Biomass Boiler

Biomass is the environmentally friendly alternative to the more conventional gas and oil boilers.

They’re just as easy to install in the home, and councils are starting to have them put in new developments. This is an effective way for the government’s and local council’s renewable energy targets to be met.

A biomass boiler works very efficiently and the heat can be used for your central heating, or to warm water.

Renewable energy is an source that will not run out. So these boilers burn products such as wood chip, wood pellets and cereals. Oil and natural gas are both fossil fuels, which are not renewable.

By using renewable products, the damaging effects of global warming are reduced. Other renewable technologies include solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps.

Biomass boilers can be installed into virtually any home, and will fit into the same space as your old appliance.

Burning of the products will also produce ash, which can be a great fertiliser for your garden. The box will need to be cleared of ash every 6-8 weeks depending on how often the boiler’s used.

Is the biomass boiler suitable for my home?

If you’re planning to have a biomass boiler installed in your home, you should give some consideration as to whether it’s actually suitable for your needs.

Firstly, you’ll need a large space to store the fuel. This could be wood pellets or agricultural crops.

You’ll also need a suitable flue for the boiler. It must be designed so the waste gases can leave safely. Existing chimneys can host lined flues at little expense.

If there are any safety or building regulations in your area, you may not be able to have one installed. For information on this, contact your local planning officer who’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action.

If you live in a no smoke zone, wood can only be burnt in restricted appliances. For more, visit www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk/locations

Planning permission will also be needed if you intend the flue to exceed 1m above your roof. If you’re in a conservation or World Heritage Site, you’ll also need permission to have a flue if it’ll be visible from the road.

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