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 can also deliver in smaller size vehicles delivering 15-20m3 (4-5 tonnes) if needed and also in larger walking floor vehicles delivering 90-100m3 (20-22tonnes).

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. There are two types of vehicle carrying between 14 -18 tonnes.

  • The 8 wheeler dimensions are 9.9m(l) x 3.5m9(h) x 2.7m(w) x and can carry 18 tonnes or 25m3.
  • The 6 wheeler is shorter 9.1m(l) but higher at 4m (h), same width at 2.7m (h) 14.5 tonnes or 20m3.

Is there enough wood fuel?

Common concerns, often raised are whether the UK has sufficient woodland stocks to support a sustainable supply of wood fuel and also after years of being told to “plant a tree’ whether its beneficial to cut them down ? There is extensive capacity for wood fuel in the UK particularly in the south east which is the most wooded part of the England. The Forestry Commission estimates that in England for both broadleaf and conifer the annual increment is 7.1 million tonnes, of which 2.9 million are harvested and used already leaving 4.2 million tonnes in any one year currently unutilised. Add to this another 771,000 tonnes of co-product from sawmilling and this contributes to a significant available resource.

Does this mean there is enough wood to replace all fossil fuels? No and nor would this be appropirate. Increasingly weare needing to seek more local, more relevant options for meeting our energy needs. Wood energy as part of an overall renewable energy response to climate change plays a vital part in this bringing energy production into the local economy.

Sustainably managing the wood land resource going forwards will be critical to a thriving wood energy industry. The UK is already a world leader in sustainable management of it forests and evidence of sustainable sourcing for wood fuel is now being built into the governments’ Renewable Heat Incentive payments scheme. You can find more on this topic at the Biomass Energy Centre and from OFGEM.

Isn’t cutting down trees bad?

Much of the UK’s woodland is under-managed or not managed at all. Unmanaged woodland is actually unhealthy woodland, to the detriment of vigorous tree growth as well as overall biodiversity.

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) currently lacks a market. Some figures suggest that over 68% of this material is simply going to waste (Woodfuel Resource Study). Using this by-product of woodland management would create value in this waste wood, if it can be used as biomass fuel. Other sources have also been identified, such as recovered wood, and even the creation of new woodlands.

Is SEWF registered with DECCs’ Biomass Suppliers List?

DECC’s biomass suppliers list is vital part of the Governments’ RHI funding scheme for Wood heating. It is intended to ensure that all wood fuel comes from sustainable sources and delivers on the carbon savings it promises. We are pleased to say that SEWF was one of the first companies to register for the list and will be meeting all the sustainability criteria as they are implemented over the coming months. This means clients will continue to be able to receive RHI payments from fuel bought from us. As a company committed to supplying sustainable energy, South East Wood Fuels is pleased to support this new aspect of the RHI scheme.

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