The Process of Making Both Corn and Wood Pellets

Wood Pellets

–       Wood pellets created form the sawdust of trees

–       Created as a bi-product in sawmills

–       Created with a low humidity causing them to have an extremely high combustion temperature best when in between 5-15 percent humidity, depends on your raw material(New England, 2)

–       No need to have additives, wood has both resins and binders to keep the pellets together and burn as one such as lignin which is a natural resource in wood(New England, 2)

–       In order to make good pellets the starting pieces need to be less then ¼ of and inch big

–       First the raw fibers must be heated by steam and pressurized to be put into the Pelletzer

–       Once they are heated up

–       87% average efficiency per pound burned of wood pellets(Pelheat, 1)

Corn

–       More ash and maintance with corn pellets.

–       Must add some kind of addative when creating Corn pellets because there is no natural

binder inside corn.(Pelheat)

–       An addative can be a veriety of items added to the pelleter including: Clay, startch,

vegtable oil, wax or cooking oil.(Pelheat)

–       Corn is only 82% efficient  per pound of corn pellets burned(Pelheat)

Equipment

–      When commercially created pellets require big machinery including: Hammer Mills, Dryers, Pelletier’s, coolers, baggers and boilers.