Hi, I’m Chris, and I’ve been interested in making, burning, and the various uses for pellets since 2007. Today, I spent a lot of time reviewing the specs/features of wood pellet grills and smokers.
When I first started to look into wood pellets, it was as a cheaper way to heat our home instead of using oil. However, I then started to get more interested in the process of how to make wood pellets.
The only small-scale equipment at the time I could get my hands on was manufactured in China. So along with my father, we decided to import a small pellet mill and a hammer mill to learn how to make wood pellets.
We learnt a lot about what did work and, most importantly, what didn’t. We eventually re-engineered the Chinese equipment into a mobile pellet machine with a more efficient/modern diesel engine and many other improvements.
It wasn’t just wood pellets we were interested in, but biomass pellets made from grasses, straws and energy crops. In 2008 the small mobile pellet machine was featured in the leading national farmer’s magazine, Farmers Weekly.
This small mobile pellet machine taught us a lot about the process of making various biomass pellets. Unfortunately, after several years of development, it wasn’t possible to re-engineer the base Chinese equipment into a suitably reliable market-ready product that I was happy with.
To continue my work, I put my efforts into educating others on the pellet production process and marketing pellet production equipment which I felt was of suitable quality and reliability. My work was also featured in several articles by Biomass Magazine.
What About PelHeat.com Today?
After over a decade of marketing and promoting pellet mills and plants to make wood pellets, PelHeat.com is now just a blog of my favourite niche of pellets, pellet grills and smokers.
Hence, I’m no longer selling or promoting any pellet mills or plants for making pellets.
I hope you find my posts/articles on pellet grills and smokers useful!
Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.
Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.
A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.
In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.