Briquettes versus Pellets

Briquettes versus Pellets

Considering whether you should chose briquettes or pellets? Here are some arguments to why briquettes are an attractive alternative to pellets – because each has its advantages.


  • The main advantage of chosing briquettes is the tolerance and variety of raw materials that can be used.
  • Another advantage of briquetting is the lower investment and operation costs, which are normally significantly lower.
  • Usually briquette plants start from capacities of 250kg per hour and up, while industrial pellet plants start from 2000kg pr. hour.
  • The fuel values or calorific values for briquettes and pellets are similar.

For a quick overview, look at the following table:


Preparation of raw material*BriquettesPellets
Requirement for max particle size20x5x3mm2x2x2mm
Requirement for moisture content6-16%10% +/-0,5%

* Industrial briquettes and pellets

Operational costsBriquettes*Pellets**
Power consumption35kW per ton90kW per ton
Wear - spare and service parts - clean wood2 Euro per ton5 Euro per ton
Wear - spare and service parts - abrasive materials5 Euro per ton10-15 Euro per ton
Man power1 hour per 24 hour operation24 hours per 24 hour operation

* Data based on briquetting press with approx 1500kg per hour

** Data based on general information. Specific data should be obtained from the pellet press manufacturer

Data of briquettes and pelletsBriquettesPellets
Max. obtainable density1,21,2
Max. obtainable bulk weight per m3650kg700kg

Our claim is that you can supply your densified biomass to the energy plants at a lower price by making briquettes instead of pellets.