FAQs

South East Wood Fuels Ltd

A leading supplier of high quality wood fuels

 

What areas do you supply to?

SEWF supply wood pellet and wood chip to customers all across the south east of England including London. We currently have 9 supply hubs providing a wood chip delivery service to customers in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex and Kent. (See map below). We supply wood pellet to a much wider area so please call if you have a need outside this geographical area.

With wood chip we aim to supply as locally as possible ideally within a 30 mile radius of our hubs to enhance the sustainability and cost effectiveness of supply. With this in mind we are always looking to develop new hubs to satisfy the growing demand for wood fuel heating. If we do not have a hub near your needs we will look at building one.

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What vehicles do you supply in?

For wood chip deliveries, our most common delivery is via 8 wheeler tipper vehicles with an average load size of 30m3 or about 8 tonnes. We increasingly supply our major customers in larger walking floor vehicles delivering 90-100m3 (20-22tonnes).

We can also deliver using hook bins and in smaller size vehicles delivering 15-20m3 (4-5 tonnes) if needed.

For designers it is important to consider vehicles size when implementing new systems. Transport is a big part of the chip cost. The cost of delivery is not significantly different for each load size so the bigger the delivery the silo can take, the better the chip price will be.

See the attached for generic dimensions for our delivery vehicles. DeliveryVehicleDimensionsC.pdf

For wood pellet deliveries we use modern specialist vehicles designed to deliver bulk pellets with minimal degradation, low noise and dust extraction.

For bulk wood pellet, we deliver in:

  • 18 tonne 8 wheeler vehicles with these dimensions: 9.6m (L) x 2.5m (W) x 2.9m (H)
  • 24 tonne articulated vehicles with these dimensions: 18 (L) x 3.5m (W) x 4m (H)

For the delivery of pallets of pellets, we use two types of vehicle

  • An 18 tonne vehicle: 9.8m (L) x 2.8m (W) x 3.7m (H)
  • And a 7.5 tonne vehicle: 7.9m (L) x 2.5m (W) x 3.7m (H)

Is there enough wood fuel for UK wood heating systems?

Yes. Concerns are sometimes raised over whether the UK has sufficient woodland stocks to support a sustainable supply of wood fuel for growing numbers of boilers. In fact there is extensive capacity for wood fuel in the UK, particularly in the south east which is the most wooded part of England. The Forestry Commission (FC) estimates that in England, for both broadleaf and conifers, the annual growth increment in trees is 7.1 million tonnes, of which 3.5 million are harvested and used, leaving 3.5 million tonnes in any one year currently not utilised. There is also a significant level of under-utilised woodland from many years of under-management across the UK. One FC estimate suggests a resource of more than 20 million tonnes. Add to this another 771,000 tonnes of co-product from sawmilling and this contributes to a significant available resource for wood fuel.

Does this mean there is enough wood to replace all fossil fuels? No – and nor would this be appropriate. Sustainable biomass is part of the mix of low-carbon options we will need to transition to low or even net zero carbon economy. Wood energy is part of an overall renewable energy response to climate change, and plays a vital part in bringing wood energy production into the local economy.

Sustainably managing the woodland resource going forwards will be critical to a thriving wood energy industry. The UK is already a world leader in sustainable management of its forests and evidence of sustainable sourcing for wood fuel is now being built into the governments’ RHI payments scheme through the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). You can find more on this topic from OFGEM, BEIS and the BSL.

Isn’t cutting down trees bad?

“A Woodland that Pays is a Woodland that Stays” – Matthew Woodcock, Forestry Commission, 2017

Much of the UK’s woodland is under-managed or not managed at all. Unmanaged woodland is often unhealthy woodland, to the detriment of vigorous tree growth as well as overall biodiversity. Birds, wild flowers and butterflies need light to thrive, and a more actively managed woodland provides this.

Bringing woodlands back into sustainable management offers many benefits in addition to opening up a significant renewable wood fuel resource. This includes encouraging the growth of more woodlands, generating income and jobs for hard hit rural economies, and creating localised energy security.

Furthermore, it has been shown that ‘arboricultural arisings’ (the wood from tree surgery and pruning) that used to lack a market is now contributing substantial carbon savings. Previously over 68% of this material was simply going to waste (Woodfuel Resource Study) but this is changing rapidly as suppliers like SEWF source the material and ensure quality control. Other sources have also been identified, such as recovered wood, and even the creation of new woodlands.

Is SEWF registered with the BEIS Biomass Suppliers List (BSL)?

Yes. The BEIS biomass suppliers list (BSL) is vital part of the Governments’ RHI funding scheme for Wood heating. It ensures that all wood fuel comes from sustainable sources and delivers on the carbon savings it promises. SEWF was one of the first companies to register for the list and we meet all the sustainability criteria for our products. This means clients who receive RHI payments can rest assured over the sustainability of their fuel.

 
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