Saturday, October 17, 2015
Softwood pellet rant (Softwood versus Hardwood)
Whatever the case softwood pellets typically have higher BTU content then hardwood pellets, and this results in a higher value per bag. I would encourage you to give soft wood pellets a shot in your stove, and I think you will be very pleased. At this point the only reason I burn hardwood is to review it, and I also use hardwood in my wood pellet Grill. I have observed up to 5 to 10 hours more burn time (stove set to low) out of a bag of high-quality soft wood pellets that I get from many of the hardwood pellets I have burned.
Here in Pennsylvania there are some downs sides to soft wood. Since most pellet mills in the state produce hard wood pellets, so when you find softwood here it typically comes from Canada, New England or the south. The thing about a ton of pellets is that they weigh a ton (profound thought of the day). The result is that shipping costs are a significant factor in pricing, so in my area soft wood pellets can cost more than hard wood. The flip side to this is in many parts of the country they are cheaper.
An other small consideration is for whatever reason soft wood pellets come in bags with small holes for breathing, most hard would pellets are in sealed bags. This becomes and issue if you are storing a lot of pellets in a damp area over the summer. The will become a bit bloated and create more fines. I usually have a mix of pellets, and always burn the soft wood first.