• Abundant, renewable resource
  • Highly refined fuel, strict industry standards
  • Reduced dependence on fossil fuels

Pellet supply

There are currently more than 80 pellet mills in the United States, with more than 15 in the Northeast region alone. These mills produce more than 2 million tons of pellets each year.

Our pellet fuel is manufactured from 100% wood sourced from by products and low grade timber resources that otherwise have limited market value. Historically, most pellet feed stock came from manufacturing by-products. In the future, an increasing percentage will be derived from forest thinning through scientific management.

USDA Forest Service data [link below] shows that Northeastern forest growth exceeds the harvest at a rate of approximately 2:1. With sustainable forest management, this abundant and underutilized local energy resource can meet the projected demand increases for pellet fuel. Imagine responsible, forest management that perpetually supplies domestic, carbon-neutral heating fuel. The Northeast US offers incredible potential for renewable, sustainable energy.

More specific information on pellet fuel and distribution logistics can be found on the Bulk Pellets page under Products.

Our commitment to sustainable energy

We want to ensure that the demand for pellets does not undermine the sustainability of these natural resources. It is our responsibility to remain active in and support organizations that benefit sustainable environmental and forestry policy.

Pellet standards & conversions

The pellet fuel industry has developed fuel standards that must be met by all pellet mills. These industry standards assure as much uniformity in the final product as is possible for naturally grown materials that become processed, but not refined, fuel. The pellet fuel industry, through the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI), has determined that pellet mills have the responsibility to test and certify their product. New England Wood Pellet conducts both in-plant and independent laboratory tests of its product on a regular basis.

PFI-graded fuel must meet tests for:

  • Density: consistent hardness and energy content (minimum 40 pounds/cubic foot)
  • Dimensions: length (1 ½” maximum) and diameter (1/4” x 5/16”) to assure predictable fuel amounts and to prevent jamming
  • Fines: limited amount of sawdust from pellet breakdown to avoid dust while loading and problems with pellet flow during operation (amount of fines passing through 1/8” screen no more than .5 percent by weight)
  • Chlorides: limited salt content (no more than 300 parts per million) to avoid stove and vent rusting
  • Ash content: important factor in maintenance frequency

For heating, one ton of wood pellets equals...

  • 120 gallons of heating oil
  • 170 gallons of propane
  • 16,000 ft3 of natural gas
  • 4,775 kWh of electricity

Paying $200/ton for pellets is the same as paying...

  • $1.67 per gallon for oil heat
  • $1.18 per gallon for propane
  • $12.50 per (1,000 ft3) for natural gas
  • $0.04 per kWh for electricity

Visit our page to learn more about pellets and pellet boiler systems.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Center for Northern Woodlands Education
Pellet Fuels Institute
Empire State Forest Products Associations
United States Forest Service
Society for the Protection of NH Forests
United States Department of Energy
United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Northeast pellet mills

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