Tired of high heating costs?
Since 1990, Ferguson’s Energy Systems of Frankville, Ont. has been helping homeowners save money on their home heating costs. Wood Pellets have become a popular form of heat, because they are environmentally friendly, extremely clean burning, and cost-effective.
At Ferguson’s Energy Systems, our mission is to offer our customers a superior Wood Pellet and Delivery Service… Right off our trucks and into your garage, shed, barn, around back, or at the end of your laneway. NO RE-PILING NEEDED. The Choice Is Yours!
By taking advantage of our “Early Buy Program”, you will have a peace of mind that your winter fuel will be available, and at a reasonable price. Your Wood Pellets can be stored at NO additional charge, until YOU call us for delivery… Or beat the fall rush by taking advantage of an early delivery, our trucks are on the road all year round!
Hardwood VS Softwood
Wood pellets are available in either hardwood or softwood.
One would think that hardwood would give more heat than softwood, however, Once sawdust is compressed into a pellet it is proven to have comparable heat. Hardwood has less ash than softwood, sometimes as much as three times less ash.
A hardwood pellet can produce clinkers, requiring the Pellet Stove owner to give the fire pot a poke ever so often (as one would do with a wood Pellet Stove).
A softwood pellet does produce more ash than hardwood, the ash is a fluffy ash and may contain less clinkers, therefore, poking/stirring up the fire pot is not as necessary. Using a softwood pellet, which produces more ash, requires the Pellet Stove owner to shut down and clean his Pellet Stove more often, than if using a hardwood pellet, with less ash.
What Are Wood Pellets?
Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost stable home heating alternative, currently used throughout North America. It is a biomass product made of renewable substances (generally recycled wood waste). There are approximately 1,000,000 homes in the U.S. using wood pellets for heat, in freestanding pellet stoves, fireplace inserts, furnaces and boilers. Pellet fuel for heating can also be found in such large-scale environments as schools.
North American pellets are produced in manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States.
In short, pellet fuel is a way to divert millions of tons of waste from landfills and turn it into energy.
Wood pellets are priced per bag, or by the ton (50 bags), at 40 lbs per bag. At Ferguson’s, a full skid of wood pellets is 75 bags (1.5ton), measuring 4 feet by 4 feet, and 6 feet in height.
What is Biofuel?
Cordwood, wood pellets, wood chips, waste paper, along with dozens of other agricultural products and by-products capable of being used for energy, are all examples of biomass fuel. The most compelling principle of biomass is that it is renewable. The remarkable consistency and burn efficiency of pellet fuel produces a fraction of the particulate emissions of raw biomass. Pellet burners feature the lowest particulate matter emissions of all solid fuels burners. Given the proper Sustainable Forest Initiatives and agricultural management, biomass is virtually limitless, and has proven to be price stable in comparison with fossil fuels.
The majority of North America’s forest is second-growth, and requires periodic treatment in order to address forest health and fire mitigation. A tremendous amount of unusable material remains on the forest floor after such treatment. This material is rejected by high-end wood product manufacturers but is a perfect resource for commercial pellet manufacturers.
By engineering crops and waste such as cornstalks, straw, and residual forest waste, pellets can utilize millions of tons of waste and put them to work.
Many pellet manufacturers take by-products (like wood waste) and refine them into pencil-sized pellets that are uniform in size, shape, moisture, density and energy content. Why not simply burn raw biomass? First, the moisture content of pellets is substantially lower (4% to 8% water–compared to 20% to 60% for raw biomass). Less moisture means higher BTU value and easier handling especially in freezing situations with green raw biomass materials. Second, the density of pellet fuel is substantially higher than raw biomass (40 lbs. per cubic foot verses 10-25 lbs. per cubic foot in raw material form). More fuel can be transported in a given truck space, and more energy can be stored at your site. Third, pellets are more easily and predictably handled. Their uniform shape and size allows for a smaller and simpler feed system that reduces costs. This high density and uniform shape can be stored in standard silos, transported in rail cars and delivered in truck containers.
What Are The Benefits?
There are numerous benefits achieved by utilizing pellet fuel, including economical and environmental. Pellet fuel is utilized in a varied settings and applications, such as home heating appliances and large scale boilers in commercial operations.
There are an estimated 1,000,000 residences/businesses in the U.S. currently heating with pellets.
- A typical homeowner uses 3 tons of pellets per heating season at a cost of about $825. At an average retail price of $275/ton, pellets offer a fuel cost per million BTU of $20.20. To offer a fuel cost of $20.20 per million BTU, # 2 fuel oil and propane would have to be priced at $2.31/gal and $1.46/gal, respectively. (Fuel Value Calculator, USFS, 2008)
- Wood pellets are equal to oil, when oil is 55 cents a liter, and one ton of wood pellets is equal to oneFull cord of wood.
- Direct thermal conversion of 3 million tons of wood pellets displaces the equivalent of almost 8.5 million barrels of #2 fuel oil. That is 356 million gallons! (Energy Information Administration)
- Direct thermal conversion of pellets has an efficiency level of approximately 80%.
- Pellet pellet stoves have extremely low particulate emissions due to their high burn efficiency and the density of the fuel (<1 gm/hr). (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Every ton of pellets used vs. oil reduces CO2 emissions by about 1.5 tons. Total emissions offset this year will be nearly 4.5 million tons of CO2.
- Pellet distribution costs less than the cost of distributing wood chips.
- Wood pellets have a fossil energy ratio (net energy output/fossil energy used) of 12:1. (Net Energy Value Study, University of Wisconsin Green Bay)
As of 2009, pellet manufacturing directly employs approximately 2,300 people in the U.S. and supports thousands of industry-related jobs in fields such as transportation and logging. (North America’s Wood Pellet Sector, Spelter & Toth, 2009)
Wood Pellet for Horse / Animal Bedding
Horse / Animal Bedding
We are seeing a strong demand for the use of wood pellets for horse / animal bedding and have seen a dramatic reduction in the availability for the flake type shavings over the past years. This trend will continue, due to the sawmill closures, and the strong competition for the raw materials, from other industries, such as, the wood pellet heating industry.
Ferguson’s Energy Systems is proud to introduce and offer for sale, a top quality wood pellet for horse / animal bedding as addition to our product line.
When placed in a clean stall and wetted slightly, wood pellets expand significantly to form a uniform, fluffy base, that is highly absorbent to moisture and relatively free of dust. The volume of material removed from the stall is often 50 to 60 percent less than with shavings or straw. Compost produced from manure and pellets is of high quality and has a high monetary value.
The Changeover From Shavings / Straw To Wood Pellet Is Easy!
- A drier, cleaner stall improves hoof condition by reducing exposure to ammonia and moisture. The urine spot will not spread. It will remain clumped or contained for easy removal. Fine bedding allows for easier manure removal. You will not dispose of good bedding with the manure.
- More cost effective. The volume of waste material coming out of the stall is approximately 50 to 60 percent less than any other type of bedding.
- The C:N ratio and moisture content of the waste material is ideal for composting, the results in an excellent, high quality compost product.
- Stalls are cleaned in less than half the time, thereby saving on the cost of labor.
- Less build up at the dock. Reduced occurrence of hock and heel sores. Cleaner coat.
- Superior absorbency will wick away moisture from manure. Horses will stain less and cleanup easier.
- Provides superior comfort.
- The bags of pellets are easily stored and handled and require significantly less space than bulk bedding materials.
- Wood pellets are easy to test in one or two stalls without making a major financial commitment.