Pellet Fires Tasmania expands heating options

WELL known for developing the pellet industry in Tasmania, Pellet Fires Tasmania has added Rinnai to its product line up, now offering complete heating solutions including pellet, wood, gas and electric.

Tasmania’s largest pellet plants are in operation supplying locally-made pellet fuel to the expanding pellet heating market.

Neville Smith Forrest Products pellet mill in Launceston and Oakdale Industries in Hobart supply all the heating needs for Tasmanian customers who own pellet heaters.

Local company Pellet Fires Tasmania still imports pine pellet fuel to complement the local supply of hardwood pellets, providing customers with choice and variety.

They also love the pine pellets for cat litter as it’s clean and economical and has smoking pellets for barbecues and smokers.

Pellet Fires Tasmania owner Rob Douglas said pellet heaters provided the warmth of a wood heater, but with the convenience of a gas heater.

“We even have WiFi now, so you can turn your heater on or off from work if you wish,” he said.

“Many people tell us that heat pumps just don’t provide the degree of comfort they want and that they are looking for alternatives.

“However, we believe that pellet heaters and heat pumps complement each other when used properly.

“We do sell heat pumps and wood and gas heating.”

Mr Douglas said a pellet heater created warmth by burning small wood pellets, which were manufactured in Tasmania and made from sawdust – a recycled by-product of sawmills.

“Pellet heaters are clean burning, virtually smoke free and controlled by a thermostat that contains a programmable timer to automatically turn them on and off,” he said.

“Sales for pellet heating has skyrocketed as a result of the abundant pellet fuel supply and has become the preferred choice for people who cannot get cost effective natural gas or do not want to manage a wood heater.”

Mr Douglas said it costed around $700 per winter to heat a typical Tasmanian home using pellet heating.

“Pellet fuel sells from $11 per 15-kilogram bag in Hobart, which equates to less than 0.16 cents per kilowatt hour of heating energy,” he said.

“One tonne of pellets equals more than four tonnes of firewood and with a 15-kilogram bag of pellets burning for up to 28 hours, pellets are a very cost-effective heat source.”

Pellet Fires Tasmania has the largest range of pellet heaters in the country, with more than 21 models to choose from and a range of hydronic pellet heaters for central heating.

It has showrooms and fuel depots in Hobart, Ulverstone and Launceston to ensure statewide fuel distribution and pellet heater customer service.

The Hobart store has just become a Trusted Rinnai Specialist and has a large range of Rinnai heating products on display including gas log fires, gas space heaters, ducted gas systems, gas/electric/solar hot water and of course, the fantastic Rinnai range of heat pumps (air-conditioners).

Pellet Fires Tasmania also markets Australian designed and made wood heaters from Eureka and Aranbe including double sided, bay windows, freestanding, fireplace in-built and open fires.

“What makes us different to everyone else is our Pellet Club, which provides a range of lifetime benefits for our customers, plus statewide installation and service technicians,” Mr Douglas said.

For more information, visit www.pellet.com.au.

Caption: Pellet Fires Tasmania owner Rob Douglas.

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