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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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    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Dec 14, 4:06 PM
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    • 8th Dec 14, 4:06 PM
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    • 8th Dec 14, 4:06 PM
    mole valley, verdo enplus 1, 10kg bags availabe from the store at £2.99 per bag. No storage at home needed as they always have them

    whitehorse energy prices are per pallet delivered as are liverpool wood pellets. Some of the above in post 1 do not include delivery eg plumb centre delivery is £18. If getting RHI then the pellets must be from a certified supplier http://biomass-suppliers-list.service.gov.uk/find-a-fuel .

    10kg bags are obviously easiest to handle, I am speaking as a 5` woman


    A useful list thozza
    Last edited by kittie; 08-12-2014 at 4:11 PM.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 8th Dec 14, 5:08 PM
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    • 8th Dec 14, 5:08 PM
    In this case the Plumb Center price INCLUDES delivery.

    It is significantly less than their list price, and they will deliver for free if you are within 'range' of a depot, I am around 12 miles away.

    As with all dealings with builders/plumbers merchants, be prepared to haggle.

    Mole Valley have a delivery service - http://www.moleenergy.com/ but they were a similar price to buying direct from Verdo.
    • k1nky
    • By k1nky 11th Dec 14, 6:29 PM
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    • 11th Dec 14, 6:29 PM
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    • 11th Dec 14, 6:29 PM
    Thank you for starting this thread, I've been buying pellets for 3 years now,the price was £180 per tonne 3 years ago.

    I have now invested in a 4 tonne hopper and purchase bulk blown pellets which are around £210 per tonne, not sure if its worth paying for the bulk option as the savings are minimal.

    I've tried all brands of pellets and found some better than others, is anyone else willing to share their bulk price.

    Cheers
    • Alycidon
    • By Alycidon 13th Dec 14, 3:09 PM
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    • 13th Dec 14, 3:09 PM
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    • 13th Dec 14, 3:09 PM
    Bulk blown pellets are usually more expensive than bagged ones owing to the cost of delivery.

    A
    • thozza
    • By thozza 15th Dec 14, 7:13 PM
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    • 15th Dec 14, 7:13 PM
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    • 15th Dec 14, 7:13 PM
    Interesting, I had heard that bulk pellets were cheaper, somewhere under £200/T delivered, but there don't seem to be any readily available sources on line that publish prices.
  • Robwiz
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    • 16th Dec 14, 7:20 AM
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    • 16th Dec 14, 7:20 AM
    Interesting, I had heard that bulk pellets were cheaper, somewhere under £200/T delivered, but there don't seem to be any readily available sources on line that publish prices.
    Originally posted by thozza
    The suppliers are very cagey about publishing bulk prices Ė responding to specific enquiries only. I suspect the best prices can only be achieved if a customers buys a whole tanker load. As this requires a big investment in a very large hopper it's debatable whether buying in bulk is worthwhile for a residential user.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 17th Dec 14, 5:08 PM
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    • 17th Dec 14, 5:08 PM
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    • 17th Dec 14, 5:08 PM
    I have done a small amount of digging about to try and get some prices for bulk deliveries, I made a few enquiries for the delivered price to N. Lincs of 4T of bulk pellets, the prices all came in around the £250-£260/T mark, making bagged cheaper. To me this seems counter intuitive as both need to be delivered by lorry, but perhaps pallet networks are more economic than dedicated bulk tankers?

    As Robwiz says, the way to get a significantly lower price is to take a tanker full, >14T according to Verdo and they will not deliver less than this themselves, leaving smaller fills to their distributors.

    Looks like bagged pellets are the way to go, certainly the pricing is more transparent, and as there are a number of 'alternative' wholesalers such as Plumb Center, PTS/Travis Perkins there is an opportunity to negotiate.
    • thozza
    • By thozza 9th Jan 15, 7:45 PM
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    • 9th Jan 15, 7:45 PM
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    • 9th Jan 15, 7:45 PM
    Another price via a colleague for bulk

    Delivered price per tonne inc VAT

    scheduled delivery ~ £255 (delivery within a few days)
    shared delivery ~£235 (might have to wait a couple of weeks)

    This was Forever Fuels
    • thozza
    • By thozza 9th Jan 15, 7:53 PM
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    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 (Laois Sawmills, Ireland)
    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.
    Last edited by thozza; 19-01-2015 at 10:10 PM. Reason: url
    • frugal90
    • By frugal90 10th Jan 15, 6:10 PM
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    £199.50 per tonne if you get from Puffin pellets in North East Scotland -good pellets and good delivery service -min 4tonne order


    frugal
    • RickMoney
    • By RickMoney 11th Jan 15, 7:20 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by thozza
    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
    • thozza
    • By thozza 11th Jan 15, 7:39 PM
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    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?
    Originally posted by RickMoney
    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.
  • ivory55
    PTS is Travis Perkins , you could try playing manager against manager
    • RickMoney
    • By RickMoney 13th Jan 15, 10:14 AM
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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
    • thozza
    • By thozza 13th Jan 15, 10:44 AM
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    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....><
    Originally posted by RickMoney
    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.
  • Shepster2
    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.
    • LukasMc
    • By LukasMc 9th Aug 15, 10:15 PM
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    One additional point
    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.
    • WPG
    • By WPG 25th Aug 15, 12:54 PM
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    Found this thread while doing some research for a Wood pellet price comparison website I!!!8217;m currently working on. Thought an up to date list of the best prices for bagged wood pellets that I!!!8217;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!!!8217;t post links on my first post, but should all be easy enough to find via google.
    Last edited by WPG; 25-08-2015 at 12:59 PM. Reason: typo
    • thozza
    • By thozza 25th Aug 15, 1:05 PM
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    Links inserted

    Found this thread while doing some research for a Wood pellet price comparison website Iím currently working on. Thought an up to date list of the best prices for bagged wood pellets that Iíve 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. Woodiest 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 canít post links on my first post, but should all be easy enough to find via google.
    Originally posted by WPG
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