Thank you for visiting the PelHeat website. Since 2007 we have been marketing pellet mills and plants for a wide range of clients and materials.
The pellet machines and plants we offer are made here in the UK and are based on mill designs which has been in production for over 50 years. We specialise in high quality small scale machines for the research and commercial sector. We acknowledge that our equipment cannot meet everyone’s requirements or budget, therefore we also offer our online consultation service. If you are looking to purchase a different pellet mill / plant or have already done so and you are experiencing issues the pellet mill or other equipment we are here to help.
Wood Pellets For Fuel And Animal Bedding
The most common type of pellets our enquires relate to are wood pellets. The pellet heating market has grown considerably in the US and Europe over the last decade, therefore there is a growing wood pellet demand. However not all wood pellets are created equal. The grade of raw material and the type of pellet mill you use can make a significant difference to the value of the pellets you produce.
Biomass Materials Including Grasses and Energy Crops
While the wood pellet is firmly the market leader in the fuel pellet industry there are other materials which can be used in the pellet press to produce fuel pellets. Some biomass materials are more suitable than others due to potential issues with high ash contents, clinker formations and corrosion damage to pellet stoves or boilers. Pellet mill performances changes depending on the material used.
The Pellet Mills and Plants We Offer
As stated above we focus on small scale equipment, the smallest of which is our Mini Pellet Mill and Mini Hammer Mill. This equipment is often used as a starting point for research and commercial projects before investment in a pellet plant. This pellet mill can be setup to operate from a domestic single phase electrical supply or a three phase supply. The machine uses a ring die instead of a flat die mill design, the press is designed and made here in the UK.
The pellet plants we offer produce 250 kg/h of fuel pellets (wood or biomass) with a single mill and can be scaled up with a multiple press plant producing up to 2,000 kg/h. For other materials such as feed pellets which are produced to a lower density the plants can produce considerably more. The pellet plants are setup to each individual customers requirements depending on available space, power etc.
Q: Are your pellet mills suitable to produce pellets at home?
A: While our smallest machine the Mini Pellet Mill can use a domestic electrical connection it is only really designed for research/testing purposes and as a starting point for a commercial project.
Q: Do you sell cheap flat die pellet mills imported from China?
A: We only supply pellet mills made here in the UK which are based on ring die designs.
Q: What are the benefits of the ring die design over the flat die design for pellet mills?
A: There are a number of benefits, for instance eliminating roller slip, which leads to increased die and roller wear. This reduction in friction leads a reduction in energy consumption, therefore it requires less energy to produce pellets with a ring die machine over a flat die machine.
Q: Can all your pellet presses process wood, including hardwoods?
A: Yes all of our pellet mills including the Mini Pellet Mill can process both softwoods and hardwoods into pellets suitable for fuel or animal bedding. We produce specific dies for the machines for the specific material you wish to process.
Q: Do all your pellet mills require a three phase electrical connection?
A: The Mini Pellet Mill is offered as either a single phase or three phase machine, we can even offer the Mini Pellet Mill for 110V single phase for our US clients. However, all our larger pellet mills from our pellet plants require a three phase connection.
Q: Can your pellet mills process paper and cardboard into pellets?
A: The answer to this question is yes, but with a specific requirement. The paper/cardboard will have to be processed by a cross cutting shredder to produce small squares (5mm x 5mm). If the paper/cardboard is just shredded through a standard hammer mill for instance the resulting light/fluffy material will not flow well through our feed augers and hoppers.
Q: Are your pellet machines and plants able to produce EN Plus grade fuel pellets.
A: EN Plus requires that the wood fuel pellets have a sufficiently high density, the ash content is below 0.5% and the percentage of fine (dust) is below 1%. Our pellet mills and plants are capable of producing wood pellets to this standard. However it is also dependant on the raw material being suitable. For instance the bark content of the wood would have to be practically zero to produce an ash content of 0.5%.
Q: Can the same pellet press or pellet plant be used to produce both fuel and feed pellets?
A: Yes, generally the same equipment is required to produce both fuel and feed pellets. However what does need to change is the die used in the pellet mill. We produce specific dies for each client depending on the material they wish to process. We can change the diameter of the holes and the compression ratio so you can produce high density fuel pellets and low density animal feeds with the same pellet mill. We often provide a range of dies with a pellet press order so our clients can process a wide range of materials.
Q: Can your pellet mills process other biomass materials such as grasses and straws into pellets?
A: Yes, we can offer a suitable pellet mill and die for pretty much any biomass material including energy crops such as Switchgrass and Miscanthus and Hemp shiv. Potentially these pellets can be used as fuel pellets however generally they do produce more ash than wood pellets, therefore this does have to be considered with their market potential.
Q: Do you offer a mobile pellet plant?
A: It is possible to fit our smallest plant onto the back of a 40 foot trailer, however this does have additional costs over the standard plant and it is more difficult to maintain etc. The technical challenges of designing and operating a mobile pellet mill are considerable, therefore it’s generally more suitable to position a small scale stationary plant close to source of the raw material and ideally close to the end users.
Q: Do you export your pellet mills and plants?
A: Yes, we have many clients all over the world, many of whom have purchased the Mini Pellet Mill for research and testing purposes. These include Universities, government research centres and businesses. We setup the control panel on the Mini Pellet Mill to suit the single phase or three phase requirements of your local supply.
Q: Is the Mini Pellet Mill suitable for the production of wood pellets?
A: The Mini Pellet Mill is a very small machine with a productivity of only 20-30 kg/h of wood pellets or other biomass fuel pellets. As the machine requires supervision it is not viable as a production machine. The exception to this is if you are producing pellets that high value in small quantities, for instance BBQ pellets or custom animal/bird/fish feeds. In this scenario the Mini Pellet Mill could be a viable production machine, however in most cases it is used as a research/testing machine and to conduct market research/secure funding before investment in a pellet plant.
Q: Does the material have to be a specific size or moisture content for the pellet mill?
A: Yes, all pellets mills either supplied by us or other manufactures/retailers require the material as a general rule to be below a moisture content of 15% and a particle size of 6mm. This means the material may require drying or reducing in size through a hammer mill. For the Mini Pellet Mill we also offer a Mini Hammer Mill for size reduction however we do not offer a small scale dryer. For our pellet plants we can offer drying solutions.
Q: Are your pellet machines suitable for producing hop pellets?
A: Yes, we have produced pellet presses with suitable dies that can produce a medium density pellet without the temperature exceeding 55 degrees Celsius and damaging the hops.