Biomass Boiler is a Reality
As the cost of heating keeps going up some people have taken to wood burning stoves as a more eco-friendly way to achieve heating for the home.
An interview with a family that has recently installed a biomass (wood burning) stove tells the story of their experience with the new-yet-old-fashioned boiler.
The boiler was installed by professional plumbers last year, and it is designed to provide heating for the home by burning wood and reclaimed materials. It is common for the household to get the tool box out and break or saw a large piece in two if it too big to into the boiler chamber.
The family have managed to cut their heating gas usage at one of the coldest times of the year. They estimate the heating bills savings to be around £200-250 per year, and expect to recuperate the cost of the boiler installation within three years.
For burning wood, they use a local joinery as a source for waste wood that would otherwise go to the landfill.
The house, built in 1980 is well insulated (including double glazing, cavity wall insulation installed), and includes a fireplace with a complete lined chimney which includes a fake gas fire. One reason for biomass boiler installation was to focus the heating in the kitchen and living room area rather than spread it around the house as is the case when typical central heating is installed by corgi plumbers.
The old gas fire was removed and a stove was selected to replace it as the main heating boiler for the house. The most important factor was to ensure steady supply of fuel for the boiler. The solution was to pick up off-cuts and other by-products off local joinery shops. Any piece of wood is good to fire up the boiler and generate the required heating. In addition, the family buys a few bags of sawdust logs (made of compressed sawdust) which are excellent burning fuel.
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Although the biomass boiler is a highly efficient and cheap way to ensure heating in the home, the family admit that on extremely cold days they do have to fire up the gas boiler and heat up the home with the conventional central heating system. This requires periodic checks by a corgi registered plumber to ensure the gas boiler and the central heating systems are in good operating order after long periods of inactivity.
This page has been written with contributions from qualified plumbers from Essex and plumbers from Clapham. Several of the company's heating engineers from Northamptonshire have worked on similar issues as well as some of our experienced plumbers from Orpington and our Ealing experienced heating engineers.