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Wood Pellet Comparison Guide

Choosing the right wood pellet can be a bewildering experience. We’ve attempted to compile some useful information below in a bid to make that choice slightly more informed. There are a number of manufacturers in the UK, some with multiple brands of pellets, so making sure that your pellet is right for you can be confusing. If you have a modern domestic pellet boiler one of the most important features of your pellet is going to be its certification. We strongly recommend only using an ENPlus A1 pellet in your boiler – see below for a note on the ENPlus scheme.

Brand WoodletsPlatinum PlusFirepower
Pellet Size 6mm6mm6mm
Price £252£245£225
Pallet Size 980 kg975 kg975 kg
£/Tonne £267.35£251.28 £230.77
Quality Mark ENPlus A1ENPlus A1ENPlus A1
ENPlus Producer UK004UK340UK340
BSL Number BSL0040206-0001BSL0040206-004BSL0040206-005
CO2/MJ 10.512.517.3
Bag Thickness 100 Micron95 Micron85 Micron
Fines <1.0%<1.0%<1.0%
Ash <0.7%<0.5%<0.5%
Moisture <10%~6.9%<10%
Expansion Shrink wrapped on pallet with shroudShrink wrapped on pallet with top coverShrink wrapped on pallet

The ENPlus Scheme

The ENPlus certification scheme is more than just about spot testing the occasional bag of pellets to ensure that they ‘make the grade’. ENPlus is a quality assurance framework that ensures that appropriate quality control measures are in place throughout the manufacturing and bagging process, as well ensuring that appropriate spot tests are made!

Wood Pellet Storage

When we hear of issues relating to performance with Wood Pellets they invariably come down to one of two problems: Dodgy boiler or poorly stored pellets! The vast majority of burning related issues tends to be a boiler that require servicing or cleaning. After that if we hear of an issue it tends to be that the pellets have been stored for a long time in less than suitable conditions – wood pellets really need to be stored in dry conditions. Because all wood pellet bags have micro pore holes in them to allow the contents to settle they will, if left in dank conditions, absorb moisture after a while. Our most troubling case so far was a pallet of pellets stored in a dry garage over the summer that had a moisture content reading of over 12% Only when we visited the premises did we discover that there was a tumble dryer in the same garage, spewing out moisture at the pellets! If you are intending to keep pellets for a long duration (over the summer say) please ensure that they are kept somewhere very dry. If in doubt order a half pallet at the end of winter!