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Wood pellets diversified

July 20, 2010 – Wood pellets are a great source of heating fuel and are making their mark in replacing the many fuels of yesteryear.


July 20, 2010
By Ron Nowakowski

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July 20, 2010 – Wood
pellets are a great source of heating fuel and are making their mark in
replacing the many fuels of yesteryear. Fuels like coal, etc., are on their way
out. Europe is certainly leading the way and is demonstrating where this will
end up in North America.

Pellet
stoves and pellet furnaces are creating a great wave for the future. Pellet
barbeques are also making their way into the market.

What is
getting very exciting is that we are just beginning to discover the many
environmental uses this small wood pellet is offering the planet.

The
horse/equine industry caught my eye when I saw how wood pellets replace
shavings and straw for animal bedding. The pellet is incredibly absorbent and
dust free. Furthermore, they quiet odors and minimize bacteria count. Thinking
further, these pellets could be taken up by dairy farms, poultry farms, horse
ranches, pet stores, zoos, hog farms, etc.

Once moistened,
the pellets swell to absorb over four times their size and weight.

Wet & dry pellets  
 Pellets make good animal bedding by absorbing moisture.

 

My new
recent discovery is for using wood pellets for plant bedding. Organic berry
farms are stepping up to replace straw. Straw use can spread weed seeds.
Pellets simply biodegrade and can be left on or worked into the soil.

There is
more. Hazardous materials and oil spill experts are beginning to look at this
product as well.

Only the
future will show us the many other uses wood pellets will provide. It’s a
definite “green” direction for all to enjoy.

Ron Nowakowski is president of Hole-In-One Enterprises. E-mail: holein1@mts.net


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