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Biomass Boilers

What is a Biomass Boiler? Biomass boilers use wood, in the form of chips or pellets, to generate heat for central heating or hot water systems. For the vast majority of rural property owners the feedstock used will either be woodchips or wood pellets. These can either be purchased from suppliers or, where available, created using a property’s own woodland resources. As well as the boiler itself, biomass installations will require a mechanism to feed the boiler and storage space for the wood fuel.

Biomass boilers are most suitable for country houses currently heated by oil or LPG systems. Large commercial buildings and properties with their own supply of wood fuel are especially suitable. Where there are a group of buildings, biomass can also work as a shared heating system.

Due to the size and space requirements for biomass installations careful thought needs to be given to accommodating them, especially with historic properties where listed building consent approval is likely to be needed. Our specialists can appraise your property and ensure any installation would be suitable, not only as the most appropriate heating method but also in terms of integrating this into the property.

How you benefit

Knight Frank has the specialist property expertise that an installer will not necessarily be aware of. Experience with estates means that we can give honest advice about the time, management and potential pitfalls in using one’s own fuel supply, compared to buying fuel in, so that when considering the financial return this is based on a realistic situation.

 

 

Pros

  • Biomass boilers fit in well with existing central heating systems.
  • They can be very economical to run for those with their own supply of wood fuel.
  • They are generally considered to be carbon neutral because the CO2 emitted has not been sequestered over the extreme long-term, like fossil fuels.

Cons

  • Wood fuel will be subject to price fluctuations.
  • Smaller properties may not have sufficient storage space.
  • Large systems may require chimneys that could be unsuitable for listed buildings.

How you benefit

Knight Frank has the specialist property expertise that an installer will not necessarily be aware of. Experience with estates means that we can give honest advice about the time, management and potential pitfalls in using one’s own fuel supply, compared to buying fuel in, so that when considering the financial return this is based on a realistic situation.