It is just a small cylinder of pressed wood, yet numerous myths and urban legends have been created around pellets. Is it the fault of fake news, rumours or simply popular beliefs that have persisted over time? Perhaps there are many causes, but today we are here to clear up some of the most common misunderstandings.

So if you are planning on buying pellets, we advise you to read to the bottom of this page.

1. The best pellets are the lighter-coloured ones. False!

Many believe that lighter pellets are synonymous with higher quality; however, this is only an indicator of the type of wood used and the temperatures reached during the drying and pressing process. The quality of a pellet is actually assessed through its residual moisture, the minimum presence of nitrogen, sulphur and chlorine, and the use of the right production process. The true indicator of a high-quality pellet? The ENplus® certification.

2. Pellets contribute to deforestation. False!

We will never stop repeating it: pellets are produced exclusively from wood waste, such as sawdust and shavings, which would otherwise be destined for disposal.

This enhances the value of wood processing residues in a circular economy. The pellet production process is strictly regulated and aims for maximum sustainability, thus protecting our forest resources.

3. Austrian pellets are always the best. False!

It is not uncommon to hear that Austrian pellets are the best on the market, given the long tradition and strict regulations imposed in Austria for their production. However, in recent years, many other European countries have achieved high quality standards.

The quality of pellets, therefore, does not depend on the country of origin but on compliance with regulations and certifications that guarantee high production standards.

4. Pellets smell. False!

There are people who believe that pellets give off an unpleasant smell. In reality, if the pellets are produced correctly, without chemical additives, their smell is that of burning wood.

If there is an unpleasant smell, it may be due to improper maintenance or the purchase of a non-certified, low-quality pellet.

5. Supermarket bought pellets are cheaper. Not always!

Finally, the dilemma of buying pellets at the supermarket: some say that it is always the cheapest, but this is not always the case. Besides the price, It’s also crucial to check the certification of the pellets.

Our advice? Buy pellets out of season, taking advantage of the low demand during the summer. Buying in advance and storing until the right time guarantees real savings in most cases.

Remember, good pellets not only improve the efficiency of your stove, but also contribute to a more eco-friendly and sustainable heating!

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