Wood pellets catching on

Estcourt, George
August 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p29
The article discusses the production of wood pellets in New Zealand. Green sawdust or dry shavings are the most common feedstock for the pelletizing process, so most of the wood pellets produced in the country rely on sawmills to supply their raw material. The manufacturing process for pellet requires a low moisture content of feedstock to create a high quality product. Green sawdust is around 50 percent moisture content and needs to be taken down to 10 percent before pelletizing. The wood pellets are poured into the back of the wood pellet stove, most of which have an auto ignition system and timers installed, where they are stored and fed into the combustion area.


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