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Has anyone tried burning wood pellets in a gasser?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by Gasifier, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I can't remember if I have asked this question before or not. ;lol I know we have talked in the boiler room about other fuel options for gassers, like the bricks, wood chips, etc.

    But I recently bought a wood pellet stove for my camp to keep the electricity from turning on. It is working great and I really like it.

    So I have considered placing some wood pellets in my gasser for an extra charge of BTUs when things get really cold. I was thinking of filling a half gallon cardboard milk container with pellets and placing them on top of a good supply of medium size splits. This would help to contain the pellets until they get down to the coal bed.

    What do you think?

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  2. shoeboxlen

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    I have pondered the pellet thing myself have a friend who burns Emma maybe I can bum a shopping bag full to try before I Buy
  3. mr.fixit

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    I burn sawdust and wood shavings from the wood shop all the time.
    I do just like you said,I have a good coal bed and a few real wood splits then put the sawdust in on top in a cardboard box or paper sack.
    It works good and burns great.
    Now I just need to come up with a way to easily package all of the sawdust I make into a burnable,inexpensive package that will fit in the boiler door. I run out of cardboard boxes and paper sacks fast.
  4. Briquetmaker

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    I have been burning my own brand of pellets for a couple of years. I make them with the sawdust from my shop. They burn very hot. Best to get a nice bed of coals and mix with some splits. Burning them alone in a gasser, they do not last long but they will keep your fire cranking.

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    very cool how do u make them could u use left over from processing fire wood bark, small twigs and such ? maybe put threw a grinder first thanks very good
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    I purchased one of these to get rid of my sawdust. Paid New England Wood Pellet to bring trailers in to take the dust. Too much of a hassle. I think if you were grinding you could use bark and twigs.

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    do u sell them maybe I could pick them up seems like easy than fire wood I haul1 trailer 12x7 x5 of trash from splitting every 2 weeks if I split 20 cord ill have 1.5 -2 k of trash that's a lot to throw away
  8. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Interesting stuff guys. I think I have seen a past post of your briquettes. What do you make in your shop? Cabinets? Furniture? Finished wood? That is great that you can use that sawdust up to supply heat for you and yours.
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    I did think of selling them but it turns out I need all I make. 60 - 55gal drums for the heating season.
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  11. JTWALL

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    I played with some numbers to compare burning pellets versus firewood. Of course, there are many variables, but I was looking for a ballpark number. Please check my numbers and reasoning.
    BTUs in a pellets: 8,400 per pound
    BTUs in one face cord of firewood: 7.5 million
    7.5 million / 8,400 = 892 pounds of pellets
    892 / 40 pounds per bag = 22 bags of pellets
    22 x $4.59 = $100.98 This does not include taxes, hauling, etc. Nothing is free, not even firewood!
    Checking Craigslist, I see firewood is ranging from $50 - $65 per face.
    Using this as an average, (and using highest firewood cost), pellets are 35% more expensive for the same heat output.
    Again, this is "ballpark".
    The cost differential convinces me to stay with my gasser and firewood.
    Before I purchased the Eko, I looked at a used pellet-fired boiler. The amount of pellets that unit consumed each day was frightening, even back then when pellets were $2.00.bag!
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  12. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    8400 BTUs per pound for pellets. How many BTUs per pound of firewood? Like White Ash that I burn?

    I am not even considering switching to burning pellets. They are handy, but I have wood right on my land around my house. Just have to cut it. I was just thinking that pellets may be a good charge of BTUs when things get real cold. As far as the space they would take up in the burn chamber.

    So on a per pound basis. Or space they would take up. How would the BTUs compare?
  13. JTWALL

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    I checked a few sites on the web; the BTU content for firewood (per pound) is the same as pellets. Makes sense since they are both wood products.
    There are too many variables to come up with a one-size-fits-all. If you have your own land (like I do), it only makes sense to harvest and use what you have. If an individual has a lot of waste product (as above) and they have the means to make pellets, then that would be more efficient.

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