Searching for a standard that reflected the high quality of brites the company became the first in the UK and Ireland to be audited for the ENplus standard prEN14961-2 which resulted in successful accreditation.
Unlike other standards the ENplus goes further than just product specification as it assesses the whole supply chain, ensuring that standardised high quality wood pellets are received by the end consumer. ENplus also guarantees a minimum calorific value or heat content and takes into account heavy metals produced during combustion, a factor that if unmonitored under other standards can lead to boiler corrosion and ultimately impact the lifespan of appliances.
brites are made from wood residue produced as a by-product of Balcas’ saw milling processes. The original timber is either spruce or pine locally sourced from sustainably managed forests, accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. No waste or recycled wood is used in the manufacturing process of brites.
By-product of their timber milling activities in the form of virgin wood material is fed into our Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant and Pellet Mills. The moisture level of the material is reduced to less than 10% before being forced through dies under high pressure. Breaker bars cut the material leaving the die at the correct length and as cooling takes place the naturally occurring lignin, inside the wood, binds the pellet together. The end product is a compressed wood pellets high in calorific value.