Pellets for Pizza Ovens – Myth Busting


Why you don’t have to use Hardwood pellets for pizza ovens……

Pizza ovens have soared in popularity this year, we’ve even got an Ooni oven of our own! There’s something really satisfying about making your own, woodfired pizzas from scratch in your back garden and pellets for pizza ovens have become big business!

two bags of pizza oven pellets in front of an Ooni pizza oven woodfuel coop

But we’ve noticed that there is an enormous range of wood pellets available, and some at equally enormous prices.

So, it made sense to us to do a little bit of research and, combining that with our product knowledge and experience, we’ve come up with some myth-busting tips for you.

1: My pizza oven manufacturer says that I must use hardwood pellets.

We say: That’s not true at all! You get exactly the same results from softwood pellets, here’s a comparison….

Wood Pellet BrandOoni Pellets (branded)Woodlets Pellets
FSC Certified Sustainable?NoYes
EN Plus A1 Certified?NoYes
Country Of OriginImportedUK (Scotland)
Ash Content<0.7%<0.2%
Moisture Content<10%<7%
Calorific Value KWhr/kg4.84.8

So, you can see from this chart that the calorific value is the same and this means that the amount of heat and energy that the pellets produce is identical.

What does this chart show us?

What this chart also shows us is that the Woodlets pellets actually perform better in many ways because they have lower ash and moisture contents, meaning a cleaner oven and a cleaner burn. Our British-made pellets also have a much lower carbon footprint and meet the strict FSC and ENplus A1 accreditation standards. These assure you that the pellets come from sustainably managed sources and meet the highest quality standards.

Wood pellets for pizza ovens

2: But Hardwood burns longer than softwood…….

We say: If you’re burning logs then yes, this is completely true. But you’re burning compressed pellets and so there is actually no difference. The main difference between hardwoods and softwoods is the density, there are more gaps in the structure of softwood, meaning that it burns faster in natural log form.

During the process of pellet manufacture, the sawdust is compressed into pellets which are the same size, they simply squeeze more material into the softwood ones and so the mass and density is the same.

3: They’re more expensive so they must be better…

We say: Not at all, hardwood is more expensive than softwood, but as we’ve already discussed, there is no need to burn hardwoods. It’s a little bit like buying a designer T shirt. You may not necessarily get a better quality, but you’re paying for a brand name. Pellets for pizza ovens are the same in a way, we should be shopping for sustainability, performance and quality rather than a designer brand.

We rate our Woodlets Pellets very highly for use in pizza ovens.

Pizza Oven Wood Pellets

UK Made – From well managed, sustainable forestry

ENplus A1 Certification – Read more about this standard

Gives the same results as branded, hardwood pellets

Low Carbon Footprint

A fraction of the price!

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

Wood Fuel Co-operative

*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.