Wood Burning Stoves and Boilers
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Some Brief Information
Wood Burning Stoves and Boilers are classified as Biomass. Biomass is considered to be carbon neutral in terms of carbon footprint. These burners can be an excellent source of reasonably low-cost heating, particularly if you own some land with trees growing on it. Cut your timber in spring and store throughout the summer to reduce the moisture content. You may have to store for two years to get the best fuel. The dryer the fuel is the less carbon build-up on the flue pipes. Hardwoods such as oak, beech, maple or mahogany are best. Softwoods like Cedars, Pines, Yews, and Firs are less dense and not great for burning. Ireland was once covered in hardwoods such as the oak. Perhaps it is time to revert back to this type of forestry. The Glen of the Downs in Co. Wicklow is one of the last remaining natural sources of hardwoods left in Ireland. Much of this beautiful natural resource was cleared to make way for the M11 Motorway.
Two main types of Wood Burning Stoves and Boilers:
- Log Burners - these can burn almost any type of wood fuel.
- Wood Burning Pellet stoves - can only burn specially designed and processed pelleted wood fuel.
For those who have grown up with the open fireplace, the wood-burning stove can be an excellent alternative. Not only is it more energy efficient but beats the open fireplace on the visual impact. But from the comfort point of view, it throws out a lot more heat than its open fireplace counterpart. They provide a lot more heat for a lot less fuel.
Modern Wood Burning Stoves are extremely efficient at delivering heat to your home. When purchasing one of these stoves make sure the burning efficiency is at least 70% or greater. For further information open the following S.E.A.I deep-retrofit link.
Advantages of Biomass or Wood Burning Stove Heating Systems:
- Can be exceptionally low cost to heat home. Wood pellets may work out a little more expensive so do your homework before you decided which system is best for you.
- A very good alternative to an open fireplace, certainly a lot more efficient.
- Can be adapted to heat hot water for sinks and showers etc.
- Reduced carbon footprint.
- Biomass is an excellent form of renewable.
- Very clean, especially if opting for wood burning pellets as a source of biomass fuel
Disadvantages of Biomass or Wood Burning Stove Heating Systems:
- The initial costs can be high as a new flue pipe liner has to be installed.
- If the Burner/Boiler is inside the home then strong odours can be experienced. This is one of the reasons you may choose pellet over log burners.
- The Carbon foot-print for Biomass is considered neutral.
- Wood burning pellets can be an expensive form of biomass.