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Author Topic: Pelletts anyone?  (Read 739 times)

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Offline mmtrees

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Pelletts anyone?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:39:08 AM »
Does anyone make wood pellets for stoves or smokers/BBQ's?

I would like to know if anyone takes their shavings from their workshop and makes them into BBQ pellet smokers?

Does anyone know of any small machines that can do this?

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Re: Pelletts anyone?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 08:46:11 AM »
there are a ton online.  many of the cheaper ones are made in china.  many are electric or 3 point pto driven.  I think for random wood shavings, might be nice for a pellet stove for heating, but some wood is good for grilling/smoking.
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Re: Pelletts anyone?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 09:18:23 AM »
There's been more than a few discussions on pellets.  Here's one:

http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=97859.msg1514596#msg1514596

You may want to search out some of the others.  

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Re: Pelletts anyone?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2019, 09:28:42 AM »
The folks that do really well with pellets are the ones that sell the machines/presses.  The users, not so much.  ::)
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Re: Pelletts anyone?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 02:13:30 PM »
Exactly what Magicman said, the cheap, small, Chinese ones won't make a good product, or won't make any product. The million dollar units cost too much to own and operate to be successful without subsidies. 

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Re: Pelletts anyone?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2019, 06:28:46 PM »
I am looking into the same thing currently for the pellet furnaces. From what I have read so far the saw dust would have to be pretty fine something like what comes off a band mill. Any size much bigger would need run through a hammer mill. That being said I can buy 40 lbs bags for $4 to $5 at the local big box stores and running anything other the fine dust would take up a lot of time and extra effort. Also the packaging would take a lot of time and effort. My guess would be that you would have to do alot of volume to get a return on your investment. I did find a company called Buskirk Engineering that makes smaller units that are Made in USA. They have a video on you tube that explains how there machines work and what goes into making good pellets that don't crumble.
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