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Just purchasing a pellet mill, even the right pellet mill for your needs is simple not enough. At PelHeat, we compare making pellets to cooking, and so do many of our industry colleagues. As making pellets is more of an art, than an exact science.
The Pellet Making Process Compared To Baking A Cake
So with cooking the first thing you need is your ingredients to make the cake. With making pellets your ingredients are your raw material or perhaps a mixture of materials.
Once your ingredients are ready, you then have to prepare them. With making pellets, there are several ways you have to prepare your raw material. Initially you will have to go through some form of size reduction, which in most cases will require a hammer mill. The hammer mill will reduce the particle size of the raw material; the size of particle is dictated by the size of screen used. The size of particle produced has a huge impact on the quality of pellet produced and the productivity of the pellet mill. The second step of raw material preparation is to monitor and adjust the percentage of water the raw material contains. Moisture control is one of the most crucial steps of pellet production, and will also dictate pellet quality and pellet mill productivity. Studies have also shown, a raw material with moisture content 1% away from the ideal can force the pellet mill to use up to 20% more power per ton of production. Hence accurate moisture control is also crucial to keep energy costs to a minimum. To help the material make a quality pellet, you may also need to add binders at specific percentages and lubricants to reduce the load on the pellet mill.
When making a cake, once the mixture has been prepared, it is then ready for the oven. A pellet mill is simply the oven and press for the raw material mixture. Therefore just like when making a cake, if the mixture is not correct, the oven doesn’t effect how good the cake is. However, even with a raw material mixed and prepared correctly, the pellet mill still needs to be set-up and prepared correctly or quality pellets cannot be produced. Just some of the aspects of setting up a pellet mill correctly are around roller and die rotation speed, the distance between the die and roller and proper conditioning of the die template to enable good product flow with good compression at the same time.
What Will Happen Without A Good Knowledge Of How To Make Pellets?
Very simple really, as we receive requests for help all the time from consumers who purchased equipment without understanding the process first. Without a good understanding of how pellets are made, you will experience a lot of wasted time and money, and a lot of frustration. Also, making pellets may not be for you, or you find it more interesting than ever. However, the only way to find out is to know the facts. But we also know that a guide cannot possibly answer all your questions, therefore our consultation service are always at hand so we can answer you own specific questions or concerns.
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