How To Make Wood Pellets

Hi, I’m Chris. I’ve been interested in making, burning and the various uses for wood pellets since 2007. I first started to look into wood pellets 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 from China. So along with my father, we decided to import a small pellet mill and a hammer mill to learn more.

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 and 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.

Mobile Pellet Machine
Farmers Weekly magazine article from back in 2008 on our mobile pellet machine.

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.

Biomass Magazine guides
An extract from the Biomass Magazine article on my pellet production guides.

What about PelHeat.com Today?

After over a decade marketing and promoting pellet mill and plants, I’m now in the process of turning PelHeat.com into a free resource of posts and articles on making, burning and the various uses for wood pellets. In some posts, I will discuss the pros and cons of various products and equipment. However, I’m no longer selling or promoting any specific equipment. The website will be a reflection of my experiences to hopefully educate others about the vast and varied world or wood pellets!

I hope you find the information in my posts useful.

Thanks, Chris.