Not sure if I posted these yet, but here is a little preview of my recent tour of New England Wood Pellets. A full article and tour will be created when I have some extra time. One pic is of the bridge that trucks pull onto - the bridge then rises up and dumps the sawdust. The other is perhaps the most impressive piece of equipment in the plant - a 60 foot long spinning dryer! The sawdust is tumbled in this along with very hot air which is created by burning 15% of the input! In other words, 15% of all the sawdust brought into the plant is used to dry the other 85%. The blue machine is one of the actual Pellet Mills. If you look near the bottom of that pic, you will see the rectangular conveyor (partially covered with sheet metal) that takes the pellets away. As you will see when I post the full article, making Pellets is not something that can be done easily nor on the cheap. In fact, it could be considered even more difficult than stove production, since there is less history and resources avaialble. The crew at New England Pellet are constantly inventing their own processes and machines in order to streamline the production. No doubt that eventually such a plant will run with 10 people or so as the total staff......but it will cost $$ to get it that way.