A wood pellet is small, cylindrical wooden fuel used for heating and hot water systems. They are approximately 6mm in diameter and have a length of around 10-25mm. They are made from either virgin wood or recycled materials and are highly compressed in order to create extremely low moisture content.
Providing that the conditions are dry, wood pellets can be stored for as long as you need them to be. Any exposure to moisture could damage the pellet and reduce its burning abilities. Wood pellet stores are the best way to store pellets and keep them in a premium condition. This type of store would need to be emptied and cleaned regularly to prevent any build up of dust.
Wood pellets are one of the most eco-friendly fuels available in the UK. This is because they are either made from virgin wood taken from sustainable woodlands or from recycled wood waste which would otherwise be sent to landfill sites. Arguably the best environmental advantage of wood pellets is their C02 emission, which is 90% less than heating oil. The C02 released by pellets is almost exactly the same which would have been absorbed by the tree during its life cycle and therefore wood pellets are said to be carbon neutral.
Al l of the wood pellets we provide meet the ENPlus A1 standards for their quality and consistency. This certification, providing by the European governing body for this type of fuel, provides you with the assurance that you are purchasing the highest quality wood pellets. The wood pellets we supply are consistently sized, have low ash content and a high ash melting temperature.
Wood pellets create less than 0.7% of their weight as ash, which is very small for any type of fuel. The result is that boilers need very little maintenance and longer intervals between cleaning. The ash produced by wood pellets is often used as an effective garden fertiliser.
Wood pellets are included under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. This scheme is designed to encourage the uptake of renewable energy technologies and offers financial rewards over a guaranteed 20 year period. Currently this scheme is only open for commercial and public sector organisations, with a domestic phase scheduled for later in the year.
In order to burn wood pellets, you will need a specially manufactured biomass boiler. This will be designed to take 6-8mm pellets and will enable you to use biomass fuels.
The wood pellet fuel itself is not classified as smokeless. If they are used on a smokeless approved appliance then they can be used in smoke control areas. For more information check with your local council or HETAS, the organisation who manages smoke control zones.
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