With wood pellets offering advantages like reducing your heating costs and, in turn, your carbon footprint, it’s no surprise that they’re already a staple in Europe’s energy sector. Wood pellets are essentially made from compressed sawdust and wood waste, which are used as fuel in fireplaces. They heat the room to a pre-set temperature, optimising efficiency and keeping the room consistently warm. How does it work?
- The multi-fire system distributes heat evenly throughout the room, maintaining an ideal temperature from the floor to the ceiling.
- The system draws hot air from the ceiling level and distributes it via a fan on the floor level.
- It also allows for the hot air to be distributed to multiple rooms via ducting – up to 10m away from the unit.
We got the low-down from Calore Fireplaces about why they’ve chosen to use wood pellets in their new ecofriendly range of fireplaces and stoves. Here, they offer 10 reasons why we should consider this alternative technology… 1. Can replace fossil fuel fireplaces Wood pellet fireplaces can replace oil and LPG fireplaces for people that are off the grid in rural areas. In addition, if you’re using a gas central heating system, then you could still save money and the environment by fitting a wood pellet fireplaces. 2. Fully automatic control Modern pellet fireplaces are fully automatic and extremely easy to use. You’ll have the same sort of control and flexibility of a traditional fireplace, but your new fireplace will be much more economical to run. 3. Automatic ignition and cleaning Many models of wood pellet units feature an automatic ignition, and self cleaning system, which means that you don’t have to do much at all in order to keep your home supplied with heat and hot water.
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4. Less bulky fuel than logs or wood chips Wood pellets are much smaller than logs or wood chips and so are easy to store and move around. In addition, as these pellets are manufactured, the quality can be maintained and guaranteed, so that you know you’ll always be able to get the best premium pellets to provide your heat and hot water. 5. Domestic installations You can use these units for domestic and commercial heating, so no matter whether you need to save money, or want to do your bit for the environment at home, there is a wood pellet fireplace for you. 6. Highly efficient With many pellet fireplaces providing well over 90% efficiency, you’ll get much more heat from your pellets than from other sources of heating such as gas or oil. Your old fireplace could be as little as 60% efficient, and so you might be spending more money on your heating than you need to. 7. Commercial insulations As well as suitable for domestic installations, wood pellet fireplaces can be used by those who generate a lot of heat and hot water. Hotels, sports clubs, leisure centres, care homes, gyms, hospitals, pubs and many more types of business can benefit from lower energy costs by using one of these fireplaces.
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8. Low running costs Wood pellets are likely to be cheaper than your current fuel, especially if you’re using oil for your heating. Long term fixed price contracts are available from some pellet suppliers, so you’ll be able to accurately budget for your heating costs, years in advance. 9. Long life Thanks to the fantastic build quality and attention to detail, your new fireplace will last you for many years. By following the manufacturer’s cleaning and servicing schedule, you will be able to rely on your fireplace to provide you with the heat and hot water you need for your family or your customers. 10. Value for money Wood pellet fireplaces offer incredible value for money, and when the government funded RHI (Renewable Heating Incentive), which pays a quarterly amount to those using renewable heating, making these fireplaces an even more attractive proposition. Pellet stoves are made in South Africa and are available at Calore retail stores. For more information contact 021-425-4192 (Cape Town) and 011-796-5098 (Joburg) or visit calore.co.za. Text and images Calore Fireplaces READ MORE: Build eco-dreams with sustainable practice How to green your kitchen How to survive load-shedding