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What is biomass fuel?

Cordwood, wood pellets, wood chips, waste paper, along with dozens of other agricultural products and by-products capable of being used for energy, are all examples of biomass fuelBiomass fuels are gaining increased attention because of skyrocketing oil prices, US dependence on foreign oil, and concern over greenhouse gases caused by fossil fuels.  The most compelling principle of biomass fuel is that it is renewable. Wood, the most renewable and available alternative energy, burns the same amount of carbon it would emit if it degraded naturally.  Using a biomass fuel appliance versus a fossil fuel appliance to heat your home reduces the amount of harmful emissions released into the environment and in turn reduces your carbon footprint. 

What are Pellets?
Pellets are a type of wood fuel generally made from compacted sawdust.  They are usually produced as a byproduct of  "Sawmill" sawmilling and other wood transformation activities. The pellets are extremely dense and can be produced with a low humidity content that allows them to be burned with a very high combustion efficiency.  Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost stable home heating alternative currently used throughout throughout the world. It is a biomass product made of renewable substances – generally recycled wood waste.  Turing wood waste (and other biomass, like shelled corn, cherry pits and wheat hulls) into energy dense fuel results in less waste being heaped onto landfills, offering consumers a way of turning waste into renewable energy.         

Comparing Costs
How much money can you save burning a biomass fuel like pellets versus a fossil fuel like LP Gas / Propane?  A normal average family will only use about 3 tons of pellets during the winter months.  The annual fuel cost of burning 3 tons of pellets is $600.00(assuming each ton cost $200.00), the annual cost of Propane is $1843.50 (assuming each gallon cost $2.69).  The average family in this scenario will save $1243.50 a year heating with wood pellets. 
Interested in finding out how much you will save heating with a biomass fuel? Use the Fuel Cost Comparison Calculator below.  To use this form simply enter the costs of the various fuels in your region.  The form is prefilled with typical values for the Northeast United States.

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