Biomass wood pellet prices - bagged and bulk

edited 7 December 2014 at 1:37PM in LPG, Heating Oil, Solid & Other Fuels
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  • thozzathozza Forumite
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    trueab1 wrote: »
    ...Also, is the quantity of people getting biomass boilers growing or decreasing?

    The latest report on RHI take up from OFGEM is here:

    https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2016/02/es922_drhi_quarterly_report_issue_7_web_2.pdf

    And it does seem to show that Biomass installations under the RHI scheme are slowing down, the full figures broken down by technology, date of installation, region etc. (you have to be REALLY interested) are here:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewable-heat-incentive-statistics
  • Shepster23Shepster23 Forumite
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    I was always quite happy to lug the bags of pellets about. Saved a visit to the gym. Also enjoy loading the hopper every morning in a perverse OCD way! However, my wife did not and as I go away occasionally, eventually got a 6 ton hopper. Definitely the better way. Last delivery was £209 a tonne and I think I can get it even cheaper but chose to stay with the same supplier to establish a relationship. However, if they should put prices up, I will look around.Only downside is access, the lorries are huge but they can blow them in up to 20 meters, so a bit like having oil delivered.
  • cancuniacancunia Forumite
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    Interesting stuff Thozza, and it probably aligns to the Domestic RHI 'degression' which looks to be at about 50% of what it was only a short while ago. The UK gov didn't hide that they were encouraging the use of biomass in order to reach some targets, and would taper incentives as the targets were reached, it was the first time I'd seen the word degression!

    https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive-domestic-rhi/about-domestic-rhi/tariffs-and-payments-domestic-rhi
  • thozzathozza Forumite
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    WPG wrote: »
    It does make me a little concerned over the long term maintenance of our boiler. I've been trying to find someone to do a service and there doesn't seem to be many engineers operating in our area now.

    If the installation was done under the RHI scheme, the installer should have been covered by the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), part 8.1 of which states that:

    In the event that they should become insolvent or cease to trade (see glossary for definitions), during the term of the installer's guarantee, Code members must have arrangements in place to ensure that the full term of the workmanship warranty will be honoured. Such arrangements can include an insurance-backed workmanship warranty or a bond, for example. The Code administrator has arranged an insurance scheme with QANW for this purpose. It is part of the Deposit and Workmanship Warranty Insurance (DAWWI) Scheme.

    This seems to cover the warranty issue, but not the ongoing service issue, but perhaps MCS or RECC should also assist in finding another installer to service a boiler covered by the scheme?

    It might also be worth complaining to RECC if the installer no longer wants to deal with the boiler.
  • ProfessorChao5ProfessorChao5 Forumite
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    Lots of companies in the domestic renewable heating sector have closed or stop operating in that market for a number of reasons.

    Companies selling premium domestic boilers (ETA, Hargassner, Frolling etc) with premium service were priced out of the market by companies pushing cheap boilers (MCZ Red, Domusa etc) and poor quality service.

    This in part was due to RHI reductions and consumers wanting to profit from the RHI rather than cover their additional costs, and also consumers not being aware of the quality differences.

    So first most companies offering quality boilers and service just decided to stop operating in the domestic market all together just leaving the companies who are competing on price alone.

    With such a competitive market and many companies not really knowing what they were doing, has led to many horror stories which in turn has led to people not wanting domestic biomass all together!

    Thus lots of now insolvent or liquidated renewable heating companies.

    I think there are going to be lots of issues to come for people with non-premium boilers as there will not be the availability of parts as the installer and the distributor has gone bust and will be difficult to find engineers who know how to operate or maintain these boilers especially when all the instructions are in Spanish or Polish!

    All the consumer protection given by RECC and MCS are all well intended, but rumours than MCS is on its way out all together and many of the warranties and guarantees are only valid if you can get some one to actually do the work. Many companies will not carry out repair work on something they haven't fitted for a number of valid reasons.

    Personally I would not touch a biomass boiler smaller than 200kW, anything below this heat pumps are more suitable IMO.
  • WPGWPG Forumite
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    Verdo are currently offering £30 off a full pallet until the end of May.
    For a limited time only, a pallet of Verdo heating pellets are available for £239, a saving of £30 – price includes VAT and delivery to any mainland UK address.
    To take advantage of this offer, order online now and enter the promotional code SPRING16 at the checkout on the Verdo Website

    http://www.verdorenewables.co.uk/product/bagged-wood-pellets
  • WHE Firepower pellets £199 delivered + 5% first order discount code

    I just bought 5 tonnes of Firepower pellets from White Horse Energy using the 3% off first order discount and got sent a 5% off a first order referral code - haven't burnt any yet but they look good and get good reviews.

    5% Discount Code: HugRic27609

    Full disclosure - I get £20 store credit if anyone uses the code - but I think it's a genuinely good deal.

    Sorry but I can't post a URL as a first time MSE User.

    Cheers,
    Rich.
  • WPGWPG Forumite
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    Have been contacted by Verdo today to let us know that they've launched a "Euro Value" pellet. Originating from Estonia they're ENPlus certified and BSL registered. Currently £199 per pallet (96 x 10Kg bags) - Works out at £207.29 per tonne, slightly more expensive than the Firepower and KG pellets which are currently sharing the top spot on http://woodpelletguide.uk at £204.10/tonne. Best value 10Kg bags that i'm aware of though.
  • WPGWPG Forumite
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    It's a while since i've posted a "Top 10", and prices are low at the moment, so for those that are interested, here we are (ordered by price/tonne)

    1. Firepower from White Horse Energy
    £199.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £204.10
    Price / kWh : 4.08p - (5kWh/kg)
    Origin : Latvia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/Wood-Pellets/Firepower

    2. KG from Luxury Wood Company
    £199.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £204.10
    Price / kWh : 4.20p - (4.86kWh/kg)
    Origin : Latvia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    https://www.luxurywood.co.uk/wood-pellets/975kg-kg-en-a1-bsl-cert-wood-pellets-detail

    3. Verdo Euro Value from Verdo Renewables
    £199.00 for 960kg
    Price / Tonne : £207.29
    Price / kWh : 4.32p - (4.8kWh/kg - Assumed, no value available)
    Origin : Estonia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://www.verdorenewables.co.uk/product/euro-value-bagged-heating-pellets

    4. Premier Fuel from Premier Pellets
    £210.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £215.38
    Price / kWh : 4.39p - (4.91kWh/kg)
    Origin : Russia
    BSL certified
    NOT ENplus certified
    http://premierfuel.co.uk/products/296973--premier-pellets-biomass-wood-pellets-975kg.aspx

    5. Phoenix from Phoenix Wood Pellets
    £215.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £220.51
    Price / kWh : 4.59p - (4.8kWh/kg - Assumed, no value available)
    Origin : United Kingdom
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://www.phoenixwoodpellets.co.uk/shop/4590776590/phoenix-en-plus-a1-pellets/10431254

    6. Homefire from CPL Distribution
    £218.00 for 980kg
    Price / Tonne : £222.45
    Price / kWh : 4.63p - (4.8kWh/kg - Assumed, no value available)
    Origin : United Kingdom
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    https://www.woodpellets2u.co.uk/homefire-premium-wood-pellets-–-980kg-pallet

    7. AKZ from Premier Pellets
    £225.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £230.77
    Price / kWh : 4.62p - (5kWh/kg)
    Origin : Latvia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://premierfuel.co.uk/products/296971--akz-premium-enplus-a1-biomass-wood-pellets-975kg.aspx

    8. Sparklets from Premier Pellets
    £225.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £230.77
    Price / kWh : 4.71p - (4.9kWh/kg)
    Origin : Russia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://premierfuel.co.uk/products/296968--sparklets-premium-enplus-a1-certified-wood-pellets-975kg.aspx

    9. Platinum Plus from White Horse Energy
    £225.00 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £230.77
    Price / kWh : 4.62p - (5kWh/kg)
    Origin : Latvia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/Wood-Pellets/Platinum-Plus-Pellets/Platinum-Plus-Full-Pallet

    10. AKZ from Dawsons Fuels
    £229.99 for 975kg
    Price / Tonne : £235.89
    Price / kWh : 4.72p - (5kWh/kg)
    Origin : Latvia
    BSL certified
    ENplus A1
    http://www.dawsonsfuels.co.uk/1-x-pallet-of-akz-premium-wood-pellets
  • Just read the whole thread with great interest - I saw last week Luxury Wood Co started selling 975kg EN+A1 for £198.95 including VAT and delivery - I am using the pellets now and they are just fine. Luxury Wood say this is a summer only deal - wondered if anyone else on the forum are aware of similar deals for the coming season?

    Matt:
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