There is one biomass fuel that has gained national attention with rising fossil fuel prices is wood pellets. Wood pellets are compressed by-products from the forest products industry, often woodchips and sawdust. They are a locally available and a cost-effective heating fuel with several advantages over other types of biomass. Wood pellets are a condensed uniformly sized form of biomass energy, making them easier to store and use than many other biomass fuel. Pellet heating technology is also quite simple, minimizing operation and maintenance requirement. These heating systems can be easy to plan for and install and can save a building owner thousands of dollars in energy costs over time while providing significant local economic and environment benefits.
Types of Pellet Heating System
☆ District/Central Heating
A boiler burns logs, pellets or chips, and is connected to a central heating and hot water system. A wood-fuelled boiler could save you nearly £600 a year compared to electric heating. Pellet boilers are differentiated into semi-automatic and fully-automatic pellet heating systems.Common applications are in centralized heating plants, buildings or more including schools, manufacturing facilities, assisted living complexes, hospitals and residences.
☆ Stove Heating
The pellet stove, which are used as individual room heating based on air. The core technology consists of a wood pellet burner that can be mated to an existing system’s boiler or furnace. Simply swap your old oil burner out of the furnace/boiler and set a wood-pellet burner in its place. The wood pellets are locally sourced, renewable, clean-burning, carbon-neutral, stably priced, and abundant.Most pellet stoves are equipped with burn back protection. Generally good pellet heating systems are configured for very safe and almost fully-automatic operation, so that cleaning and maintenance work are only necessary at intervals of several weeks or months depending on the type of system involved.
Code and Property Insurance about Your Pellet Stove
Adding a pellet stove to your home can slightly increase your insurance rates, but not informing your insurer can void your coverage in the event of a fire. Before buying, obtain a stove clearance diagram from your insurance company. Follow these installation guidelines and return the completed form for approval. Your insurer will be more likely to approve it, if it was installed by a trained specialist. They may also want it to be inspected (at your expense) before approval is given. Every area has fire/building code restrictions regarding wood stoves. Review and follow these guidelines for a safe installation.