. He used to burn firewood and said he wouldn't want to go back to it. He found the briquettes to burn best in his special kiln if he packed them in feed bags first, about 30 pounds a bag and 30 sacks for a full kiln. That's 900 pounds each and they lasted 24 hours on the coldest days in 10-25 below zero. My shop is much better insulated than his, so not as many briquettes are needed. I have a 24 inch exhaust fan that runs most days all day which is a huge heat loss. That's a bigger fan than last winter, which is one of the reasons for burning briquettes.

From the original questioner:
To Contributor G: Is that correct - £900 a day?

From contributor G:
Yes, that's right, £900. That was below zero on the coldest days. Last winter was very long and cold here in the Midwest. His store is 10,000 square feet and very poorly insulated. Therefore, he began to burn wood, and then briquettes. He couldn't afford to heat with LP. He also has an exhaust fan that runs most of the time in the target room. Its wood stove is rated for 24,000 square feet. So he could keep his shop very warm. He estimated that he burned 3-4 half-loads of sawdust made into briqs per year. I have given him about 4 half loads in the last 1.5 years. The rest I gave away to farmers for bedding. He mostly agreed on the learning curve of this briquette thing and I had asked a lot of questions during that time because I thought it was a great idea.

(Video) Making Saw Dust Wood Pellets tutorial 120B

From Contributor K:
Does any of you who have dealt with pellet and briquette burning know if one burns longer per pound of fuel than the other? Contributor U mentioned burning plain, unprocessed sawdust. It seems to me that the whole point of compacting the material is to slow down the burn rate of the fuel in order to control the BTUs delivered and not waste the fuel. I would think the briquettes would be a better and more economical choice because I believe they would burn longer than pellets.

From contributor G:
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I've learned. All types of wood or wood by-products contain roughly the same BTUs per pound. A pound of hickory is smaller and denser than a pound of pine. Obviously hickory is smaller in volume and burns longer. By weight, both contain roughly the amount of BTUs per pound. You have to reload the furnace with pines more often because you don't get as many pounds in it. Pine wood burns faster in volume terms, but not in weight terms. No matter what you're burning, the trick is to only add the fuel (air and wood) when needed, at a controlled rate, to avoid wasting fuel. Whether you burn firewood, sawdust, pellets or briquettes, it doesn't matter, they burn the same. The difference lies in the handling and delivery system. I can't store the volume of seven truckloads of sawdust summer through winter. I can save the volume of it after it's made into briquettes. Both weigh the same, but take up less space.

From Contributor K:
I requested literature from Pellet Pro and it states that hardwood sawdust (doesn't say what kind, so I'm assuming mixed) burns at 8573 BTU/lb. and softwood sawdust at 7000 BTU/lb. If that is correct, it speaks for itself to this question. The point I thought of but didn't say was that the more surface area is exposed in the kiln's combustion chamber, like you would have with uncompacted sawdust, the less you can control the burns and the fewer BTU's you get benefit from burn. The larger and denser the briquette, the less time you'll likely have to spend loading it. Am I correct?

From contributor G:
I googled "Wood BTU and BTU Conversion" and many different types of wood were listed. They start by listing the weight of a cord of firewood of a specific type and, among other things, the BTU in that cord. In all the charts I've read, if one species was half the weight of another species, the BTU was also half the size. According to these charts, there was no difference in BTU per pound per type. Right or wrong in the real world it probably doesn't matter because if either of us makes pellets or briquettes, they will make them from whatever type of sawdust we use have available. The point I haven't made clear is that controlled combustion in the stove is at least as important as the type (sawdust, pellets, briquettes) of wood fuel. For this purpose, the air inlet of the burner is controlled by a flap. The air intake depends on the type of fuel, its surface area, density, the need for heat at that particular moment and the rate of combustion of the fuel.

From contributor U:
I've been looking for a way to recycle small amounts of wood waste for over a year and here are some of my thoughts and things I've learned or think I've learned. No argument about the benefit of size reduction when compressing wood waste to reduce volume. Pellets and briquettes are easier to transport, whether across town or across the state. Storage of uncompressed wood can become a problem. However, one of the things that pellet making briquettes need (and I assume) is consistent particle size and moisture content. Size seems to be a "less than" situation to go through the dies. Moisture is needed for everything to hold together. Uniform size fuel is also needed to configure a burner for efficiency. Pieces of wood larger than small chips would need to be reduced in size to compress, which would require some sort of machine like a mill or hammer mill - more cost and more floor space required.

(Video) Wood chips to produce wood pellets

I would assume your wood is KD and less than 10% MC which as mentioned can lead to a binding issue. An even addition of moisture would be required. How should be considered. I would also expect a lumber shop to have a variety of sizes ranging from very fine sawdust to small end and side cuts. Two different problems when it comes to burning. Just burning sawdust is a problem because the dust tends to smother the flame, so a controlled feed rate is required. You can't just shovel it in. You might consider a way to standardize the particle size and get a furnace optimized for that size. Search the internet for sawdust burners, gasification furnaces, or scrap wood burners. Some that I am aware of are Wood Gun, EKO Oven and Woodmizer. Woodmizer specializes in burning sawdust to help with the dust generated by its mills and is still somewhat in the beta testing phase, but all reports have been positive and it's good company to deal with. I have no self interest.

From contributor G:
In my case all dust is about 8% dry - definitely on the dry side. The guy I buy the briquette from processed and burned seven half loads of me and his dry dust. He learned that higher humidity makes a prettier briquette, but the dry material worked well enough to burn. Wood shavings and shavings make the best briquettes. Fine dust also worked (it made a lot of sanding dust) and made an acceptable but crumbling briq. During the last two years of his briquette making he experimented with humidity and chip size and showed me many samples. In the end, he chose to process the dust as it was. He said the briqs might not always be pretty enough to sell, but they all burned very well in his Central Boiler outdoor wood-burning stove. Wood scraps were also burned by simply throwing them into the stove. I'll probably sand mine at some point for easier handling and storage.

From contributor G:
We now have all devices on our website. The Weima briquetting machine is available and ready for operation. We did some briqs and it worked well with both fine and coarse dust. We are in the process of repairing an 8ft diameter (rust and bearings). x 20' tall sawdust bin. The workshop dust collector blows into this bin. It has beaters to prevent the sawdust from bridging, just above a cross auger that is emptied into the Weima's hopper. So far, so good.

From contributor H:
Thinking about using the briquetting machine for grilling? Would it work or is too much smoke?

From contributor G:
Briquettes burn like small pieces of wood. I would think there would be smoke but I never tried.

(Video) How Wood Pellets Are Made

From Contributor N:
You can briquette them with a barbecue briquette machine. Essentially, charcoal is just heated wood like in a carburetor system. It gets heated and gives off the gases, but doesn't actually burn. Charcoal is the leftover residue that is compressed. If you simply use the briquettes in an oven without charring them, they will burn up quickly like small pieces of wood, but it works.

From contributor G:
The guy I bought my briquettes from said he sold briquettes to people for campfire wood. After packing it was cleaner and easier to transport to the campsite.


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What is the process of making pellets? ›

A Description of the Pelleting Process. The process of manufacturing fuel pellets involves placing ground biomass under high pressure and forcing it through a round opening called a "die." When exposed to the appropriate conditions, the biomass "fuses" together, forming a solid mass.

How are sawdust pellets made? ›

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How do you make wood pellets out of wood chips? ›

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Can I make my own wood pellets for pellet stove? ›

You can make your own wood pellets using a wide range of wood waste. It includes wood shavings, sawdust, wood logs, and wood chips. You will require about 8 to 10 logs or 4 to 5 buckets of sawdust to make a medium batch of wood pellets. Such raw material is readily available in a local sawmill or lumber yard.

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Depending on factors related to your home size and pellet stove usage, you should be able to get around 24 hours of heat from one bag of pellets. There are 50 40-pound bags in one ton, and we recommend 2 tons to 5 tons to last you the entire heating season. This equals 100 to 250 bags.

What are the raw materials for pellets? ›

The common pellets are made from woody biomass, like sawdust, wood chips or forest residues, but there are a variety of raw materials which can be pelletized. Some examples are paper products, waste biomass, corn, cotton seed, hemp, miscanthus, reed canary grass, straw, cereal spillage, low grade hay etc..

What machine is used to make pellets? ›

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What is the purpose of pelleting? ›

Basically, the purpose of pelleting is to take a finely divided, sometimes dusty, unpalatable and difficult-to-handle feed material and, by using heat, moisture and pressure, form it into larger particles.

How do they make pellets for pellet stoves? ›

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What products can be made from sawdust? ›

A major use of sawdust is for particleboard; coarse sawdust may be used for wood pulp. Sawdust has a variety of other practical uses, including serving as a mulch, as an alternative to clay cat litter, or as a fuel. Until the advent of refrigeration, it was often used in icehouses to keep ice frozen during the summer.

Are wood pellets made from sawdust? ›

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How do you make wood pellets last longer? ›

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Leaves is a high-fiber material. It is easy to made into pellets with high intensity. Leaves burns sufficiently and evenly, with high calorific value.

Can you use wood chips in a pellet stove? ›

Wood chips can be burnt in a pellet stove, but only at the sacrifice of the automatic feed system, the efficient burn, and the low volume of waste products.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or pellets? ›

Pellets are slightly higher in price per year, though they burn longer than wood. In either case, according to the Department of Energy, you should expect to pay about $190 for a cord of wood or ton of pellets (at 6.5 cords or 7.5 tons of pellets per season, factoring in that a ton equals 1.5 cords).

Is it cheaper to heat with wood or pellets? ›

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Wood burning stoves are generally priced similar to their pellet and gas counterparts. In terms of fuel cost, unless you have a free source of wood, you'll have to pay for wood, although wood is typically cheaper than gas.

Is it cheaper to heat with wood pellets or natural gas? ›

In almost every case, a pellet stove is cheaper. In fact, you can heat your entire home with a pellet stove and still pay less than you would for natural gas. However, a pellet stove also requires you to purchase, haul, and store pellets.

Do pellet stoves use a lot of electricity? ›

They also require electricity to run fans, controls, and pellet feeders. Under normal usage, they consume about 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or about $9 worth of electricity per month. Unless the stove has a back-up power supply, the loss of electric power results in no heat and possibly some smoke in the house.

How many pellets can I smoke for 8 hours? ›

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What chemicals are in wood pellets? ›

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Is there a machine for wood pellets? ›

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: a usually small rounded or spherical body. specifically : a small cylindrical or ovoid compressed mass (as of a hormone) that is implanted subcutaneously for slow absorption into bodily tissues.

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Can you make pellets from grass? ›

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What is wood made of sawdust called? ›

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Can sawdust be used as fuel? ›

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How polluting are wood pellets? ›

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Why wood pellets are not sustainable? ›

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Should wood pellets be soaked in water? ›

Do I need to soak wood pellets? No. Wood pellets do NOT need moisture. Soaking them in water or any other liquid causes them to disintegrate because wood pellets are made from compressed sawdust.

How do I get more smoke out of my pellets? ›

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How do you improve pellet quality? ›

In addition to increasing conditioning temperature, pellet quality can potentially be improved by increasing the amount of time feed particles are exposed to the conditioning process, which would allow moisture more time to penetrate the feed particles.

How do you make your own pellets? ›

To make wood pellets, you need to prepare the ready wood sawdust, size 3-5mm, moisture 10-15%. And feed the sawdust into the pellet machine, the pellet machine will press the sawdust inside the pelletizing room, the final pellets will press out from the pellet machine ring die holes.

How do you make homemade food pellets? ›

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Are wood pellets good for soil? ›

The pellets will provide the soil with 0.5 to 1% of nitrogen nutrients. You should take this into account when planning to use fertiliser. As a wood-based fertiliser reduces potassium levels, you will also need to add about 20 grams of potassium fertiliser per square metre of scattered pellets.

Do pellets last longer than wood chips? ›

With pellets, you will get smoke for typically four times longer than with wood chips. While hot smoking using the heat from the gas burners to cook brisket and ribs etc is many peoples first thoughts for smoking on their gas grill, don't let that be your only experiment.

Which is better wood chips or pellets? ›

In almost all smoking scenarios, wood pellets are superior to wood chips because they burn drier and slower, which means better temperature control and greater efficiency. They also produce enhanced flavor.

What are disadvantages to using wood pellets as fuel? ›

The main disadvantage of using pellets to heat your home is they rely on electricity to operate some of the components. The amount of electricity they use is minimal, but this can become a problem where an electrical supply is not available, or in a power outage.

What is the cost of 1 ton of wood pellets? ›

Prices can vary depending on the quality and the types of wood pellets available. A 40-pound bag of wood pellet fuel costs between $4 to $9. You can also purchase wood pellets in bulk, which will save you money in the long run. For one ton of pellet stoves, you should expect to pay in the range of $250 to $380.

How many bags of pellets do you get in a ton? ›

How much is a ton of wood pellets? A standard 1 Ton pallet contains fifty(50) 40 lb bags of fuel pellets.

How many bags of pellets make a ton? ›

A ton of wood pellets comes on a pallet or skid, and includes 50, 40 lb bags. This means 100 to 150 bags of pellets or 2 to 3 pallets of pellets each year. A ton of wood pellets comes on a pallet or skid, and includes 50, 40 lb bags.

How much is a ton of pellets worth? ›

Wood Pellet Prices per Ton

Typical bulk orders for wood pellets are by the ton. A single ton of wood pellets (equivalent to 50 40-pound bags) costs $250 on average. Depending on the type of pellet fuel, however, you could spend up to $380 per ton—or $480 if you need delivery.

How many pellets can I smoke for 12 hours? ›

Most pellet grills will burn between one to three pounds of pellets per hour, depending on the set temperature and the grill's make and model. That means a 20-pound bag of pellets should last you anywhere from six to 20-hours, give or take.

Can a pellet stove heat an entire house? ›

Pellet stoves are not designed to heat your entire home, instead they are room/zone heating appliances to provide heat to the immediate area in which they are located.

How many cords of wood does a ton of pellets equal? ›

You can estimate how much fuel you will need for a heating season by noting that one ton of pellets is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cords of firewood. Many homeowners who use a pellet stove as a main source of heat use two to three tons of pellet fuel per year.

How long will a 40-lb bag of wood pellets burn? ›

Q: How long does one bag of pellets last? A: According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, a 40-lb bag of pellet fuel can provide up to 24 hours of solid heat. A winter's supply of wood pellets is about 100-150 bags—depending on climatic and lifestyle variations.

Is pellets cheaper than oil? ›

Prices for pellet and oil heating vary by year and location, but in general, heating with pellets costs less than heating with oil.

How much electricity does it cost to run a pellet stove? ›

Cost of Heating a Home with a Pellet Stove

For most homes, the average monthly cost of pellets will range from $25 to $35 per month when using the stove. The stove will also need some electricity, but this will only run about $9 per month, on average.

Are wood pellets tax deductible? ›

What is the Wood and Pellet Heater 25(D) Tax Credit? Since January 2021, American consumers buying highly efficient wood or pellet stoves, or larger residential biomass-fueled heating systems will be able to claim a 26% tax credit that is uncapped and based on the full cost (purchase and installation) of the unit.


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