Many people believe that because hardwood was
always burned in woodstoves and fireplaces that it must be better. This isn't
the case with fuel pellets. A softwood pellet will produce more BTUs (10-20%)
per pound than most hardwood species and create a lighter ash.
This is due to the slightly higher level of resins in most softwoods. Whether hardwood or softwood; once pelletized, there is negligible difference in the benefits of one over the other. Your greatest concern should be to purchase the best quality wood pellet from an ash content perspective in your area. Refer to our latest test results for
hardwood/softwood blend and
Our Big Heat Fuel pellet will be softwood, hardwood, or a blend of the two based on which plant it is produced. All of our pellets are of clean wood, no bark and consist of very low ash content and significant BTU.
A Yellow Pine (Big Heat) fuel pellet will create, on
average, 9600 BTUs per pound. A White Oak hardwood pellet produces an average
of 8900 BTUs per pound.