Cleaner-burning wood pellets are produced from waste products such as lumber mill sawdust, and chips or scraps left over from lumbering or tree thinning.
According to National Geographic, while
many Americans are bracing for high heating bills this year, some New England families
are reducing their costly household oil or gas dependence by turning to a
traditional fuel with newfound popularity: wood. More than 20% of New England
households that use heating oil - which is the primary heating source in this
region - also use wood as a source of heat, said U.S. Energy Information
Administration analyst Chip Berry, about twice the national rate.
Many wood users
simply burn firewood or wood scraps, and about half of them save money by
cutting the wood themselves. Only about 6% of America’s wood-burning households
use pellets, according to EIA stats. But pellets have some environmental
advantages over firewood - cleaner-burning pellets are produced from waste
products such as lumber mill sawdust, and chips or scraps left over from
lumbering or tree thinning.
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U.S. demand for wood pellets rises in some regions to combat high heating bills
October 31, 2012