Biomass

Atlantic Contracting North West Ltd is proud to be Biomass accredited. We will complete your whole experience in choosing your Biomass boiler. We can provide your;

  • Energy Performance assessment
  • Occupancy assessment
  • Heat Loss Calculation
  • Determine your boiler requirement
  • Complete the install
  • Guide you through the RHI application.

If you are unfortunate in the fact you rely on Oil or LPG to heat your home/business then looking at a Biomass Boiler will help in considerably reducing your bills and fuel deliveries by upto 50%. Converting from Gas mains to Biomass will not see an improvement in fuel bills or savings but will only help in our effort to try and reduce natural gas extraction and help environmental impact.

Typical domestic prices for fuels

Biomass fuelled boilers, stoves and room heaters should be kept clean and swept regularly to remove ash. Ash quantities are generally very low (<1% of fuel volume), but you will still need to empty the ash bin of a wood burning stove or boiler (it's great plant fertiliser by the way). This is likely to be several times a year depending on what system you have installed. A log fire requires ash removal before every use.

Some appliances particularly boilers have self-cleaning systems built in. A self-cleaning system will collect ash from the combustion grate and the heat exchanger tubes. If there is no automatic ash cleaning mechanism in place the boiler will need to be shut down periodically so that this can be done by hand. If the ash is not cleaned out regularly, it will build up and adversely affect combustion conditions, which can lead to boiler failure and shut down. Some boilers have a mechanism for compressing the ash which reduces the number of times the ash bin needs to be emptied.

With automatic ash removal and cleaning of the heat exchanger the only maintenance requirement will be occasional ash removal and an annual maintenance check.

If you have a wood burning stove or boiler the chimney and flue pipe must be swept regularly to remove all soot deposits and prevent blockage. HETAS (the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses) recommend that this "should be done at least twice a year, preferably before the heating season to check that the flue has not been blocked by bird's nests for example and also at the end of the heating season to prevent soot deposits from resting in the chimney during the dormant period". The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps recommends that chimneys used in conjunction with wood fuel should be swept quarterly when in use.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives.

Questions and Answers

  • Chips, pellets or logs?
    Chips are not suitable for heating a single house, but can be used to heat larger buildings or groups of houses. Pellets are much easier to use and much more controllable than logs; pellet boilers can run automatically in much the same way that gas or oil boilers operate. Log-burning stoves and boilers have to be filled with wood by hand; most pellet and chip burners use automatic fuel feeders which refill them at regular intervals. Logs require considerably more work, and you will need a lot of logs to heat a whole house, but they can be cheaper than pellets if you have a good local supply.
  • We will source your local fuel supplier.
    Some companies now offer deliveries of pellets anywhere in mainland Britain and Northern Ireland; supply of logs is much more variable.
  • Do you have space?
    Wood boilers are larger than gas or oil equivalents. You will also need space to store the fuel: somewhere that's handy for deliveries but also appropriate for feeding the boiler.
  • Do you have somewhere to put the flue?
    You will need a flue which meets the regulations for wood-burning appliances: a new insulated stainless steel flue pipe or an existing chimney - though chimneys normally need lining to make them safe and legal, this can have a diameter of 6 inch and be unsightly when installed up the outer wall leading to the roof line, however, Flues can run internal also. Please ask us for details about flue systems.
  • Do you need permission?
    You may not need planning permission, but we can always check. All new wood heating systems have to comply with building regulations, and the best way to ensure this is to use our company who is a member of a competent person scheme and can carry out competent registration of install without the need of planning IF the install meets all criteria.

If you have any plans to invest in Biomass, but can't decide what type of system/when to get it done/what it involves/how much it will cost etc. why not get contact us and a friendly advisor will try and assist your needs.