How to Use Pellets in Wood Burners

Updated April 17, 2017

One the alternative fuel sources available to owners of wood burners is wood pellets. Wood pellets are made of compressed sawdust and contain less moisture than wood logs. This lack of moisture causes the pellets to produce less smoke than wood logs, providing a greener fuel source. You can burn wood pellets in a non-pellet wood burner by making use of a pellet basket. A pellet basket is a metal basket which is inserted into the burner and allows the wood pellets to burn safely.

Fill the pellet basket with wood pellets.

Insert the pellet basket into the wood burner.

Distribute gel fire starter onto the wood pellets so that roughly 1/4 of the top layer of pellets is covered.

Light the fire starter using a match or extended lighter, and then close the wood burner.


Measure the width of your wood burner before purchasing a pellet basket to ensure the basket will fit.

Things You'll Need

  • Pellet basket
  • Gel fire starter
  • Matches
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