Wood pellets in NZ are exclusively manufactured from waste timber from sustainable forestry, using waste sawdust and wood shavings that would otherwise go to landfill. This makes NZ wood pellets a 100% a renewable resource with the lowest carbon footprint of any heating fuel available in NZ.
The wood waste is dried and compressed,the high pressure and temperature activates a natural glue like substance within the wood that holds the pellet together. The product is therefore a completely natural product with no additives.
Reducing your carbon footprintPellet boilers are an ideal way to reduce your carbon emissions as a direct replacement for fossil fuel gas, coal and diesel boilers. The amount of the carbon dioxide emitted during the burning of pellet fuel is equivalent to the amount absorbed during the growth of the trees and therefore it is defined as carbon neutral, working within the carbon cycle. The is particularly true of NZ pellets as they are only manufactured from waste products of New Zealand’s forestry and wood milling industry.
Over 100,000 tonnes of pellets are manufactured annually in New Zealand, due to our strong forestry industry. The pellets are distributed by a well established network, with 10-20kg bags of pellets available at stores like Bunnings and Mitre 10. If you have room to store at least three tonnes (4.5m³) you can order in bulk direct from the manufacturer.
10-20kg bags are usually 58c to 67c per kilo. There are 5 kWh of energy in each kilo of fuel so the cost is 12c to 13c per kWh. Bulk delivery of pellets are available for a lower running cost of 8-10c/kWh, depending on your location. On average during winter an Easypell boiler will need refueling once a week, with ten 15kg bags.