Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Skilled legal advice with
accessible & personal attention

Wood pellet heating in Canberra

By gasman - 14 August 2011 29

I’m looking to get together a Canberra-based buying group for wood pellet heaters.

If you are unfamiliar with wood pellet stoves, they are the most sustainable way to actively heat a home. They are fueled by wood pellets made from waste sawdust from sawmills, sawdust that would otherwise simply be burned at the site. These are not your grandfather’s slow combustion wood stove – these stoves are far more efficient, and because they burn at a very high temperature, there are almost no particulate emissions. They are common in Europe, with their strict pollution standards. They are easy to use with push-button ignition, once per year cleaning and computer-controlled thermostat. Some can be fitted with water heating or ducting options. And unlike traditional wood stoves, these look very stylish. Check out the websites for Ecoteck, Ravelli and Thermorossi.

The Canberra buying group would put in a large order with an Italian manufacturer, possibly get a group discount, certainly get a shipping discount and a large local group ensures a local market for yearly pellet deliveries from an Australian pellet manufacturer.

The plan would be to have them delivered by early next year, for use by next winter.

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
29 Responses to
Wood pellet heating in Canberra
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
RTG 10:41 am 19 Oct 15

XCanberra said :

A group of us in Armidale, northern NSW recently completed a research project looking at pellet heaters as an option to wood heaters, in order to reduce wood smoke pollution. We also looked at policy options for government and community.

One of our recommendations for Armidale, was to run a group buy scheme to get the industry kick started. We are also considering establishing a cooperative to buy pellets in bulk, until a manufacturer wants to set up locally. I imagine that it would not take long before someone started a commercial business selling heaters and pellets in a market as big as Canberra, but it might take a few people to kick things off.

Have a look at our report and see what might apply to your situation. Download from the Rural Industries Research and Development site at https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/12-065.

Pellet heaters and pellets are expensive but produce much lower emissions and can utilise sources of waste wood such as sawdust, rather than using dead and fallen timber which is much better as homes for native fauna.

While most of the benefits are public (clean air, less biodiversity impact), most of the higher cost is borne by individuals, so there is a strong case for public subsidisation of changes from wood heaters to pellet heaters.

Hi XCanberra,

I’ve read your report during research on pellet heaters. Have you found a supply of quality pellet heaters in the Armidale region? If so, where is your pellet supply coming from?

RTG 10:38 am 19 Oct 15

colguest said :

I am about to build a pellet mill in tasmania because of the interest in these fires as an cleaner and renewable source of heat .The pellet resource will be a by product of a salvage timber operation. We will be looking at exporting out of tasmania initially.It would be advisable to do some homework on the availability of pellets around your area as I understand there is a shortage in Australias southern states.

Colguest, did you end up putting a pellet mill in? How have you found the pellet market and demand for pellets in Tasmania?

RTG 10:37 am 19 Oct 15

Gasman,
Just interested to see how you went with purchasing a pellet heater.
a) did you end up buying one?
b) what brand did you go with?
c) where are you sourcing pellets from?
Cheers
Steph

neil 1:04 pm 17 Apr 15

Hey Gasman
Are you still doing anything with wood pellets? If so can you email you details to neil@offshoreprocurement.com.au

Wheatheaterman 3:09 pm 31 Jul 13

Hi XCanberra,
We have an Armidale agent who has one of our multi-fuel stoves installed. Also we now have a new model which runs perfectly on pellets as well for under $2,000.
Cheers,
Darron Crick.

XCanberra 12:11 pm 20 May 13

A group of us in Armidale, northern NSW recently completed a research project looking at pellet heaters as an option to wood heaters, in order to reduce wood smoke pollution. We also looked at policy options for government and community.

One of our recommendations for Armidale, was to run a group buy scheme to get the industry kick started. We are also considering establishing a cooperative to buy pellets in bulk, until a manufacturer wants to set up locally. I imagine that it would not take long before someone started a commercial business selling heaters and pellets in a market as big as Canberra, but it might take a few people to kick things off.

Have a look at our report and see what might apply to your situation. Download from the Rural Industries Research and Development site at https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/12-065.

Pellet heaters and pellets are expensive but produce much lower emissions and can utilise sources of waste wood such as sawdust, rather than using dead and fallen timber which is much better as homes for native fauna.

While most of the benefits are public (clean air, less biodiversity impact), most of the higher cost is borne by individuals, so there is a strong case for public subsidisation of changes from wood heaters to pellet heaters.

dungfungus 10:27 am 16 May 13

colguest said :

I am about to build a pellet mill in tasmania because of the interest in these fires as an cleaner and renewable source of heat .The pellet resource will be a by product of a salvage timber operation. We will be looking at exporting out of tasmania initially.It would be advisable to do some homework on the availability of pellets around your area as I understand there is a shortage in Australias southern states.

A lot of evil coal fired electric power stations in the UK are being converted to wood pellet fuel. While it is a sustainable fuel and ideal for domestic heating it is not the answer for power stations as it is imported, bulky and requires special handling (it can’t get wet).

Mav 9:24 am 16 May 13

Wheatheaterman said :

Hiya Gasman,
I have just seen your post and I think we can help you out in a big way,
We are a company in Ballarat (even colder than Canberra most of the time!) which uses and imports multifuel corn stoves from the US.
The corn stove is a similar beast to the pellet heater except for one glaring difference. Corn stoves will burn wood pellets as well as other biomass products like corn or wheat.
We run the unit in our house on wheat delivered straight off the header. Our house is 25sq and we use 13kg of wheat over a 24hr period. It costs us $2 per day to run!
Add to that the advantage of being able to switch fuel, not that we intend to. Why pay $650/tonne for wood pellets when you can buy wheat for $200/tonne at harvest? Plus sourcing pellets can be a nightmare – wheat is not going to run out anytime soon.
You do not need to place bulk orders with us to receive a super low price, we have low margins as we want high turnover. Typically our prices are half that of retail pellet heaters.
If you want more info you can go to the website snowflamepelletstoves.com
You will find our contact details in the dealer section and I look forward to hearing from you or anyone else who is serious about cheap environmentally sustainable heating.
Thank you and good luck,

What would it cost to ship one of these to Canberra?

From reading your website it would seem that it does not require a flue as such only a rear vent through a wall. I wonder if this would still need the same planning permission that is required for flued wood heaters here in the ACT?

Seems like the ideal heater for what we are looking for as gas central heating here has become way too expensive and looks set to rise again by 10%.

jimjim 7:45 am 21 Nov 11

well
Have you have any luck finding any stoves yet.
we have loads here in Sweden from Fugly to good looking ones.
from cheap to expensive. But reliable. and thats whats counts.
give me a mail back

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site