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The pellets that are marketed as stall bedding cost several dollars more per bag than the pellets marketed as a fuel product for pellet stoves. Since I have used both and cannot find a performance difference between the two, I set out to do a little research on the differences between the two products.
My first stop was Wikipedia. I wanted to see how wood pellets are manufactured and is there a difference in how they are manufactured based on intended use. Apparently, all wood pellets, whether for fuel or bedding, are made the same way out of the same materials. Click here to read more.
Although Wikipedia's article was rather encouraging, I dug a little deepr to see if I could find some kind of chemical or material difference between the fuel pellets and the bedding pellets. I stumbled on Marth, a company that manufactures wood products. They produce wood pellets as bedding and fuel. Here's what they have to say:
"Marth Wood Shavings makes valuable materials out of waste wood.
Some of these products are closer than you may think. [...] Fuel pellets made by Marth Wood Shavings are used to produce household heat and electricity. Bedding made by Marth Wood Shavings may even be lining the bottom of your pet’s cage."
"Refined in our pellet mill, Marth Pellet Bedding is made using pressure to bind small absorbent particles of wood together. The resulting pellets are super absorbent and make it easy to separate out animal waste, which translates to lower replacement costs."
"Marth Fuel Pellets are made of 100% pure renewable and sustainable wood fiber. These super efficient wood pellets are made by compressing wood particles. The compression creates heat, releasing the wood’s natural lignin, which then bonds the particles into pellets."
They're the same product!
Tractor Supply Company currently sells 40 pound bags of pine pellet bedding for $6.99. A 40 pound bag of fuel pellets are $4.99 - a two dollar difference! When buying twenty or thirty bags at a time, that can be a big savings! What do you use to bed your stalls?