Wood Pellets

Wood pellets can be used to produce heat in a specially designed stove or boiler.

In addition some existing solid fuel (wood, coal or oil) boilers or stoves, can be converted to make use of wood pellets. The process can be as simple as installing a pellet basket in a wood stove or an open fire - see links for suppliers.

Stovies Bag Pellets are mostly manufactured from products from sawmills and other wood processing industries. The materials used are ground wood chips and sawdust. No chemical additives are needed, the natural lignin of the wood itself serving as a binder.

Premium grade wood pellets (such as Stovies ®) are UK manufactured pellets that are produced from pure wood with no contaminants, such as plywood or chipboard glues.

Premium grade pellets are produced in the UK under a voluntary Code of Practice. Other countries have their own standards for the production of wood pellets, some of them compulsory. It is anticipated that there will be a European wide standard for the production of wood pellets soon.

Due to their low moisture content (about 10%), pellets have a high energy content, similar to high quality coal. Wood pellets can be used in automatic clean-burning heating appliances as they are manufactured to a consistent size (usually about 20 mm long with a diameter of 6 to 8mm for domestic heating), with low moisture content and high density. It also means that the boiler response time is fast and the technology is controllable without increasing the load on the environment.

This and the fact that they are clean and easy to handle make them particularly suitable for domestic use. Being compressed also means that they take up less room than other forms of wood fuel.

Fuel Costs

It is always difficult to make comparisons between the cost of heating with different fuels, given that there are a number of different suppliers in the market, different tariffs for day and night time (electricity), different costs according to the quantity purchased (particularly for solid fuels such as logs and coal) etc.

In addition, the efficiency of the heating system installed needs to be taken into consideration when calculating a more appropriate cost per useful kWh in pence, rather than per unit cost. Given the number of variables the prices given should be treated with caution, perhaps reflecting the relative costs of heating with each type of fuel as opposed to absolutes.

Relative Cost of Fuel Prices per kWh by Moisture Content

As at Feb 2012. Please ring for actual delivered prices.

Table courtesty of Biomass Energy Center

Fuel Price Per Unit Price Per Unit Price Per Unit
Wood Chips (30% MC) £100 Per tonne 3,500 kWh/t 2.9p/kWh
Wood Pellets (<10% MC) £200 per tonne 4,800 kWh/t 4.2p/kWh
Natural Gas 4.8p/kWh 1 4.8p/kWh

Pellet Delivery

We deliver in 15kg bags (66) on a pallet; in bags of 1 ton; or blown loose in bulk directly into your store. Pellets can also be collected by the customer in bulk or by the bag from the factory.

Placing an Order

When you place an order or make an enquiry, please state:

Your name and address (including post-code)
Whether you want pellets in 15kg bags, 1 ton bags or blown to a store in bulk
If your pellets are for wood fuel or bedding
Whether you want to uplift from the factory or for us to organise delivery. We outsource pallet transport but some customers prefer to make their own arrangements. Deliveries are on 1-ton pallets (66 bags) and will be dropped off on a suitable hard-standing beside a road that is suitable for heavy vehicles.

Please send your enquiry to


Pellet Making Process