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Biomass boilers and the pocket

Save our planet invest in biomass boilers

Biomass is the name given to an a range of different to fossil kind of fuels. Biomass fuels are used in biomass stoves and biomass boilers to supply hot water along with heat in the similar manner that a gas boiler would. Fossil fuels are coal and other resources which are found in nature and harvested intended for our own use. Lots of properties and business premises for the duration of the UK use fossil fuels whom don’t have get admission to to grid provided gas and the British Government is looking to influence people to move away from this to biomass fuels instead.

Fossil fuels cannot compete with biomass for many reasons

The natural substances found on our planet are rapidly becoming scarcer and they won’t last for all time, this in turn directly contributes to the rise of inflation whilst the production process for goods develop into a more expensive industry. This is simple economics, demand continues to be constant although supply drops and therefore price goes up and we all feel the end result of this in our pocket. Burning fossil fuels in a biomass or back boiler also contributes to global warming and so this isn’t a perfect answer for providing something as essential as hot water and heat for people. A greater a range of different is which for those who find themselves currently the usage of fossil fuels to modify to a biomass boiler as an alternative. We’ll take a look at the differing types of biomass fuel in merely a moment however simply know for that a scheme exists which is called the closed carbon cycle which implies that if we switch to using biomass fuel then for each and every part of carbon that is release into our atmosphere then the same amount of carbon is put put into the earth by way of planting trees. This implies that the same amount of carbon is neutralized and the polluting of the environment effect of burning fuel is minimal if felt at all. This can be clearly better for our planet.

How do biomass boilers work?

There are plenty of saw mills and places that manipulate wood and timber that creates excess material. This may possibly be in the sort of wooden kindling and wooden chips. This waste is biomass. A drawback to using logs and chips are that they hold on to moisture that uses energy from your biomass stove before combustion is able take place. They are also bulky meaning you need someplace to store them. A greater alternative is to make use of wooden pellets. Wooden pellets have the moisture taken out of them and they’re also compacted into very small shapes. For these reasons they combust at a greater rate and are also more practical to store. Many boiler manufacturers now produce their boilers along with a device often known as a hopper or feed which might routinely store and feed these pellets into the boiler for you. Overall this is more convenient. Other features are to be had too like self-cleaning boilers and temperature controls. Grant Engineering produce boilers which have a patented system generally known as a baffler which redirects unusedheat back into the combustion chamber as well, this makes for tremendous efficiency.

The British Government and the RHI scheme

In order to entice people to change to using biomass boilers and fuel rather then fossil fuels the British Government announced a scheme to assist industrial premises make the switch easier by providing funding. This is named RHI or Renewable Heat Incentive. Unluckily not many business premises took the offer up and consequently in late 2013 the minister for climate change, Greg Barker, announced that the scheme will now also be opened up to domestic people too. Combine this proposal with other environmentally friendly incentives such as the Green Deal Scheme which helps us to convert our homes to be more energy efficient and it’s apparent to work out that the British Government is actively seeking to persuade the British public to become more environmentally conscious.


Gimme some link Love :)

Been looking around for some related blogs to check out.   These seem pretty good.  I thought I’d book mark them 🙂

Taking a break to Scotland for Christmas

Been thinking of taking a Christmas holiday this year.  Been thinking of Lodges in Scotland.  Can anybody recommend anywhere?

OOooooo this looks so cosy and nice 🙂



Letter from Sean Connery

Letter from Sean Connery

I’m JAMES BOND…love it!

Top 10 energy talks on

I just had to share this little gem that I came across recently.  It’s a playlist of the top 10 alternative energy talks on  If you haven’t seen Ted talks yet then you are missing out!  It’s a meeting of some of the greatest thinkers and creative minds on the planet who get together to give talks and presentations on their insights and often groundbreaking discoveries.

Here’s a great playlist regarding alternative energy.

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Thinking of swapping our fossil fuel boiler for a biomass boiler

We have had a fossil fuel boiler for many years now but given the problems we are seeing with our environment we thought we need to start thinking about using a different type of boiler so we’ve been doing some research and have decided to go for a wooden pellet biomass boiler.

Apparently they are a lot better than the log ones which need a lot of cleaning and loading and then more cleaning and loading.  I can’t be bothered with all that effort to be honest so it was a Godsend to find one that can even clean itself as well as put the fuel in itself!

We like the idea of using timber that we can get locally and especially as it comes from a sustained forestry source meaning that we are eating away at mother Earth.  What this means basically is that for each tree torn down another is planted in its place.

We’ve been looking a few models and makes but have settled on the wood pellet Spira range of Biomass boilers from Grant.  They not only manufacturer and design them but also have a patent on a type of flue which retains more heat than others so that sounds good enough to me.

I know our local Sainsbury’s switched to a Biomass boiler not so long ago and they have no complaints and it never seems cold or anything when I go in there so this is a big plus.  The manager Eddie seems pleased with it as it has saved them a fortune in cleaning the burner out etc.

The initial outlay seems quite a lot but I think we will end up saving a fair amount of money in the long run as the fuel seems to be a bit cheaper than it would have taken for us to switch to gas, we’ll see.

Ok got to run for now but I’ll keep you informed how it goes.


Welcome to my new blog

Hi thanks for taking the time to visit my little corner of the world.  This blog represents my interest in energy and investigation into alternative more efficient sources.  We live in crisis times with regard to the use and depletion of our natural resources and I believe it is all of our responsibility to do something about it.


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