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Wood Pellets/Chips Is this Wood Pellet Safe?

CavieGuy

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I tried several places looking for wood pellets (pet stores and lowes, home depot, etc...) and found out they are seasonal products in my area.

I drove 45 minutes away to a Feed Store and bought this brand: Quality Pine Shavings (wood pellets) made by Long Beach Shavings Co.

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On their website it says it is, but doesn't mention kiln-dried.


  • Pellets are dried and compressed to absorb more moisture


    I sent an email to the manufacturer and awaiting for answers if it is kiln dried or air dried. Has anyone used this brand before?
 
Do they smell like pine? If so, they're no good. If not, they're ok.
 
It has a faint pine smell, I had to take a handful of pellets and literally put it up to my nose to smell it.
 
That's probably ok. Occasionally I'll get a sack that has a stronger pine smell than usual. I just put a layer of heavy fleece down for a few days, and then it's fine.
 
Would it be possible to use the wood pellets for stoves instead of horse bedding pellets? There aren't any farm/ horse/ pet supply stores in my area that carry pellet bedding for horses and the small animal pellet bedding at my local pet store is $9.99 for only a 5 lb bag.
 
Yes, as long as they have no added accelerant, and are either hardwood or kiln-dried pine. No cedar.
 
Ok Great, I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow. :eek: Thanks!
 
I tried several places looking for wood pellets (pet stores and lowes, home depot, etc...) and found out they are seasonal products in my area.

I drove 45 minutes away to a Feed Store and bought this brand: Quality Pine Shavings (wood pellets) made by Long Beach Shavings Co.

(broken link removed)

On their website it says it is, but doesn't mention kiln-dried.


  • Pellets are dried and compressed to absorb more moisture


    I sent an email to the manufacturer and awaiting for answers if it is kiln dried or air dried. Has anyone used this brand before?
Do you have a Tractor Supply Co nearby? That's where I ended up finding mine for $6 per bag.
 
Not all Tractor Supply Company pellets are suitable. Mine carried good pellets for a couple of years, then switched to a different brand with a strong pine odor.

Most places will cut a small hole in a sack of pellets so you can test them out.
 
Now I'm worried! Are these good: (broken link removed)
I've been using them and really love them. No strong smell and works great.
 
If they have no strong pine smell and no accelerants, they're probably fine. But we can't tell anything at all about those pellets by the picture. If you want to know if they're kiln-dried, or what they're made of, you'll have to email the company.
 
All pellets will have some pine odor but even the worst are far better than shavings and I have no problem using them. Pellets are more than kiln dried. They heat and crush them far more than kiln dried shavings so unless you are entirely against pine ( try some paper pellets or oxbow wheat pellet) the pellet brands sold for horses should be fine to use. Sometimes pellets for wood stoves have an accelerant added so not all are safe.
 
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