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Quick Facts

Starting Year: 2001
Ownership: Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd.
Location: Vanderhoof, BC


Premium Pellet strives to run an efficient and prosperous operation in the woods, the office, and in it's milling facilities. For this reason, Premium Pellet has positioned itself to remain viable, provide local employment, and build for the future.

Why Wood Pellets?

Using wood pellets for heating has been proven to provide a cleaner burn than other wood fuels. Since Sinclar Group manages our forest resources in a sustainable manner and pellets are made from fibre that would otherwise be waste, wood pellets are a renewable resource.

Unlike coal, oil and other fossil fuels, burning wood pellets does not contribute to climate changes through emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. The growth of the fibre used to produce our pellets takes in the same amount of carbon as is emitted by the burning of pellets or decomposition of wood in nature; as such, the net emission of carbon-dioxide is practically zero. Other emissions from wood pellets are low in relation to coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Emissions of nitrogen oxides are similar to fossil fuels; however, emissions of sulfur dioxides are considerably lower.


Why Premium Pellets?

Premium Pellet Ltd. has carefully engineered our manufacturing process in order to develop consistent production of the highest quality wood pellet. White wood waste, in the form of sawdust and chip fines, is separated from the bark in the sawmill. It is then transferred directly via a high pressure blow line to a storage bin at the manufacturing center. White wood waste is also collected from the planer mill and transferred directly to the same storage bin.

The white wood waste is then dried in a biomass fired dryer. The dried material passes through a screen and hammer mill to create consistent particle sizes. The particles are transferred to the pellet mill where they are preconditioned with steam for extrusion through dies to form the wood pellets. The hot pellets are then cooled in a counter flow cooler to reset the lignin and form a hard stable pellet. In all areas of handling, dust is recovered and used in the dryers for fuel. The completed pellets are then stored in bags or bulk, ready to deliver to market.

Quality assurance is monitored closely throughout all stages of the manufacturing process. We start with careful handling and direct transfer of the white wood waste to provide a clean supply of materials for processing. Our monitoring of moisture levels, fines content, bulk density and proper pellet size are integral parts of producing our high quality, premium grade, wood pellet fuel.

Analysis of our Pellets

Higher Heating Value (GJ/tonne) 
Moisture Content (%)
4.5 - 5.0
Non-Combustible Ash (%)
< 2.0
Bulk Density as Delivered (kg/m3)


Elementary Analysis
Carbon (%)
Hydrogen (%)
Nitrogen (%)
Sulfur (%)
Chloride (%)
< 0.005
Oxygen (%)

Ash Analysis – Metals Scan
Aluminum (mg/kg)
Arsenic (mg/kg)
< 0.1
Cadmium (mg/kg)
Calcium (mg/kg)
Chromium (mg/kg)
Copper (mg/kg)
< 2.3
Iron (mg/kg)
Lead (mg/kg)
< 0.15
Magnesium (mg/kg)
Mercury (mg/kg)
< 0.05
Nickel (mg/kg)
< 3.0
Phosphorus (mg/kg)
Potassium (mg/kg)
Silicon (mg/kg)
Sodium (mg/kg)
Tin (mg/kg)
Titanium (mg/kg)
Vanadium (mg/kg)

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