Wood Pellets Production

Portable Pellet Mills

Nowadays, small portable pellet mills are becoming more common than before. Many people are interested in small portable pellet mills to produce not only their own fuel, but additional pellets to sell back into the local community. Pellets bring in this new dimension to home heating that has not existed since we moved away from using local timber logs to heat our homes and businesses. However it is also important to remember, where logs simply took advantage of local wood resources, pellets can take advantage of a much wider range of local biomass resources. For example, let’s say there was very little local available wood resources, but a large volume of agricultural waste such as corn cobs and corn stalks. These resources which currently have very little value and use could be processed locally with small portable pellet mills into fuel pellets. There are multiple benefits from this. It generates a use for the waste from corn production, and generates another income for the farmer. It also means food and fuels are kept separate; in fact it could even reduce the cost of corn for food. It also means a local community would be supporting its own economy and import less foreign oil and reduces heating costs.


Pellet Mill Sale and Wood Pellet Making


At BiofuelTech we promote a range of pellet production equipment, including small portable pellet mills. Please visit the BiofuelTech website to learn more.


Pellet Mills For Home Use and Biomass


The most common design of small portable pellet mills used for the home is the flat die pellet mill. It uses a very simple design which has existed since the beginning of the 20th century when pellet production first began. The advantage of the flat die design, particularly form a small pellet mill for home use is the fact is has very few components, and a much lower weight than other designs of pellet mill, making the units much more portable. These small portable pellet mills have been used for decades by farmers to produce feed pellets for their animals. However now more purposes designed portable pellet mills are being produced to process wood and biomass into fuel pellets. We promote a range of purpose designed biomass portable pellet mills on our website.


Pellet Mill Equipment and Fuel Pellets


There are various processes required in pellet production. As well as the pellet mills, the material must have a particle size below 6mm and an average moisture content of 15% to produce strong durable pellets. To reduce the biomass down to 6mm, a chipper and then a hammer mill will be used. To dry the raw material down to 15 percent moisture, either a pipe dryer or rotary drum dryer will be used. After the pellet mill the dryer is the most expensive piece of equipment, it is also the second most energy intensive process. Therefore it can save a significant amount of money in equipment and running costs if a dryer is not required. Straws and grasses are generally dry.