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Wood Pellet Prices

Wood pellets cost an average of $5 per 40-lb bag. Pellet bags can range from $4 to $9.

Wood Pellet Price Factors

Pellet fuel costs depend on several factors:

  • Supply: Pellets are a waste product, made from materials such as sawdust or even food waste. Price varies based on waste supply and availability.
  • Type: Corn pellets are cheaper than wood; hardwood pellets are more expensive than softwood or biomass pellets.
  • Delivery: Your pellet fuel costs will rise if you have them delivered.

Prices also vary based on brand.

Wood Pellets Price Comparison
BrandPrice

Lignetics

$8-$9

New England

$5-$6

Packsaddle

$6

Lowes

$5-$6

Home Depot

$5-$6

Bulk Wood Pellet Prices

Buying pellet fuel in bulk costs $250 per ton on average. This is a good way to stock up on fuel, but you’ll pay extra if you need it delivered. Delivery costs an additional $50 to $100, depending on how far you live from the purchasing site.

Wood Pellet Prices Per Ton

You can order 50 40-lb bags (one ton) of pellet fuel for $250. Depending on the type of pellet fuel, buying in bulk could cost up to $380, or $480 including delivery.

Bag of Wood Pellets Cost

Pellets are normally sold in 40-lb bags and average $5 per bag. The type of pellets and where you order them from also factor into price. Expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $9 for one 40-lb bag.

Pellet Stove Cost Per Month

While a pellet stove costs between $1,040 and $3,090, it only costs $35 to $45 per month to run your stove.

A pellet stove is generally used on top of a home’s heating system. Much like a fireplace, stoves are best used for heating a single room.

Maintenance isn’t a monthly cost, but you might need servicing annually or every other year to help your stove last. Contact a pellet stove installer near you to get the best recommendation.

Pellet Stove Fuel Cost

You’ll likely spend $25 to $30 a month on stove fuel. The amount you pay for fuel depends on how much fuel you use.

Cost to Run a Pellet Stove

Electricity rates vary by area, but expect to pay about $9 per month on electricity.

How Much Electricity Does a Pellet Stove Use?

These stoves typically use 100 kilowatts per hour. A pellet stove needs electricity to power its fans and thermostat.

FAQs

How long will a 40-lb bag of wood pellets burn?

A 40-lb bag of pellet fuel lasts about 24 hours, depending on temperature. The higher you set your stove’s thermostat, the faster the pellets will burn.

How many bags are in a pallet of wood pellets?

A pallet of wood pellets contains 50 40-lb bags. This equals 2,000 lbs, or one ton.

How many bags of pellets do I need for winter?

The number of bags you need depends on temperature, your comfort level, and how frequently you’ll use your pellet stove.

One bag of pellets lasts about 24 hours. On colder days and on weekends (or whenever you’re home the most), you might set your thermostat higher or use your stove for longer periods of time.

There’s a benefit to buying wood pellets in bulk. In milder climates, one ton of pellets should last you well through the winter. Colder areas might need two or three tons of pellets. Although, this again depends on how frequently you use your stove.

Are wood pellet stoves cost effective?

Wood pellet stoves are cost effective for several reasons:

  • Cheap to run: The average homeowner spends at least $600 on heat in the winter. Pellet stove owners can lower their home’s main thermostat and spend just $25 to $35 a month to run their stove.
  • Lower your heating bill: Pellet stoves allow you to rely less on whole-home heating. This lowers your heating bill without sacrificing comfort.
  • Efficient: When it comes to cost and energy efficiency, pellet stoves outrank fireplaces and wood stoves. Pellet fuel is cheaper, burns cleaner, and needs less attention to run than making a fire with wood.

Which is better: hardwood or softwood pellets?

Softwood pellets tend to burn better than hardwood, which means they reach hotter temperatures faster. They also burn cleaner.

Hardwood pellets are a good option for someone who doesn’t want their room to heat up too fast or to get too hot. It’s a personal choice for everyone, but for hotter temps, softwood pellets are better.

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