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One Page Guide to Wood Pellets

History/Information

  • Wood Pellets are a form of biomass fuel
  • When burnt on specially designed boilers or stoves they provide central heating and hot water for homes, offices, public buildings, etc.
  • Used in Europe since the early 1990’s and in some countries have overtaken fossil fuels such as gas and oil as the fuel of choice
  • Made from virgin sawdust which is compressed in a wood pellet mill into a uniform diameter
  • Wood pellets are eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive which provides financial incentives to people and organisations making the switch to renewable heating

Performance

ENPlusA1 grade wood pellets have the following characteristics:

  • Low ash content <0.7%
  • Low dust <1%
  • Low moisture content <10%
  • High ash melting temperature >1200 degrees Celsius

Burning wood pellets is better for the environment than fossil fuels and many other forms of renewable heating

  • Up to 90% less CO₂ emissions than heating oil
  • Up to 35% less CO₂ emissions than ground source heat pumps
  • A completely renewable source of fuel
  • Wood sourced from well managed woodlands
  • Manufactured in the UK and elsewhere

Recommendations

  • To get the best from your wood pellet boiler or stove, only use wood pellet grades that are recommended by the appliance manufacturer
  • ENPlusA1 grade pellets are recommended by almost all appliance manufacturers
  • Using the wrong size pellets for your appliance will severely effect combustion efficiency and emissions

Availability

  • Wood pellets are available either bagged or loose
  • Historically prices do not fluctuate in the same way as gas or heating oil, allowing you to budget more accurately
  • Wood pellets used for heating purposes are subject to only 5% VAT
  • Wood pellets used for animal bedding are subject to 20% VAT