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    • thozza
    • By thozza 7th Dec 14, 1:10 PM
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    Biomass wood pellet prices - bagged and bulk
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    • 7th Dec 14, 1:10 PM
    Biomass wood pellet prices - bagged and bulk 7th Dec 14 at 1:10 PM
    There are threads about the prices of most off-grid energy sources on MSE, but I cannot find one about biomass wood pellets, so I thought that I would share my findings.

    The below prices are for 10kg or 15kg bagged pellets on a pallet, and are either published internet prices, or phone quotes, prices include VAT at 5%. All are ENplus A1 certified -

    http://www.pelletcouncil.org.uk/consumer-information/bagged-pellets

    I was surprised how much variation there is between suppliers of bagged pellets and needless to say that my latest delivery has been from Plumb Center. Price per Kw based on 4.8Kw/kg

    http://www.plumbcenter.co.uk/
    Source - Balcas Brites
    Weight on pallet - 880kg
    Price per pallet - 199.50
    Price per tonne - 226.70

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0472

    http://www.forever-fuels.com/
    Source - Land Energy
    Weight on pallet - 980kg
    Price per pallet - 240.00
    Price per tonne - 244.90

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0510

    http://www.land-energy.com/wood-pellets/
    Source - Land Energy
    Weight on pallet - 1000kg
    Price per pallet - 246.00
    Price per tonne - 246.00
    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0513

    http://www.brites.eu/
    Source - Balcas Brites
    Weight on pallet - 1000kg
    Price per pallet - 252.00
    Price per tonne - 252.00

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0525

    http://www.woodpellets2u/
    Source - CPL Homefire (Verdo?)
    Weight on pallet - 980kg
    Price per pallet - 249.90
    Price per tonne - 255.00

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0531

    http://www.biomassfuel.supplies/
    Source - Blazers
    Weight on pallet - 960kg
    Price per pallet - 244.95
    Price per tonne - 255.16

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0532

    https://www.luxurywood.co.uk/
    Source - Land Energy
    Weight on pallet - 980kg
    Price per pallet - 259.00
    Price per tonne - 264.29

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0551

    http://www.liverpoolwoodpellets.co.uk/
    Source - Balcas Brites
    Weight on pallet - 975kg
    Price per pallet - 268.00
    Price per tonne - 274.87

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0573

    http://www.verdorenewables.co.uk/
    Source - Verdo
    Weight on pallet - 960kg
    Price per pallet - 269.00
    Price per tonne - 280.21

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0584

    https://www.luxurywood.co.uk/
    Source - Verdo
    Weight on pallet - 960kg
    Price per pallet - 269.00
    Price per tonne - 280.21

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0584

    http://cjtimber.com/
    Source - Blazers
    Weight on pallet - 1005kg
    Price per pallet - 297.08
    Price per tonne - 295.60

    Price per Kilowatt - 0.0616

    I understand that bulk prices are lower, hopefully others will be able to add some bulk prices for comparison.
    Last edited by thozza; 07-12-2014 at 1:37 PM.
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    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 4th May 17, 4:37 PM
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    In the end I phoned my local council and it turns out that the local recycling centre in Louth, Lincs takes plastic bags & plastic film so I put the bags into 1 overall bag and took them there. It seems that you can also take plastic bags to most supermarkets for recycling, not sure what they'd say if they saw someone putting a whole load of pellet bags into the hopper but they are made of the same stuff afaik.
    https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/carrier-bags-1
    • thozza
    • By thozza 4th May 17, 7:31 PM
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    The UK has a big challenge with recycling polyethylene film, most particularly in agriculture, which uses immense amounts of PE film. As Cancunia has stated, it is possible to recycle at some local household waste disposal sites.

    There is more information in the statement from the British Plastics Federation:
    • PelletBoy
    • By PelletBoy 9th May 17, 4:30 PM
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    Quality pellets and good service
    I've been buying Woodlets wood pellets from Nuergy Biomass for the past 3 years, After trying most makes of pellets I have stuck with woodlets, less sawdust in the bag and stove runs a lot cleaner. Kenny gives you the best price possible and does not hike the price during the winter, he's handy for pellet boiler information and spare parts too, stocks wood pellet stove igniters and will give you a discount on pellet boiler servicing. worth a look at Nuergy wood pellet fuel supplies
    • PelletBoy
    • By PelletBoy 9th May 17, 4:34 PM
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    I also hear that there is a company in Norway developing a wood pellet bag which can be composted. will update you if I hear anymore
    • rangiemad
    • By rangiemad 10th May 17, 12:26 PM
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    On a related subject to the biomass pellets, but nothing to do with heating etc, did you know they are exactly the same as products sold for cat litter or horse bedding, but obviously 5% VAT rather than 20% VAT, making it nearly half the price of buying if it is packaged as cat litter or bedding material.
    I have checked as many manufacturers as I can, and can not see any difference in the products, even though on their own sites they list exactly the same product as Biomass and Bedding material.

    Saved us a fortune with 2 cats, let alone if we had horses or other livestock. would be interested to see if anyone already uses it as so.

    Kindest regards
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 20th Dec 17, 12:00 PM
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    Is it just me or have the pellet prices started to rise sharply over the past few weeks? I bought some AKZ pellets in Oct for about 230, now I can't see them for sale and the cheapest seem (in stock) to be about 260. Maybe it's a Christmas rush that's put all the others out of stock?
    • thozza
    • By thozza 20th Dec 17, 12:44 PM
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    There was a news item on Woodpelletguide.uk about shortages, worth a look.
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 20th Dec 17, 2:23 PM
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    Yeah, I had a look but didn't see any details.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 20th Dec 17, 2:27 PM
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    http://www.whitehorseenergy.co.uk/news/november-2017/%E2%80%8Bwood-pellet-shortage is where it links to.
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 20th Dec 17, 2:49 PM
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    Aha, many thanks. Glad that I bought mine earlier & hopefully won't need any more until things have settled down a bit.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 1st Feb 18, 9:32 AM
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    Looks like suppliers are taking advantage of the shortage of supply to up their prices significantly, my normal supplier of Brites has just increased my price by over 40.00 per tonne, so I won't be using them for the foreseeable future, also they could not tell me when they would actually be able to get them to me.

    I have managed to obtain supply from Swift Energy, still significantly more than I was paying before Christmas at 285/t after trying 6 other suppliers who are all out of stock.
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 1st Feb 18, 10:36 AM
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    Yeah, just had a look at the prices and agree that suppliers and/or perhaps distributors with stock seem to be taking advantage of the limited supply.
    On the plus side, there should hopefully be an oversupply later in the year when the Baltic manufacturers get back into production. I'd hoped that I could avoid stockpiling for winter but will have to rethink my strategy for next winter.
    • RickMoney
    • By RickMoney 12th Feb 18, 3:25 PM
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    I'm very frustrated that I seem to have put myself in the situation of choosing a heating system that is vulnerable to these market problems. I work in an industry supplying materials with products that are also subject to the same supply issues periodically and the similarities to 'short supply and driving prices' is worrying.

    I too see no option but to stockpile before Christmas going forward as I refuse to pay the increased prices we are seeing at the moment - 30% rises in places that are drip feeding stock through.

    All I can say is I feel sorry for the schools and businesses that moved over to Biomass and need material in large quantities.

    I've found myself looking at alternatives already while huddling around the stove....
    • thozza
    • By thozza 12th Feb 18, 3:38 PM
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    Hopefully the current shortage is going to be short lived, from a look at the following, a major issue has been the inability of the forestry industry to get access to the trees.

    The price I am now paying for bagged pellets is higher than the price last summer, however it is not very different to the prices that I quoted at the top of this post around three years ago.
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 12th Feb 18, 3:38 PM
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    I wonder if there's any supplier out there willing to stockpile & fix prices on behalf of customers? Customers would need to make a commitment and perhaps pay monthly.
    Just a thought.
    Personally I'll be buying in September again, as I did last year on spec. Although last year it was in expectation of price rises due to exchange rates.
    • RickMoney
    • By RickMoney 12th Feb 18, 3:56 PM
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    I forgot to add that one supplier I spoke with on the phone said they couldn't see the situation change before April but they are not a big well known supplier.
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 12th Feb 18, 4:06 PM
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    I think your supplier is probably correct, they'll try to hold the prices high as long as possible. Only when the demand drops & supplies come back will they drop prices.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 17th Feb 18, 12:16 PM
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    Pellet shortage background
    There is some extensive background analysis of the current shortage here:

    https://www.forever-fuels.com/news/national-wood-pellet-shortage

    Maybe I will look at getting a bigger shed to store pellets in this Summer!
    • cancunia
    • By cancunia 17th Feb 18, 2:31 PM
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    Agreed, I'll need to look for some more storage space and buy in October. Maybe a local farmer will have some space for storage.
    • farmerboy
    • By farmerboy 18th Feb 18, 12:03 PM
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    Agreed, I'll need to look for some more storage space and buy in October. Maybe a local farmer will have some space for storage.
    Originally posted by cancunia
    Best prices seem to be around June/July. I'm lucky as have enough space to store at least 12 months supply and usually buy between May-July
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