What are wood pellets?

Wood pellets are a renewable, clean-burning and cost stable home heating and grilling fuel currently used throughout North America. Pellet fuel is made of renewable materials – generally recycled wood residues captured from other wood product manufacturing processes. There are approximately 1,000,000 homes in the U.S. using wood pellets for heat in freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, furnaces, grills, and boilers. Pellet fuels are also used to heat larger facilities including schools, hospitals, and businesses. Wood pellets are produced in manufacturing sites across Canada and the United States and are available for purchase at hearth and home retailers, farm and ranch stores, feed, and garden supply outlets and discount merchandisers. Wood pellets are also used as fuel for electric power production and as an absorbent for industrial purposes and animal care. 

The Benefits of Membership

With nearly 40 years of continued advocacy, PFI has contributed greatly to the expansion of wood pellet use and has been instrumental in driving the industry towards increased quality and equal and fair treatment in energy policy and regulation. PFI is committed to growing the domestic pellet market so that its members can continue to contribute to the economies of the communities where they operate. PFI members enjoy direct access to the industry’s best information regarding quality pellet production, market dynamics and important and ongoing policy and regulatory matters. Become a member today and help PFI raise awareness of the pellet industry.

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The Value of Wood Pellet Production

Wood pellet manufacturing plays a vital role in the broader forest products industry. Wood residues are an inevitable by-product of the production of virtually every product made from wood. Demand for these residues from wood pellet producers adds important revenue streams to the producers of these products and ensures that all of the value of harvested wood is captured. Wood pellets provide a clean, renewable heating fuel option for consumers reducing the dependence on fossil fuels while simultaneously contributing an economic benefit to local economies. Wood pellet manufacturing puts people to work in rural communities all across the country.

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