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Good question. Setting aside all the marketing and sales pitches, Gourmet BBQ pellets posses all of the necessary components for an extraordinary BBQ pellet.
Select Hardwoods --- No compromises, only the highest grade wood components available are used!
Low Moisture --- our pellets will be less than 6% moisture, ensuring you get maximum performance and heat production.
Extreme Densities ---- we produce our pellets as dense as we can to insure you get the longest burn period possible.
Virtually no Fines --- Open a bag of Gourmet pellets and you’ll find very few fines which tend to burn quicker and produce less heat. Only whole pellets, not a handful of fines. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Perfect Blends --- Our blends are based on recipes recommended by professional chefs and competition barbecue teams with collective years of competition and cooking experience.
No. Some manufacturers have elected to add flavored oil additives to their base wood pellet. When burned, the oils added to these pellets will emit a smoke which smells like the desired wood flavor, but isn’t. Claims that their pellets are 100% hardwood are misleading, since it is only the base wood that is 100%. The oil flavoring is simply an additive designed to achieve the desired smoke aroma of flavored hardwoods, which aren’t actually integrated into their pellets.
Don’t be fooled. Gourmet BBQ pellets are made from real flavored hardwoods, not imitation oil extracts.
Yes, you should always be concerned about dangerous chemicals or contaminates that might be introduced into your barbecue pellets. The likelihood is small there exist any BBQ pellet manufacturing plant which purposely adds these contaminates; however, businesses that purchase lower grade raw wood materials from suppliers, such as cabinet manufacturers, might open themselves up to the possibility of such harmful additives including glue and wood finishes being integrated into their wood furnish.
We certainly don’t recommend burning fuel pellets in your pellet barbecue grill. Throughout history, there have been many meals prepared over an open fire pit utilizing fuel wood, Doug Fir, Juniper and Pine; however, the wood is primarily a heat source to prepare the food, not the smoke. In a confined pellet appliance, the abundant smoke generated from these fuel wood species will taint your meat selection and ruin the taste. In addition, many fuel pellet manufacturers utilize wood sources which may contain harmful chemicals and foreign additives which would be harmful, if consumed.
Yes. Gourmet BBQ pellets work extraordinarily well in all BBQ pellet appliances. The one grill manufacturer who requires their customers exclusively use their BBQ pellets threatens their grill owners by voiding their product warranty if they don’t comply. We can’t control what business practices other companies enforce; however, “tie-in sales” are addressed in a federal law as follows:
The Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act is a United States federal law, (15 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.). Enacted in 1975, it is the federal statute that governs warranties on consumer products.
Referring to the Federal Magnuson-Moss Act; Section regarding tie-in's..... Quoting,
"Warrantors cannot require that only branded parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty." This is commonly referred to as the "tie-in sales" provisions.
Some people would say no; however, most people who barbecue with wood pellets would strongly disagree. The answer is simply this; depending on the meat or vegetable you are preparing, virtually everyone will have their own personal opinion on which wood flavors to use. Pacific Pellet has conveniently placed a “suggested grilling” chart on our website and on the back of our Gourmet BBQ bags. These suggestions are based on ongoing correspondence with professionals in the food preparation industry and our own extensive experimentation with each of our wood flavors. Combine flavors to create your own custom blends!
Most manufacturers of BBQ pellets do not produce pellets consisting of 100% flavored hardwoods. The exceptions would be oak, maple, and alder, which BBQ manufacturers will utilize as their base wood. Other hardwood species, such as Mesquite, Hickory, Apple, Pecan and Cherry, will leave substantially more ash when pelletized, and are considerably more expensive to produce, are extremely difficult on equipment to produce, and will often create flavored smoke that is considered too strong or harsh when produced at 100%. Our Gourmet BBQ wood flavor, Pacific Alder is 100% alder hardwood.
Many manufacturers of BBQ pellets produce their pellets with a blend of two, maybe three, flavored woods, not 100% of any one flavored hardwood. The exceptions would be oak, maple, and alder woods which are often produced at 100%. The predominant percentage blended wood specie would be considered the “base wood”. Pacific Pellet has elected alder as our base wood for our Gourmet BBQ pellets for a number of reasons. Alder produces a very mild and flavorful smoke; it burns hot, leaves relatively little ash, is readably available, and can be purchased in large quantities from reliable sources of premium raw feedstock guaranteed to be free of chemicals or contaminants.
Gourmet BBQ wood flavors are 30% flavored hardwood and 70% alder base.
For best results, we recommend you store our BBQ pellets in a dry storage area. We purposely produce a pellet that is extremely dry and dense to maximize your barbecue experience. If your pellets get wet or absorb moisture by being outside in the elements for a long period of time, they will eventually break down and won’t perform as well. Once a bag is opened, we recommend storing the remaining pellets in a large pet food container which can be secured and is relatively air tight.
Yes. Pellets that are too long, or whose diameter is too wide can cause problems with your auger. If the auger cannot effectively process the pellet or break them down, bridging might occur. This is where pellets begin to collect and not pass through the auger to the fire pot resulting in your flame burning out. Gourmet BBQ pellets are ¼ inch in diameter and average between 3/8 inch to 1 inch in length. Our BBQ pellets work extraordinarily well in ALL pellet barbecue appliances. We have had absolutely no complaints of our BBQ pellets not working well in any of the pellet manufacturer’s pellets appliances available on the market.
Manufacturing a wood pellet is complicated. It requires numerous pieces of specialized equipment continuously monitoring temperatures, particle sizing, densities, moisture, as well as such things as conveyor speeds, drier temperatures, and other critical criteria. Pacific Pellet has invested in state-of-the-art equipment to ensure our products meet and exceed the highest industry grades by adhering to stringent quality control measures throughout our production process.
Production starts with raw wood materials. Pacific Pellet procures clean premium wood feedstock in the form of sawdust, shavings and chips. These materials are then introduced into a shredder which pulverizes the wood into a consistent size material. These materials are then introduced into a large dryer drum resulting in the material being universally dried to a desired consistent moisture level. Once dried, the materials are then stored and transported over a conveyor to a hammer mill where the material is broken down to an even smaller diameter saw dust. This fine material is then carefully introduced and fed to our mills where it is forced through a die with hundreds of holes 6mm in diameter. The high pressure created by the mills extruding the wood into the dies causes the temperature of the wood to increase greatly and forcing the natural lignins in the wood to liquefy. When cooled, the natural lignin’s serve as the binding agent that holds the compressed sawdust together. Now pelletized, the pellets travel through a cooler which substantially reduces the temperature and hardens the pellet. Once cooled, the pellets are stored in a large bin and introduced to a shaker system which separates any small particles and fines from the whole pellets. These fines are recycled back into our process while the pellets continue onto a long conveyor to another storage bin. Finally, the pellets are introduced to our automated bagging system where they are carefully weighed, bagged and palletized with a robotic arm.