Biomass is living or recently living material. When it comes to using biomass to provide heat and hot water for the home, the fuel source is frequently wood as logs, chips or pellets, but materials like straw and cotton waste can also be made into pellets.
Biomass has taken carbon from the atmosphere when it grew, and releases it when it’s burned. If the crop or trees used for biomass are replanted, the system stays in balance. Using locally sourced biomass is also important to keep this a low carbon way to heat your home overall.
What Is A Biomass Boiler?
A biomass boiler can provide central heating and hot water for your home, in place of a gas or other boiler. Keep in mind that you will need to store the biomass and have sufficient access for deliveries of it – a major change for those who are used to mains gas. The efficiency of these types of boiler is comparable to fossil fuel boilers.
Fitting A Biomass Boiler
Fitting a biomass boiler can be complex but with the right installer like ourselves it will be trouble free.(opens in a new But you still need to find room to store pallets of pellets somewhere else.’ A larger log boiler would need a space of around 3 x 4m, so may well need to be fitted in an outside shed.
The Energy Saving Trust recommends that a biomass boiler is installed by an MCS
Get The Right Pellets
Bear in mind that pellet boilers are designed for specific pellet types, so make sure you match up your boiler and your biomass. Wood chip boilers are more appropriate for buildings larger than a normal home, for example blocks of flats. If you live in a smoke control area – something you can find out from your local authority – you will need to buy an exempt appliance to burn wood. There’s a list available from DEFRA.