Burning wood pellets or briquettes is an eco-friendly way to heat your home. The timber from which these products are made is locally sourced from within the UK, and is dry and clean. As well as a lower requirement for energy in terms of the manufacturing process and ease of transportation and delivery, the carbon dioxide produced when burnt is considered to be carbon neutral. This is because it is reabsorbed by the trees, therefore it is a sustainable source of energy. More detail concerning the replanting of trees can be found at Forest Stewardship Council
In addition to this, the burning of wood pellets or briquettes is especially eco-friendly because there are uses for the ash. A common example is to start a further fire, as charcoal will often start it more quickly than dry wood alone. Using a product of the burnt wood pellets is also more eco-friendly because of the cleanliness of the pellets, meaning a lack of toxins that may be present in specifically bought bags of charcoal. This results in reduced carbon emissions and a cleaner environment.
Another use for the ash is for compost and fertiliser. Adding it immediately to the soil can encourage natural fertilisation, while layering the ash on a compost heap can also be beneficial as it builds. An alternative use is for cleaning purposes. A damp rag or scourer will effectively clean brass, glass and silverware, which is a cheap and eco-friendly solution, as well as being very convenient. It can also have a dehumidifying effect if left in a container such as a can with holes, as well as a de-icing effect in an environmentally friendly way.
Although there are various uses for the ash produced by the burning of wood pellets and briquettes, it should be noted that the level of ash tends to be very minimal in reality, typically less than 0.7%.