Imported vs UK Pellets


Are UK wood pellets better?

Many sellers stock cheap wood pellets imported from Europe. Although the prices are good and the pellets look identical, in our experience customer feedback has always been that UK wood pellets are less dusty and more consistent. They also produce less ash than imported brands.

The imported and unbranded pellets do have their uses. Many people use wood pellets for other purposes. Such as cat litter and horse bedding. However, if you’re buying for a biomass boiler, it pays to go for quality.

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Our UK wood pellets are higher quality than many of the cheaper imported pellets. We prefer UK pellets for a number of reasons:

  • They’re higher quality, so are less dusty
  • They have a much lower bark content, so produce a lot less ash
  • They’re made from sustainably-sourced UK softwoods
  • They are harvested, processed and packaged in the UK

We stock Woodlets, which are made in Girvan, South West Scotland. Woodlets are very high quality wood pellets with an excellent reputation. Because they’re so local to us, they have a lower carbon footprint as well. They are both ENPlus A1 rated and BSL Approved and are made using FSC timber.

Woodlets are also perfect for pizza ovens – check out our myth-busting blog post on pizza oven pellets.

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Quick guide to choosing the best Wood Fuel for your stove and lifestyle.

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*Break - We strongly recommend you break these briquettes in half (or less for very small stoves) because they do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to overfill the fire.
*Easy to light - We always use a Firelighter and Kindling Sticks to start our fires. Most briquettes are graded four stars to light because they are quite dense and require kindling.


  • All stove and flue combinations tend to have different burning characteristics. Fuel that works well in my stove may not work so well in your stove, and vice-versa.
  • Most modern stoves are more efficient than most older stoves, meaning a modern quality stove will burn fuel more economically and generate more heat over a longer period.
  • Always try to burn fuel with a 'lick of flame'. Smouldering fuel to try to extend burn time is bad for your stove, flue and the environment due to unburned particulate matter in the smoke.
  • Be prepared to break briquettes into smaller sections to fit into your stove comfortably. Many briquettes do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to expand onto the glass.
  • The chart above indicates which briquettes are easy to break. Some are small enough so they don't need breaking. This makes for a cleaner environment around your stove.
  • All briquettes, except Everyday Value and Hotmax, benefit hugely from using kindling to light them. I suggest five kindling sticks will be sufficient, meaning a net should last 30 days.