Heating: pellets or pellets, what’s the difference?
Through John Foucault
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The atmosphere of a wood fire, without the smell of the chimney fire, and a power that allows you to reduce heating costs. the pellet stove attracts more and more households.
A booming type of heating, fueled by government incentives for self-equipment, the ban on installing oil or coal-fired boilers since July 1, 2022, and boosted by the war in Ukraine and runaway inflation.
Already between 2020 and 2021, “pellet stove sales increased by 41% and pellet boiler sales by 120%, with 180,000 and 32,000 units respectively,” according to a press release from Propellet, the national association of wood pellet heating professionals.
But before you get started, you need to be precise from the start: wood pellets or pellets, is there a difference?
Wood pellets or pellets?
When the two terms are used, they actually mean the same thing. “The wood pellets […] is also known by the English term “pellet”, explains Propellet on its website.
“For etymology lovers, ‘pellet’ is a term used on the English site because of its bullet-like shape,” adds a Propellet spokesperson News.fr.
Pellets or pellets are therefore the same thing, namely “a fuel that takes the form of small cylinders made of 100% natural wood”.
Wood pellets come primarily from the compaction of by-products from sawmills, such as sawdust and shavings. […] It is a very homogeneous, dry, dense and liquid fuel. Its very low moisture content (less than 10%) gives it a high calorific value and allows excellent performance of heating devices.
ovens and boilers
So if you find the designation pellet stove or pellet stove, that’s normal. Not to be confused with the pellet boiler, which uses the same fuel but in a different situation.
The pellet boiler is a central heating device that “will produce hot water from wood pellets stored in a silo,” specifies TotalEnergies.
The pellet stove, on the other hand, is used more as a stand-alone heater, a bit like a wood stove, which in turn uses logs as fuel (and not pellets).
A competitive product
But be careful, with rising energy costs (gas and electricity) and inflation, the cost of pellets has also skyrocketed and has almost doubled in one year.
“We are between 80 and 100% above the same period last year”, emphasizes Eric Vial, General Delegate of Propellet, and specifies, “however, due to the economic situation, pellets are growing less than other energies and ultimately will never have been so competitive”.
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