Does the pellet cost too much? Let’s find out the alternatives for real savings

The price of the pellets annoys consumers who prefer to look for alternatives that guarantee real savings.

The rush to buy pellet stoves is experiencing a drastic slowdown. Are there valid alternatives?

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After the increase in the price of gas following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and the consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia – Putin has decided to cut supplies to Europe – we have witnessed a rush to buy pellet stoves. The need to become independent from gas, in fact, has prompted many Italians to seek economic solutions more advantageous even if in the face of an important initial expense. THE bonuses activated by the government and the investment in the medium and long term have however convinced consumers to switch to pellets. But then, demand outstripped supply and bag prices doubled. Those who were about to choose pellets as a gas substitute are therefore taking a step back to evaluate other possibilities like those who have already proceeded with the purchase of stoves.

Pellets, the alternatives to be evaluated

Only the pellets burn and generate heat? Of course not, but you have to know compatibility of other materials so as not to risk damaging the stove. Consequently, before making any decisions it will be necessary consult the manufacturer o check the characteristics of the system on the web.

The economical alternatives to pellets are biomass that is substances of vegetable or animal organic origin useful for producing energy. To heat a room you need to focus on wood processing waste or agricultural waste. In the stove, therefore, instead of pellets, it will be possible to introduce (after appropriate checks) the wood chippomace pits, corn, the chopped fruit stones and chopped dried fruit shells.

We know biomass better

The wood chip it is obtained from untreated wood (trees, branches, prunings) chopped into 2/3 cm flakes. The calorific value varies between 2 and 3.5 kWh / kg according to the quality of the wood. The alternative is great for the low cost, come on 2 to 6 euros per quintal. The storage, however, is quite cumbersome.

Let’s move on to the pomace peanut, a waste from the pressing of the olives. The calorific value is estimated between 4.5 and 6.5 kWh / kg with a 20% better pellet yield. The costs are 20/22 euros per quintal but the finding is complicated. Let’s continue with the corn which once dried can be burned in pellet stoves. The calorific value is between 4 and 6 kWh / kg and the cost is about 20 euros per quintal. Its use, however, requires it to be mixed always with another product.

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Fruit kernels and dried fruit shells, the latest alternatives to pellets

We conclude by knowing the yield of fruit kernels and dried fruit shells. The former should have a calorific value of 4.7 kWh / kg for a cost of 20/22 euros per quintal. The information in this regard is not certain and the finding of the product is complicated. The same goes for dried fruit shells, preferably the almonds. The calorific value is unknown and the price hovers around to 19/21 euros per quintal.

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Does the pellet cost too much? Let’s find out the alternatives for real savings


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