About Biomass

Biomass, or plant material, is a readily-available, renewable energy source. Burning biomass instead of fossil fuels saves money and enhances your energy security while supporting American farmers.

Using biomass to create energy has a plethora of environmental benefits as well. It can help mitigate climate change, reduce acid rain, soil erosion, water pollution and pressure on landfills and provide wildlife habitat.

The following is a comparison of fuel prices for various materials used to heat most homes today. Average fuel prices, even within a state, can vary widely. Heating will also vary depending on floor plan, heat loss and geographic location of home, stove venting configuration and climate. The comparison shown below is a “best effort” representation based on most recently published information obtained from independent sources.

Fuel Source BTU Value Per Unit Units Required To Produce 1,000,000 BTUs at Typical Cost Deliverable Cost for Usable Heat Heat Cost Ratio Using Dry Shelled Corn in Bixby MaxFire™
Dry Shelled Corn 392,000 BTUs
Per Bushel
(7,000 Per Pound)
2.55 Bushels
@ $2.25 / Bushel
$7.17 100.0%
Coal 20,500,000 BTUs Per ton
(10,250 Per Pound)
.0488 Tons
@ $150 / Ton
$9.17 136%
Firewood 16,800,000 BTUs Per Cord .0595 Cords @ $130 / Cord $11.54 161%
Natural Gas 1,000 BTUs
Per Cubic Foot
1,000 Cubic Feet
@ $0.0122 / Cu. Ft.
$12.84 179%
Wood Pellets 16,000 BTUs
Per Ton
(8,000 Per Pound)
.0625 Tons
@ $200 / Ton
$15.63 218%
Heating Oil #2 138,000 BTUs
Per Gallon
7.25 Gallons
@ $1.75 / Gallon
$15.86 221%
Liquid Propane 91,690 BTUs
Per Gallon
10.9 Gallons
@ $1.53 / Gallon
$17.55 245%
Electricity 3,415 BTUs
Per KwH
293 KwH
@ $0.093 / kWh
$27.25 380%
Source: Bixby Energy Systems, Inc. on the basis of published U.S. federal and state government data.

Note: It is important to realize that, even within a state, average energy or fuel prices can vary widely. It is important to use your customer’s energy bill to determine the savings.