Why Should I use Biomass
The Benefit to our biodiversity
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 £800 a year compared to electric heating.
Benefits of using a Biomass boiler
The advantages that come with using a log, log/pellet, pellet or wood chip boiler in either a domestic, commercial or industrial situation, and that have been used in continental Europe for decades! Such benefits include:
Providing an economic incentive to manage woodland that improves biodiversity
Utilising your local wood pellet supplier for bags or blown deliveries
Stabilising fuel bills
Reducing CO2 emissions Improved heating comfort levels
Clean sustainable energy
Low running costs
Low maintenance requirement
No dependency on fossil fuel suppliers
Renewable Heat incentive
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.
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. 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.
With automatic ash removal and cleaning of the heat exchanger the only other maintenance requirement will be occasional ash removal and an annual maintenance check.
If you have a wood burning stove or boiler the chimney and flue pipe must be swept regularly to remove all soot deposits and prevent blockage.
HETAS recommend that this “should be done at least twice a year, preferably before the heating season to check that the flue has not been blocked by bird’s nests for example and also at the end of the heating season to prevent soot deposits from resting in the chimney during the dormant period”.
Further information on chimney safety can also be found in the National Association of Chimney Sweep’s leaflet Heat your Home Safely.
Alternatively take a look at our chimney sweeping packages. Burning wet wood increases the amount of soot in a chimney and with it the chance of a chimney fire. All Logs will should always be seasoned (air-dried) for at least a year before being burned.