Wood pellets come from two types of wood, either virgin or recycled. Although they may come from different sources, both provide fantastic environmental and heating benefits.
Virgin wood pellets are produced freshly from felled trees. This wood has had no chemical treatments and is highly calorific. This renewable wood can then be burned with high efficiency and is of a very high standard. As this wood is produced for one purpose, the production of wood pellets, it is monitored to ensure that it is of consistent size, moisture content and burning temperature. Virgin wood is sourced from carefully managed woodland, which plants one or more trees for every one felled. This means that the whole process is sustainable and does not cause permanent damage to the environment. With virgin wood pellets, the CO2 released when burnt is the same amount that is absorbed during the life cycle of the tree – making it extremely eco-friendly.
Recycled wood pellets are created using the waste products from industries such as joinery, where there is a significant amount of excess wood. As this waste product would otherwise be destined to be burnt in landfill sites, creating potentially harmful gas, recycling the wood to produce wood pellets has a positive effect on the environment. This surplus wood is then compressed tightly together under high pressure and bound together using the natural lignin found in the biomass. No other additives are used and it produces a powerful renewable fuel.
Virgin and Recycled wood pellets may have their differences, but both provide first class wood pellets to heat your home or organisation. Enquire online today to find out what type of wood pellets best suits you and your boiler.