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In the upcoming months, The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) will release its new pellet fuel standards. They will include first time third-party verification for compliance as well as new labels for pellet fuel bags that indicate observance.

The Pellet Fuels Institute is just months from implementation of its new pellet fuel standards, including, for the first time, third-party verification for compliance. Participation in the program comes complete with a new label for bags of pellet fuel, illustrating adherence.

January 10-12, John Crouch, director of PFI’s public affairs, will present PFI’s new fuel standards and how they’ll affect pellet manufacturers in the west at the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle.

According to Crouch, the standards are beneficial to the industry. They indicate a commitment to quality and create a standard, he attests. PFI has kept its standards consistent with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a group also working on pellet fuel criteria.

Though PFI introduced standards last year, they weren’t well received by manufacturers, who thought they were too slack and did not include third-party verification. The new standards tighten length and diameter parameters and dictate a one percent ash content limit. Ash content is of particular interest to consumers, because it directly effects how often they have to empty their ashes.

The rules will begin to be implemented by PFI in spring 2011, once the third-part inspectors are ready. Next summer, consumers will see the new labels and hopefully, respond well.

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