Boiler -Biomass

If you live in a traditional house in Cheltenham, you will almost certainly have an existing flue which you may be able to reuse for a wood-fired, (biomass) system.

Wood is considered to be a ‘low carbon’ fuel because the cycle of growing the fuel and then burning it produces no net increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, unlike mining and burning coal. Burning wood however, does result in carbon emissions, although modern biomass boilers are very efficient. Significant carbon emissions can also arise from the transportation of the fuel, so wood is only a truly sustainable fuel is it comes from a local, well-managed source.

If you want to provide for all your heating and hot water, and you have space, you could replace your current boiler with a biomass boiler. Biomass boilers burn either wood pellets or logs, and can be fully automated and controlled like gas boilers, and are sited in utility rooms rather than living spaces.  There are also wood pellet stoves that provide central heating but are designed for living room use.

The more complex your specification, the more expensive the solution is likely to be, and the more space it is likely to take. Automatic fuel feeds, thermostatic control, integration with central heating and integration with solar panels can all be achieved at a price. The Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides financial support for some biomass boilers.

If all you want is a nice warm heat source for your main living space in the heart of winter, go for a wood burning stove instead.


A Biomass boiler and pellet store.