We’ve been selling Ooni (formerly Uuni) pizza ovens and wood pellet fuel since Ooni’s launch many years back. We have cooked a lot of pizzas in them over the years using our British Virgin Timber Wood Pellets. Once we catered for about 80 hungry crew one evening at the Green Gathering (using two Uuni 3s running concurrently). That kind of pushed the ovens (and me) to the limit.
Local versus imported pellets
We have stocked wood pellets for many years as backup fuel for our ‘Woodgas stoves‘ (our backpacking range of wood-fuelled cookers) and have thought a lot about quality and provenance of the fuel. We alway stock British-made pellets, made from guaranteed virgin timber, with no additives or ‘binding agents’.
Binders are chemicals that are added to some pellets to make them stick together – particularly important for long international journeys. Our pellets are bound together by the natural lignin in the wood, and a high-pressure pelletising process. Our pellets also don’t make long journeys so don’t need any additional binding chemicals.
Buying local means we can guarantee lower carbon footprint of the pellets, as well as know that we are supporting British agro-forestry and industry.
Softwood alternative to hardwood pellets
We sell British pellets from local companies, in convenient bags that are also sold for use in heating pellet boilers. They work brilliantly in the Ooni, they have been tested by us and customers over many years, have a great track-record, and are lower carbon footprint and thus more sustainable than imported pellets.