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Biomass boiler installation: what's involved?

Posted by Trish O'Flynn on 16 November 2016 at 10:30 am

In 2009 SuperHomer Mark Brown had a biomass boiler installed to heat his 1980s five bedroom detached family home. In this video he gives us an overview of the installation process. We also fast forward to 2014 to see how it looks five years later.

At the time of installation it took Mark six months to find an installer, but it will be much easier to find one today. Biomass boilers are now eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which should help you recoup some of the installation costs.

As Mark's house is in a Conservation Area, the flue needed to comply with planning requirements and was routed internally to the rear of the property. The house is also in a smoke control area so only an approved boiler could be installed.

Mark uses bagged pellets and one practical tip is to mark out the pellet storage area on the garage floor to make best use of the space. In the video he shows us the:

  • buffer tank
  • extra insulation to the pipework
  • control panel within the house
  • use of the rest of the garage space

Mark and his partner Liya are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and have achieved a 90% carbon saving by investing in solar thermal and PV, insulation throughout the house and, of course, the biomass boiler.

Take a look at Mark and Liya’s SuperHome page.

Video credit: Post Carbon Living  (Video 2 in a series of 7)

Also see: Installing a biomass boiler: what's it really like?

More information about Biomass Boilers on YouGen.

Find a Biomass Boiler installer

You can also find a list of local wood fuel and equipment suppliers on Log Pile.

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About the author: Trish is a web content writer with the National Energy Foundation.

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