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Hardwood or Softwood?

People ask us all the time: "should I burn hardwood pellets or softwood pellets?"

We think this is a very personal decision. It’s all about choosing the right fuel for you based on a variety of things, including your stove, your budget, and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to do.

FACT: Most pellet stoves today are built to burn hardwood OR softwood pellets.

So, selecting a fuel is more about trying out which specific brand burns well in your stove. This usually depends on the quality of the pellet, rather than the species.

FACT: How a pellet is made is often more important than the species of wood used.

We only work with pellet mills that can guarantee a consistent source of clean raw material and a quality manufacturing process, so you can be confident that you’re getting a high quality fuel – regardless of species! We regularly test our pellets for ash content, moisture level and heating value to assure you’re happy with your fuel. (Learn more)

FACT: Softwood pellets generally have higher heat output and lower ash.

Finding the perfect fuel is about striking a balance you’re comfortable with between price and quality. It is generally true that softwood pellets burn cleaner and hotter. At, we perform regular, independent testing on all of our products to ensure consistent quality.