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Wood-fuelled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers.
A stove burns logs or pellets to heat a single room - and may be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well. A boiler burns logs, pellets or chips, and is connected to a central heating and hot water system. A wood-fuelled biomass boiler could save you up to £990 a year compared to electric heating.
The benefits of biomass heating
1. Affordable heating fuel
Although the price of wood fuel varies considerably, it is often cheaper than other heating options.
2. Financial support
3. A low-carbon option
The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing. The process is sustainable as long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel. There are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, but as long as the fuel is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels.
Costs, savings and financial support
For boilers, an automatically fed pellet boiler for an average home costs between £9,000 and £21,000, including installation, flue, fuel store and VAT at 5 per cent. Manually fed log boiler systems can be slightly cheaper.
Pellet costs depend mainly on the size and method of delivery. If you have room for a large fuel store that will accept several tonnes of pellets at a time, delivered in bulk by tanker, you can keep the cost down to around £220 per tonne in most parts of the UK.
Logs can be cheaper than pellets, but costs depend on the wood suppliers in your local area, as they cost a lot to transport.If you have room to store more than a year’s worth of logs you can save money by buying unseasoned logs and letting them season for a year.
Savings in carbon dioxide emissions are very significant - up to 15.7 tonnes a year - when a wood-fuelled boiler replaces a solid (coal) fired system. Financial savings are more variable - if you replace an older gas heating system with a wood-burning system you might save up to £225 a year, but if you are replacing an old electric heating system you could save as much as £990 per year. This table shows how much you could save by installing pellet central heating in a typical four-bedroom detached house with basic insulation.
England, Scotland and Wales
Financial support for biomass
You may be able to receive payments for the heat you produce from a wood boiler or a pellet stove with back boiler through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
- All biomass fuel used by RHI participants must be sourced from a supplier on the Biomass Suppliers List at the time the fuel was purchased. This is a list of suppliers of sustainable biomass fuel.
- It is advisable to check whether your fuel supplier is registered on the Biomass Suppliers list before entering into any long term supply contract.
- Not all fuels supplied by suppliers on the BSL are sustainable as a supplier may supply more than one type of fuel. You should check with your supplier, or prospective supplier, which of their fuels are registered
Biomass boilers and stoves should be kept clean and swept regularly to remove ash. Ash quantities are generally very low (less than one per cent of fuel volume), but you will still need to empty the ash bin of a wood burning stove or boiler. This is likely to be weekly and never more than once a day. A log fire requires ash removal before every use.
Some appliances, particularly boilers, have self-cleaning systems which will collect ash from the combustion grate and the heat exchanger tubes. If there is no automatic ash cleaning mechanism in place the boiler will need to be shut down periodically so that this can be done by hand. If the ash is not cleaned out regularly, it will build up and adversely affect combustion conditions, which can lead to boiler failure and shut down. Some boilers have a mechanism for compressing the ash which reduces the number of times the ash bin needs to be emptied.
Choosing a wood-fuelled heating system
Boiler or stove?
Boilers can be used in place of a standard gas or oil boiler to heat radiators for a whole house, and to heat the hot water. Stoves are used to heat a single room, usually in conjunction with other heating systems, but may also have a back boiler to provide hot water. Stoves are not eligible under the domestic RHI unless it is a pellet stove with a back boiler.
Chips, pellets or logs?
Chips are used to heat larger buildings or groups of houses.
Pellets are much easier to use and much more controllable than logs. Pellet boilers can run automatically in much the same way that gas or oil boilers operate. Most pellet and chip burners use automatic fuel feeders which refill them at regular intervals.
Log-burning stoves and boilers have to be filled with wood by hand and require considerably more work. You will need a lot of logs to heat a whole house, but they can be cheaper than pellets if you have a good local supply.
Do you have a local fuel supplier?
Some companies now offer deliveries of pellets anywhere in mainland Britain and Northern Ireland while the supply of logs is more variable.
Do you have space?
Wood boilers are larger than gas or oil equivalents and you will need space to store the fuel. This area will need to be somewhere that's handy for deliveries as well as appropriate for feeding the boiler.
Do you have somewhere to put the flue?
You will need a flue which meets the regulations for wood-burning appliances. This could be a new insulated stainless steel flue pipe or an existing chimney, though chimneys normally need lining to make them safe and legal.
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Wood Pellet Boilers are excellent solutions for renewable heat sources. They’re highly efficient, can be fully automated, save space compared to alternative products, and burn a waste product as the energy source.
The RHI can pay most of the costs of installation.
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Additionally Renewable Living Ltd (our parent company) has extensive experience of many different sorts of boilers including:
- Burnit Boilers
- La Nordica / Extraflame
- Herz Boilers
Wood pellet boilers can be located in a number of different areas/rooms of a property. They can also be used in combination with other heating such as Solar. They’re rated at different outputs e.g. 25 kW.
Popularity of Wood Pellet Boilers
Wood pellet boilers have been developed in a number of countries where, unlike the UK, there has not been the same cheap access to Gas, but they do have supplies of sustainable wood. Often this was coupled with cold temperatures during winter.
Whilst wood gasification boilers have their advantages these countries developed more automated solutions where the fuel could be automatically fed.
Countries that have developed wood pellet stove and boiler markets include:
- Austria (over 60,000 installations up to 2009)
- Italy (over 700,000 installations up to 2009)
- Sweden (Over 140,000 installations up to 2009)
In addition there are central European countries such as Bulgaria where over a third of the country is covered in trees. Whilst these countries have been generally burning wood on open fires, they are now turned on to exporting pellets and developing robustly engineered solutions.
Therefore the bulk of the pellet stoves and boilers that you will find on sale will come from Austria, Italy and Nordic areas. They have 3 distinct styles of solution according to the markets that have developed.
Other solutions seem to be modeled on these.
In Italy many of the houses have hot air ducting and due to the warm climate do not need heating for as much of the year as other countries. Their solutions started with stoves that were affordable and therefore had to be placed in living areas e.g. lounge or dining room.
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