Choosing Wood Pellets for a Pellet Stove

If you have recently purchased a pellet burning stove you may be wondering how to choose the right wood pellets to burn. There are a few guidelines you should be aware when choosing wood pellets that will save you money in the long run. 


The first thing you should be looking for when purchasing wood pellets is what the pellets are made of. The smartest choice is to buy wood pellets that are all wood. That means the pellets should not contain any other by product such as cardboard or bark.


In general, you want to choose pellets that are shorter in length. Shorter pellets feed more fuel into the fire. 

Moisture Content

Choose wood pellets with less than 10% moisture content for best burning results.

Soft or Hard

When choosing between soft or hard wood pellets, softer is better. This type will produce more heat, which is ultimately more efficient. 


In general, the higher the BTU’s per pound, the higher the heating content.


Also look for ash content, the lower the level, the higher the quality of ash.

The bottom line is that you want a product that will output a high level of heat at a minimum level of maintenance burn.