Pellets in Los Angeles?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by superhero1219, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. superhero1219

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    Hello everyone!

    I know this sounds like an odd question - why would someone in California need wood pellets? While I don't have a pellet stove, I do have 8 very cute (and smelly) bunny rabbits!! I've been reading up on the best litter to use and a few people have suggested wood stove pellets. The problem is, I can't seem to find any in the area. I'm throwing up a hail mary - do any of you have any suggestions as to where I should look? I'd prefer an actual location as opposed to an online retailer due to the weight - I assume having them shipped would be very costly. If any of you have any suggestions, we're all ears (and there are a lot of ears over here).

    Thanks :)
     

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    Many pet or farm supply type of stores offer pellets as animal bedding. I think they are slightly different from what the folks here are burning. Trying a few phone calls in your area may be helpful.
     
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    My bags of Hamer's Hot Ones go as far as to say they are not to be used for animal bedding. I'm not sure about the Energex bags. I'm not exactly sure why you can't use them.
     
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    Same here---many bags warn against using for pets.
     
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    The pellets used for animal bedding is different.
    Do an online search for animal/pellet bedding,
    or look in your local yellow pages under pet supplies.
     
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    So if these pellets are just compressed dried sawdust held together by the natural resins in the wood, why would you not be able to use them?
     
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    animal bedding is often certified free of maple, cherry, (and I think oak) because it can be toxic if eaten.

    Horses shouldn't even stand on black walnut shavings. or shavings that have even a small percentage of black walnut in them.
     
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    Wow. I learned something new today. I'm telling my boss I have reached capacity and need to go home and watch the Masters. Thanks Billb
     
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    I think the real danger lies in the potential use of them in the stove afterward.
     
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    I read somewhere that if the wood is kiln-dried at high temps (like 380 deg) then all of the aromatic oils that are toxic are burned off and whatever is left over is squeezed out when they're compressed into pellets. If that's the case, I don't know why you wouldn't be able to use any pellet that's been dried at high temps... :question:
     
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    I can't answer your question, but I can tell you my thought process. It is in the best interest of the pellet mills to sell their product to as many people as possible. More sales = more profit. There must be some specific reason why they go out of their way to tell you not to use their product for animals. They wouldn't print that disclaimer, otherwise.
     
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