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Hardwood & Softwood- Wood pellet BTU’s are determined by the moisture content and raw material with its inherent lignin/resin content. Generally speaking softwood pellet fuel can be dried to lower moisture levels and typically has considerably more natural lignin/resin than hardwood fuels. This results in a hotter, cleaner and longer burn. Many customers burn a lower cost hardwood pellet in the spring and fall and a hotter softwood pellet during the cold months of the season.

As Received vs. Dry Basis BTU’s- All of our wood pellet fuels advertised BTU’s are based on BTU’s ‘As Received’. This is the actual BTU output based on wood species and moisture content. Do note that some wood pellet manufacturers and retailers advertise their BTU readings on ‘Dry Basis’. This number is the BTU rating as if there was zero moisture in the raw material. Currently it is impossible to manufacturer a wood pellet when the raw material is dried down to zero percent moisture content. Lab reports simply show ‘Dry Basis’ numbers based on what that wood species is “capable” of with no moisture. When comparing wood pellet fuel, make sure you are asking and looking at BTU’s ‘As Received’ because that’s what you will be receiving in your bag of pellets.

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