Biomass heating systems burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide heat in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. A wood-fuelled boiler could save you hundreds of pounds a year compared to electric or oil powered heating.
Advantages of Biomass Heating
- Can heat your home as well as your water
- You don’t need a Gas Supply
- Although the price of wood fuel varies considerably, it is often cheaper than other heating options
- As long as the fuel is sourced locally, biomass is a low-carbon heating option
- Improved controls can mean a more efficiently heated home that benefits from all year round warmth
Frequently asked questions
- How often do I need to service my biomass boiler?
Biomass heating systems usually require an annual service visit only. Even when burning the most difficult of materials they can operate unattended for weeks, but weekly inspection visits are required to carry out a visual inspection of the boiler and fuel feed system and to empty the ashbin. If the boiler is not fitted with automatic flue cleaning then regular cleaning of the flue tubes may be required using a flue brush.
- Can a biomass boiler supply hot water as well as heating?
Yes but summer hot water requirement are usually very small in relation to the size of the boiler, often less than the minimum output of the boiler. During times of the year when the heating is not in use the use of a buffer tank allows the boiler to be operated for short periods to charge the tank. Hot water is then drawn from the buffer vessel as required to meet the load.
- Can a biomass boiler work fully automatically?
If correctly designed and installed, the majority of boilers can operate for up to 1 week minimum at a time without manual intervention.
- How will my fuel be delivered?
Depending on the size of your installation, fuel can be supplied as logs or in bags of pellets or delivered by lorry. If delivered by lorry, woodchips and pellets can be tipped or blown from the delivery vehicle directly into the fuel store.
- Where do I store wood fuel?
Fuel can be stored in any dry shed or building. Most automatically fed boilers require a fuel silo attached to the boiler house, this silo needs to be accessible to a delivery vehicle. If the delivery is made by lorry, the vehicle will need to tip into the silo or fuel will need to be blown into the silo. Wood pellets can be blown up to 20m from the delivery vehicle. In some cases, fuel can be extracted from the silo and delivered to the boiler by a vacuum conveying system, meaning the silo does not need to be directly next to the boiler.
- Do I need Planning Permission to install a biomass system?
While Planning Permission is not required for a boiler, it may be required for a boiler house, fuel silo and flue (chimney). It may also be required for any aspect of an installation where historic buildings are involved or in sensitive locations. If there is likely to be an increase in the number of large vehicle movements for fuel delivery, or fuel delivery is likely to be noisy, eg when blowing woodchips, Planning Permission may be required.
- Do biomass boilers produce any smoke?
A well designed and operated biomass boiler burning fuel within the specification of the boiler should not produce any smoke, but black smoke may be produced if the fuel is too wet for the boiler.
Only the best quality Heating systems
We've been known to install heating systems as far afield as Yorkshire but because we're based just outside of Barnstaple, North Devon, our customers tend to be in Devon, North Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. No matter where you are, we only use quality boilers and components, we expect our heating systems to last and we don’t skimp on the detail, using only top quality brands with the highest standards of engineering.
Government incentives available
Except in New Build situations, all Biomass heating installations qualify for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. Contact us on 01271 850040 or email us to find out more.