Wood pellets are made from compressed sawdust, produced as a waste product from sawmills and used in wood pellet burners. Their shape is achieved by compression at the pellet processing plant and their shiny surface is from the natural glues found in the sawdust. As well as the significant environmental benefits, wood pellets are also cheaper than the fossil fuel alternatives for heating.
What are wood pellet boilers and why choose one?
Wood pellet boilers are simply boilers that run solely on burning wood pellets and can provide all of your heating and hot water requirements. Pellet heaters can be used effectively to heat domestic buildings all the way up to large factories.
Most modern wood pellet boilers will be over 90% efficient, sufficiently higher than most conventional fossil fuel systems which will typically be 70 to 80%. They are also far more environmentally friendly and burning wood pellets can significantly reduce your carbon emissions in comparison to using a fossil fuel alternative for heating e.g. a 3 bedroom home run on pellets will have CO2 emissions of just under a tonne a year if heated using pellets, in comparison to 4.5 tonnes if on mains gas, 6.5 tonnes if on oil, and 13 tonnes if heated by electric.