June 29, 2018

In This Week's Pellet Wire:

Thanks for attending the PFI Annual Conference! 

Thank you to each and every one of you who attended the PFI Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week. The event was a huge success thanks to all of you who traveled, shared ideas and valuable perspectives, enjoyed pellet-fired barbecue, and generally supported the pellet fuels industry.

Look for an in-depth recap in a future edition of Pellet Wire. In the meantime, please enjoy some photos of the conference ... and a video of Tim Portz joining Energex's Adam Becker to serenade Monday evening's reception.


The "Grillin' and Spillin'" panel featured a discussion on the future of barbecue pellets. (L-R: Bob Robinson from Dansons Grills, Kenny Lisle from Energex and John Weaver from BBQ Delights Wood Pellets join Tim Portz.) 


Lignetics' John Utter with Tim Portz 


PFI's 2018 Golf Champions! 

- Tim Portz, Executive Director

Send Us Photos

We're building a collection of photos of our members, their pellets mills, and product. Send them to Carrie Annand at [email protected]. This week's featured photo is Bob Robinson from Dansons Grills aka "Bar-b-q Bob" relaxing after cooking a wood-pellet-grilled feast at the PFI Annual Conference. 

Become a 2018 PFI Sponsor in July

Don't miss the opportunity to sponsor PFI! Sponsorship at all levels brings many perks, along with exposure for your company to the pellet fuels industry. By signing up to sponsor the association early in 2018, you will reap the benefits throughout the coming year. 

The 2018 sponsorship packages options include benefits such as:

  • Company logo listed on the PFI website
  • Weekly newsletter advertising
  • Website advertising
  • And more!

PFI's membership list includes more than 100 companies, and the Pellet Wire, our electronic newsletter, is sent to close to 2,000 subscribers every week. Now is the time to become a sponsor of this organization. Visit our website to explore how you can become involved.

Follow PFI on Twitter, Friend Us on Facebook, and Connect with Us on LinkedIn 

We'd like to connect and interact with PFI members and anyone else involved in pellet fuels production! 

Here's how you can help us build our online community:

  1. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!
  2. Encourage your colleagues and other business associates to follow us.
  3. Send Carrie Annand news or other ideas to post on LinkedIn.

Have News to Share on Pellet Wire?

We'd love to feature your company's news in a future Pellet Wire! We want to be the first to know your company's recent developments to share them with the wider pellet fuels industry.

Please be in touch with Carrie Annand with information on your company's growth, job openings, promotions, or other news. 

Join a PFI Committee

We welcome and encourage all interested PFI members to get involved in our committees. There are many opportunities to help steer the association. No matter where your expertise and interests lie, we have a committee that will suit you. Help us plan our next conference, shape our policy agenda, lead communications outreach, or grow the PFI Standards Program. Visit PFI's website for more information. 

Upcoming Industry Events

March 14 - 16, 2019: HPBA Expo 2019

June 4 - 6, 2019: 2019 PFI Annual Conference 

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Are you a PFI member, pellet manufacturer, or distributor that has fuel available? Email [email protected] to have your listing updated or added to the PFI website.

Industry News

New Incentives Make Wood Pellet Heating Systems More Attainable

Advocates say heating with wood pellets reduces carbon emissions, and would benefit Vermont's forestry sector

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5 Cool Gadgets for a Hi-tech Summer BBQ

Getting the grill out this summer needn't mean a trip back to the Stone Age. There's a wealth of awesome tech and gadgets available now to make your BBQ a whole lot more connected.

Here's my pick of five of the coolest devices to get more from your summer cook up.

Everyone thinks that they are a top chef once the BBQ is lit. But, let's be honest - how many times have you actually cooked a bit of meat to perfection, rather than burning it to lump of charcoal?

Billed as the first wireless smart meat thermometer, Meater makes it super simple to grill your meat like the pros. You stick into whatever cut of meat that you're cooking, and then select the meat type, cut and desired finish in the accompanying app.

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Biomass Heating Comes to University of Manitoba Campus
Canadian Biomass

Take a walk down the University of Winnipeg's Balmoral Street this spring and you'll notice a shiny new addition to campus. The large metal silo near the entrance to Manitoba Hall might look out of place in downtown Winnipeg, but it's an important part of the university's new biomass heating system.

Biomass is a renewable fuel source that comes from burning wood or other organic materials. UWinnipeg's system is one of only a handful of biomass projects in Manitoba and the first in an urban area.

"Some of the biggest challenges for us are the misconceptions surrounding biomass," said Kyle Macdonald, UWinnipeg's director of energy management and special projects. "A lot of people imagine stoking a fire, but this is all automated and because it's so efficient you're not going to get many particulates or emissions."

UWinnipeg's new sustainability strategy aims to have five per cent of the energy used on campus come from unconventional renewable resources by 2025. This project fulfills more than half of that target.

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PFI wishes you and your family a safe and Happy Fourth of July!



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