Not all wood pellets are created equal. Standards and certifications provide guidance as to quality, however, there are a broad range of these, and some wood pellet manufacturers opt to meet lower thresholds to save costs. Azwood Energy is different, Azwood Energy stands for quality. That is why Azwood Energy chooses to produce its premium wood pellet fuel to the highest specification available. The ENplus® certification process to which Azwood ascribes guarantees the quality of its wood pellets to an international standard - a standard that no other New Zealand wood pellet manufacturer can boast. This article explains what Azwood Energy’s ENplus®A1 certification means for you.
A brand trusted globally, with 10 million tonnes of certified pellets produced in 2018, ENplus® is today the world-leading, impartial and independent certification scheme for wood pellet quality, produced and traded by nearly 900 companies from over 45 countries.
What makes ENplus® certification unique is its ability to guarantee high and consistent product quality. It does this by ensuring compliance with a stringent list of standards for pellet fuel. These clear and coherent requirements are enforced by network of auditors who guarantee the constant quality of pellets with an annual inspections and quality follow-ups. Also setting the ENplus® scheme apart is that it systematically certifies the entire supply chain from early production to end-of-delivery. All staff along the supply chain follow detailed guidelines and receive dedicated training to ensure top quality in the pellet fuel they deliver.
There are three levels of ENplus® certification: A1, A2, B. Azwood Energy holds the highest rating, ENplus® A1.
This certification denotes that Azwood Energy’s wood pellets are tested and meet a variety of technical specifications. These include set length and diameter but, more importantly for the pellet user, the pellets are assessed for mechanical durability, percentage of fines and bulk density. Azwood Energy’s ENplus® A1 pellets stand above others, particularly, in their durability, which means they are more robust through packaging, handling and transportation, producing fewer fines and a cleaner, better burn. Pellets are tested for ash and moisture content, which must fall within set parameters. Pellets’ calorific values are monitored, as are the percentage of additives they contain.
Ultimately, this strict monitoring guarantees that your pellet fire will perform at its optimum capabilities when fuelled with Azwood Energy’s ENplus® A1 pellets. This is evidenced by the fact that some manufacturers of pellet fires stipulate use of ENplus® A1-certifed pellets, only, in their appliances. Rika fires, for example, note in their manual, http://www.zinkltd.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/COMO.pdf that failure to use ENplus® A1 pellets “..will have a negative effect on the function of your pellet stove and can also lead to the warranty becoming null and void…”.
In short, the ENplus®A1 certification saves you time and energy checking product specifications against standards required for optimal use of your pellet fuel appliance.