Biomass pellets can be made from barley straw, sawdust, switchgrass, bark, logging leftovers among others. Places that you can find biomass pellets being used are homes and commercial settings.
Instead of using wood-fired equipment people can decide to use pellet stoves and boilers when using biomass pellets.
In some cases, instead of waiting for the waste products of farms, energy crops can be grown for making pellets and they include 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. There is also growing demand for this biomass pellets and production needs to increase to meet that demand. Homeowners who want to make their own biomass pellet can do so using equipment that is suitable for home use.
Making biomass pellets at home requires extra time to do this task and others may not have this time.
The advantages of using biomass pellet are that they’re 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. Good quality pellets also leave a small amount of ash after burning. 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. The ash content of premium pellets is less than 1% and this is the most common in the market. The percentage of ash for standard pellets is close to 2% or slightly more.
Biomass pellet stoves are used for special biomass pellets that are not made from wood because wood normally clumps when used in these stoves. Before packaging, the process of making biomass pellets includes feedstock grinding, moisture control, cooling, and extrusion.
Precision is required when making the biomass pellet so that one can come up with a high-quality pellet.
Some of the other materials that can be used for making biomass pellets are waste paper, cordwood, residual forest waste, cornstalks and other agricultural by-products.
Manufacturers make biomass pellets that are uniform in shape, moisture, size, energy content, and density. The small size of biomass pellets makes them easy to transport and store in a home or business. A business or home can have a lot of energy stored in their home or business despite the small size of the pellets.