At Pinnacle we are proud to share our carbon-neutral product with residential customers who have chosen to heat their homes with wood-pellet stoves and furnaces. Residential fuel pellets are available in 40-pound (18.15-kg) bags on pallets of 2,000, 2,200 or 2,400 pounds, for optimum shipping.
Clean burning SPF pellets made from a blend of spruce, pine and fir
Premium-grade Douglas fir
Specially made for its higher heat value and lower ash content.
While some people consider pellet-fuel installations to be an alternative rather than mainstream choice, those systems are virtually identical to conventional oil, coal or gas systems.
Europeans understand the advantages of using pellet fuel. In fact, Europe consumes 82 per cent of the world’s residential fuel pellets. Typical European pellet-fuel systems include a pellet storage container, burner, automated feeder, boiler, exhaust system and chimney. Extensive permits or containment are unnecessary because there is no volatile oil or gas. Storage can be located above or below ground, making maintenance and filling easier and further reducing costs of installation and upkeep.
In North America, more than one million homes, businesses and schools are already using pellet energy. Often, heating systems can be converted or retrofitted to use pellet fuel, rather than having to invest in entirely new equipment. For example, a heating system producing approximately 500,000 BTU/hour (about the size that would service a small school) currently burning oil, coal or natural gas can be retrofitted to burn pellets with some changes made to the burner, the addition of a combustion conveying system and a storage container. The existing boiler and heat delivery structures would remain unchanged.
Solid-fuel systems such as those burning coal or wood chips are easily retrofitted to burn pellets through simple fuel and air supply adjustments. A pelletized, refined fuel system will always burn cleaner than one using raw wood. Pellet fuel also emits far less smoke and particulates than fossil fuel. As research using technology in commercial pellet burning systems advances, there could be even more efficiencies to come. With reduced costs, ease of operation and negligible environmental impacts, pellet fuel is a boon to consumers. It is also an economic benefit to the communities where pellet heat is produced. Their manufacture helps address some of the sawmill industry’s waste problems. Pellet plants provide jobs, pellet dollars stay in the region and communities rely less on foreign energy.
Pinnacle currently operates seven wood pellet production facilities throughout western Canada, and one production facility in Alabama. Pinnacle’s Canadian production facilities are all located on major rail lines allowing for efficient rail transport to one of two ocean shipping terminals on the B.C. coast: Pinnacle’s wholly-owned Westview terminal in Prince Rupert, and the Fibreco Terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Alabama production facility utilizes inland waterways to cost-effectively transport pellets for ocean shipping via the Port of Mobile on the U.S. Gulf Coast.