With a pellet mill you may be able to make your own stove pellets. This guide is about making your own wood pellets.
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What is the psi required to compress dry sawdust into pellets for my stove? Also, to what temperature should the sawdust be heated?
Rufas from Saskatchewan, Canada
Please use small flat die mill to make sawdust pellets.
Does anyone know how to make handmade pellets? Not exactly like what a pellet machine can do, but something similar that I don't have to use a machine? I have tons of leaves and no money to buy a pellet machine at the cost of over $4,000. Any homemade suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It doesn't have to be perfect, just has to work. Please advise.
I found a great link. 3 videos 1st one should be just what you are looking for. Hope it helps, I will build the double lever soon.
How do you make pellets out of shredded paper for a pellet stove? We have a new Englander pellet stove and just purchased a Stak pellet mill and are trying to make pellets from shredded paper. When we put paper into the hopper it shreds the paper to dust. Please help. We are not sure what we're doing wrong.
By Patricia Eldridge11/01/2011
Here's a link to a site that has instructions for making pellets out of paper. One of the things it says is to not use an office paper shredder because the paper pieces will not be small enough. Maybe a cross-cut shredder will work. http://www.ehow.com/how_6739797_make-pellet-fuel-out-paper.html
I want to know if there is a way to make wood pellets out of scrap wood from my wood shop.
Are pellets made from sawdust (cherry, oak, walnut) and newspaper safe for use in a BBQ grill?
Is there a cheap way of grinding up old boards so they will fit in a pellet stove to burn?
Tracy from ME
By mark mathias07/19/2007
Yeah, this isnt a way to save $. Would probably just burn up your house/stove.
Sometimes you can get discounts if you buy a whole pallet of the pellets.
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I am in the construction industry, the sites I work on have a lot of scrap lumber. Can I take the 1x6, 2x4 and bigger scraps and convert them to wood pellets? I am not talking about plywood as the glue is toxic, just your kiln dried lumber for walls and such.
James from Canada
I was wondering if anyone knew if you could make homemade pellets out of newspaper that you could use in a wood pellet stove. We just purchased one, and we always have a lot of newspapers around because my boys do a route. I didn't know if you could possibly burn them somehow in the pellet stove. Any info would be appreciated.
Lynn from Cohocton, N.Y.
By Linda W.
By Randy L.
There are other ways to use old newspapers such as for bedding for animals and as mulch for the garden. But, putting it in a recycle bin is easier. (12/21/2005)
By Robert M.
The info below can be found on Greenshop (or google paper fire log maker) Also found some for sale on e bay - these clever beasties turn soaked paper etc into logs / bricks to burn - can use sawdust, coffee grounds etc. Not cheap @ £29 (UK) but will pay for itself - Ive got one on my wish list !!
Try joining your local "freecycle" site and asking other members if they have one they no longer want (site worth joining anyway)
Meanwhile if anyone can advise how to squeeze soggy paper into "logs" a cheaper way I would also love to hear it - hope the info below is useful;
The Famous Log Maker - Our famous original log maker recycles your newspapers and turns them into 'bricks' to burn on the fire! Soak the paper in water, squidge into the logmaker and squeeze down the handles. Remove brick and leave to dry out. Bricks will burn for up to an hour. Made in the U.K. Size: 30 x 12 x 16cm Bricks: 22 x 8 x 6cm Price: £29.95 (03/16/2006)
I have seen them being sold for 8 times that amount in the USA, and apparently they sell well (you can see them on www.PelletPros.com). If anyone is interested to team together to import a container load for home use, please let me know. I should declare an interest as the person who runs www.PelletBase.com, but I have been trying to think up ways to get the gadgets into the UK at a decent price :-) (06/26/2007)
By David S.
By Bob B.
I would rather make my own and save the money and get a chipper to run the chips in pelletpros model pp220 that makes 200lbs of pellets in an hour so in 15 hours I could have 3 tons of pellets just enough pellets to go a full year heating my house, I don't know of anyone who can cut, split, and stack a whole years worth of fire wood in 15 hours and if they did they would be in a hospital getting back surgery.
I guess that a pellet stove that gets nearly 15 to 25% better efficiency than comparable wood stoves. I'm jumping aboard the pellet stove wagon. (11/14/2007)
By L Oliver
This eliminates the compression factor of producing pellets and assures that the pellets/plugs going into your pellet stove are hardwood.
Someone may ask, why bother when you can directly burn this wood in a wood burning stove, but I am only thinking of the convenience of not having to feed a pellet stove as often as a wood burning stove through out a long winter!
These wafer size pieces can be produced using a cord wood circular saw. The only drawback is the waste that is involved and also labor so you have to weigh these factors also. In other words, is it worth the effort just for the sake of convenience? (12/06/2007)
By Earl R.
I have a country hearth corn/pellet stove which is very versatile. I burn corn in mine and it works just great. The corn prices has tripled, I paid $1.89 three seasons ago and it is now $5.46 a bushel, therefore, if the fuel does not bind up the auger, and burn up the auger motor, or clogs up the fire pot and makes large clinkers then I would not not worry about what type of bio fuel I burned as long as the high or low heat sensors kick in and supply the proper air to fuel mixture.
Some have even tested inexpensive dry dog food, but I haven't seen any of the sort. (03/05/2008)
By Matt D.
By Dustin L.
By Jason R
Your paper pellets are gonna go poof and the combustion fan is going to blow it all around. Your leaves are gonna crackle and pop, hence forth putting out your fire the same way they use dynamite to put out oil well fires. You also have the factor of burning clean and not gunking up your sensors which will happen if you use pine for pellets since it's so sappy and turns to creosote when burned which promotes chimney fires.
I'm far from a pro, but I feel I gave some solid reasons as to not burn more than corn or hardwood in your stove. Hope this helps and saves people some wasted time and effort. (11/04/2008)
By Dustin L.
I've had so much interest in the community I've ordered several for re-sale. I am not a big business, just a normal guy that wanted to bypass the middle man and maybe make a few bucks at the same time while helping what I consider to be a good cause in helping others and the environment.
If you are interested in purchasing one, contact me at email@example.com. I will have several machines in stock at about the first of the year but they go fast. Thanks. (11/28/2008)
The Furnace is made by USSC company. America Harvest 6220. My wife and kids enjoy the warmth. They also hold about 250 lbs. of corn/pellets in the hopper. I had a problem with the control panel on the one stove, I called the company about the problem. After a few brief questions what the display did with certain key-strokes they said they would send a replacement board. They did and I installed with no issue's and it's be working fine since. Very pleased Customer. (12/26/2008)
By J.R. Crowder
It is possible to produce wood pellets on small-scale pellet mills as there are many European pellet mill manufactures producing small-scale set-ups. For more information on how it all works visit: www.woodpelletmill.com John (02/27/2009)