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Biomass wood pellet prices - bagged and bulk

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  • RickMoneyRickMoney Forumite
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    thozza wrote: »
    I have just seen that the price of bagged pellets from Forever Fuels has also increased, and the supply source has changed

    http://www.forever-fuels.com/
    Source - Pelletsfirst (Shipped from Portugal)
    Weight on pallet - 875kg
    Price per pallet - £249.90
    Price per tonne - £285.60

    Price per Kilowatt - £0.0595

    Quite a substantial increase from £244.90/T previously!

    Also another supplier I have found is LCEnergy:

    https://lcenergy.co.uk/
    Source - Greenwood
    Weight on pallet - 990kg
    Price per pallet - £242.00
    Price per tonne - £244.44

    Price per Kilowatt - £0.0505

    They also supply Verdo, Balcas & Blazers pellets at a higher price.

    Thanks for starting this thread. Was just about to buy my first lot of pellets and came on to ask where ppl buy their from.

    Regarding the plumb base price you put on your original post, did you just ring up your local depot and ask what the best they could do was?

    I'm the NW England for info.

    cheers,

    Rick
  • thozzathozza Forumite
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    RickMoney wrote: »
    Thanks for starting this thread. Was just about to buy my first lot of pellets and came on to ask where ppl buy their from.

    Regarding the plumb base price you put on your original post, did you just ring up your local depot and ask what the best they could do was?

    I rang my local Plumb Center (Plumbase is a different company and they don't stock pellets yet) and asked what was the best price that they could do, the list price for a pallet of 88 x 10kg bags is £236.50, you should be able to get a discount off this (maybe not quite the price that I have got which I understand from other branches is pretty low), but it is up to the branch manager as to the level. It is worth quoting prices from the internet to help them decide.

    Worth noting that PTS (Plumbing Trade Supplies) also stock pellets, I haven't managed to get a price yet, but your local branch might be a bit more responsive.

    As you are going to be buying regularly and probably spending over a thousand pounds a year, your business is valuable to these companies, so haggle!

    Please post back your results.
  • PTS is Travis Perkins , you could try playing manager against manager
  • RickMoneyRickMoney Forumite
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    Ok, so I placed my first order and it was with....... Landenergy.

    I had issues with all the other companies I spoke with and the sale person at Landenergy actually returned my call which was a big plus. Their lead time was good so I look forward to seeing the delivery in a couple of days. I paid £252 for the pallet but it was first order and I needed the material so wasn't in a good position to haggle for the few £.

    Called my local plumb centre's and it didn't go well. One said they only sell by the bag, no pricing for pallets. The other said the brites only come in pallets of 72 and it was around £350 for that quantity....><

    I couldn't get the Brites website to recognise my postcode, couldn't see a phone number so filled out their contact form but no response.

    Originally, I planned to order from Forever Fuels when I looked a few weeks ago but their prices jumped up as you reported.

    Rick
  • thozzathozza Forumite
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    RickMoney wrote: »
    Called my local plumb centre's and it didn't go well. One said they only sell by the bag, no pricing for pallets. The other said the brites only come in pallets of 72 and it was around £350 for that quantity....><

    I think with Plumb Center that you need to identify a branch which sells a lot of pellets to get a reasonable price, and also so that they can find the special product code for the pallet of Brites.

    As I discovered with my latest delivery, the pallet size they supply has changed to 72, apparently this was because they were getting too much (crushing?) damage to the bottom layers of bags.
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  • Shepster2Shepster2 Forumite
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    Thanks for starting this thread. It seems that it is very hit and miss with pellet prices. I had 2 tons of pellets delivered last week direct from brites at £252 per ton. The plumbcentre price looks very attractive. Have been thinking of getting a hopper for next year but will wait and see for the moment I will use about 8 tons a year so doubt it will be cost effective but might save my back!

    I recently had an RHI audit where I was told that Ofgen require you to keep all invoices for pellets for the duration of the RHI payments as well as being from an authorised supplier.

    BTW, Balcas brites deliver on pallets 8 bags to a layer, making the stack just over 12 bags high. The bottom ones dont appear to be crushed.
  • LukasMcLukasMc Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
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    This is a highly ranked thread yet it's dangerous to assume (with all due respect because a lot of effort has gone into the OP's research) that all the above fuels average 4.8kWh/kg. In fact according to ENPLUS A1 standards, the middle ground is 4.95 kWh/kg. It's best to individualise the calculations based upon actual brand specific calorific values. This isn't gas, where its calorific value is measured by the national grid and is the same between all suppliers, selling an homogenous product. Biomass suppliers sell products consisting of a wide variety of species, in different proportions and moisture values. And don't forget product quality!
    As mentioned, all respect to the OP! It must have taken him a lot of time to write this list and im sure it's his wish to see it evolve positively.
    Biomass / Green Aficionado
  • edited 25 August 2015 at 11:59AM
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    edited 25 August 2015 at 11:59AM
    Found this thread while doing some research for a Wood pellet price comparison website I’m currently working on. Thought an up to date list of the best prices for bagged wood pellets that I’ve been able to find online might be of interest.

    All the prices checked this morning and all the websites currently showing as having stock.

    1. Premier Fuel Wood Pellets from Premier Pellets -
    £210 for 975Kg (£215.38 per tonne)

    2. Firepower Wood Pellets from White Horse Energy
    £215 for 975Kg (£220.51 per tonne)

    3. Baltic Biogran Wood Pellets from Luxury Wood Company
    £219 for 975Kg (£224.62 per tonne)

    4. Sparklets Wood Pellet from Premier Pellets
    £225 for 975Kg (£230.77 per tonne)

    5. Platinum Plus from White Horse Energy
    £229 for 975Kg (£234.87 per tonne)

    6. AKZ Wood Pellets from Premier Pellets:-
    £235 for 975Kg (£223.81 per tonne)

    7. Verdo Pellets (direct from Verdo)
    £239 for 960Kg (£248.96 per tonne)

    8. Greenwood pellets from LC Energy
    £248 for 990Kg (£250.51 per tonne)

    9. Brites from Brites Direct
    £256.19 for 1000Kg

    10. Woodlets Wood Pellets from White Horse Energy
    £252 for 980Kg (£257.14 per tonne)

    Some of the above may not be on the Biomass Suppliers List and not all of the pellets are ENplus certified.

    Assuming I can’t post links on my first post, but should all be easy enough to find via google.
  • thozzathozza Forumite
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    WPG wrote: »
    Found this thread while doing some research for a Wood pellet price comparison website I’m currently working on. Thought an up to date list of the best prices for bagged wood pellets that I’ve been able to find online might be of interest.

    All the prices checked this morning and all the websites currently showing as having stock.

    1. Premier Fuel Wood Pellets from Premier Pellets -
    £210 for 975Kg (£215.38 per tonne)
    http://www.premierbiomasspellets.com/store/p5/Premier_Pellets_Biomass_Wood_Pellets_-_975kg.html
    Note - not ENPlus A1

    2. Firepower Wood Pellets from White Horse Energy
    £215 for 975Kg (£220.51 per tonne)
    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/Wood-Pellets/Firepower

    3. Baltic Biogran Wood Pellets from Luxury Wood Company
    £219 for 975Kg (£224.62 per tonne)
    https://www.luxurywood.co.uk/special-offers/975kg-baltic-biogran-en-a1-wood-pellets-detail

    4. Sparklets Wood Pellet from Premier Pellets
    £225 for 975Kg (£230.77 per tonne)
    http://www.premierbiomasspellets.com/store/p4/Sparklets_Premium_EnPlus_Certified_Wood_Pellets_-_975kg.html

    5. Platinum Plus from White Horse Energy
    £229 for 975Kg (£234.87 per tonne)
    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/Wood-Pellets/Platinum-Plus-Pellets

    6. AKZ Wood Pellets from Premier Pellets:-
    £235 for 975Kg (£223.81 per tonne)
    http://www.premierbiomasspellets.com/store/p1/AKZ_Premium_EnPlus_A1_Biomass_Wood_Pellets_-_975kg.html

    7. Verdo Pellets (direct from Verdo)
    £239 for 960Kg (£248.96 per tonne)
    http://www.verdorenewables.co.uk/product/bagged-wood-pellets

    8. Greenwood pellets from LC Energy
    £248 for 990Kg (£250.51 per tonne)
    http://lcenergy.co.uk/product/green-wood-pellets/

    9. Brites from Brites Direct
    £256.19 for 1000Kg
    http://www.brites.eu/product/bags-of-brites/

    10. [STRIKE]Woodiest[/STRIKE] Woodlet Wood Pellets from White Horse Energy
    £252 for 980Kg (£257.14 per tonne)
    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/Wood-Pellets/Woodlets-Wood-Pellets

    Some of the above may not be on the Biomass Suppliers List and not all of the pellets are ENplus certified.

    Assuming I can’t post links on my first post, but should all be easy enough to find via google.
  • edited 25 August 2015 at 12:47PM
    thozzathozza Forumite
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    edited 25 August 2015 at 12:47PM
    Thanks for the comment, the price per kWh that I calculated was just to give an indication of the price compared to other forms of heating, my source was The Biomass Energy Centre website, as a comparison, the Notts Energy website uses 4.72 kWh/kg.

    The minimum specified for ENplus A1 pellets in EN 14961-2 is 4.6kWh/kg, but as suppliers do not generally publish the test house results it is actually quite difficult to ascertain actual energy content, if, as you suggest, you have access to this data it would be helpful to share it with the forum.
    LukasMc wrote: »
    This is a highly ranked thread yet it's dangerous to assume (with all due respect because a lot of effort has gone into the OP's research) that all the above fuels average 4.8kWh/kg. In fact according to ENPLUS A1 standards, the middle ground is 4.95 kWh/kg. It's best to individualise the calculations based upon actual brand specific calorific values. This isn't gas, where its calorific value is measured by the national grid and is the same between all suppliers, selling an homogenous product. Biomass suppliers sell products consisting of a wide variety of species, in different proportions and moisture values. And don't forget product quality!
    As mentioned, all respect to the OP! It must have taken him a lot of time to write this list and im sure it's his wish to see it evolve positively.
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