Wood pellet grills have become increasingly popular as a cooking tool in recent years due to their efficiency, convenience, and environmental benefits. They are produced by compressing sawdust, wood shavings, and other wood waste materials into small, uniform pellets. However, not all wood pellets are created equal, and the type of pellet mill used to produce them can have a significant impact on their quality. Round log pellet mills, in particular, are known for producing high-quality cooking wood pellets. Manchester Barbecue Pellets is the only round log pellet mill East of the Mississippi.
Round log pellet mills are named after the logs they use as the raw material for pellet production. Unlike other pellet mills that use sawdust and wood shavings (cheap waste from sawmills), round log pellet mills use whole logs that have been debarked and chipped. This raw material is then grinded, dried and fed into the pellet mill, where it is compressed and extruded through small holes in a die to form uniform pellets.
The use of whole logs in round log pellet mills offers several advantages over other types of pellet mills. For one, the raw material is denser and contains fewer impurities than sawdust and wood shavings, resulting in a higher-quality pellet. The logs used in round log pellet mills are also typically sourced from sustainably managed forests, ensuring that the pellets are environmentally friendly.
In addition, round log pellet mills can produce pellets with a higher energy density than other types of pellet mills. This is because the logs used in the process have a higher energy content than sawdust and wood shavings. As a result, round log pellets, such as Manchester Barbecue Pellets produce more heat per unit of weight than other types of pellets.
Round log pellet mills offer greater control over the moisture content of the pellets. Because the logs used in the process are debarked and chipped, they have a higher starting moisture content than sawdust and wood shavings. This means that round log pellets can be grinded and dried to an optimal moisture content level without over-drying the wood, resulting in a more flavorful pellet. Manchester Barbecue Pellets also uses a proprietary drying system that does not over-dry our wood before pelleting. That means that the wood pellets retain more flavor because our process does not over-dry the wood biomass.
In conclusion, round log pellet mills produce the highest-quality cooking wood pellets due to the use of whole logs as raw material, which results in a denser, higher-energy pellet with fewer impurities and superior flavor. Additionally, round log pellet mills provide greater control over the moisture content of the pellets, resulting in a more stable pellet that burns more efficiently and is more appropriate for cooking applications. These advantages make round log pellet mills an ideal choice for producing high-quality cooking wood pellets. Note that most pellet mills in the USA were originally designed to manufacture heating pellets, so they are now manufacturing barbecue pellets which, in many cases, are just heating pellets bagged as barbecue pellets. That's why many large manufacturers use flavoring oils to cover up the inferior flavor of their low-quality pellets, which can contain cheap filler woods such as alder, gum tree and poplar.
If you use a pellet grill, make sure you use a natural product that is manufactured in a round log pellet mill and, does not contain flavoring oils.