The energy crisis has forced many users to change their plans for this winter, opting for other alternatives to heat their homes, such as wood or pellet stoves. All of this is aimed at reducing the number of your utility bills.
However, this has also increased the price of this fuel, especially in the case of pellets. Fortunately, a new material for manufacturing them has emerged that will once again bring down costs, we tell you what it is below.
Flax pellets, the solution to flax fuel shortages
Pellet stoves are a very effective alternative to heat our home and much more economical than other energy systems. But the crisis we are experiencing is also affecting the cost of your fuel.
The price of pellets has experienced a 67% increase over the last 12 months. This has caused many users to stop considering this device as a suitable alternative for their home because the savings that could be achieved until now have dropped substantially.
However, in France, an alternative has emerged that makes it possible to obtain a much more affordable pellet with the same calorific value. We are talking about the pellet made from flax.
In case you have not heard of it, we will tell you that flax is an herbaceous plant with many uses, such as the production of flour and other foods, the creation of fabrics, etc. Today, it is a product grown worldwide, although France is one of the largest exporters.
This is precisely what prompted France to begin research 10 years ago to convert flax straw pellets into good fuel. Specifically, a mixture of the plant’s reeds is used, which is compacted into the shape of pellets so that it can be used more easily in stoves.
But this is not the only country experimenting with this new technology, in Canada, they have also started working with it and have launched a plant that will produce up to 60,000 tons per year to meet the demand.
The great advantage of this fuel is that, with the rising prices of traditional pellets, it has now become a much more economical alternative for users. This makes pellet stoves still an option to consider if we want to heat our home with an ecological source, which generates good performance and helps us save.