We have just been nominated, under two categories, at this year’s South West Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards. Wish us luck and watch this space!!
We are very excited about one of our current projects, up in Malvern in Worcestershire. 2 x 35kw Biowin Excels running in cascade, with full weather conmpensation Windhager Specialist MES controls (which alone will save the client 13% per annum on fuel), a 7 tonne pellet store and 6 metres of pipework from the boiler room to the house. The most exciting thing about this project is not the beautiful rolling Malvern hills, not the two shiny Biowin Excels (the workhorses of the Windhager family) but the whopping £110,000 that our clients will receive from the Government, under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), over a 7 year period. We were blown away by this figure and it tops the charts as being one of the highest that we have personally seen, under the Domestic RHI, to date!
We have installed several biomass wood gasification boilers recently; always an exciting project for our installers as they (that’s the boilers) feel very “manly” and “neanderthal” - apparently! Always exciting projects for us as a business because, when fitted correctly and in the right context, they represent great value for money and probably the most cost effective form of fuel . For clients who work in the timber industry or who can lay their hands on a plentiful supply of suitable wood, they are a no-brainer and, of course, under the RHI scheme, the Government pays you to use them – joy!
We were asked recently about our credentials and, because we are not ones to brag, it felt uncomfortable. However, having thought about the question carefully, we could understand why it was asked – the client in question was going to be parting with his hard-earned cash and he wanted to make sure that we knew what we were doing and, that we were going to be around a while – after all, what use is a 2 year MCS Guarantee, if the company goes bust 6 months after the instal? So, with this thought in mind, please excuse us for some uncharacteristic boastfulness:-
- We are one of the most experienced domestic biomass installers in Wiltshire (incidentally and to give this statement some context, the South West, as a region, is home to more than two thirds of all biomass installers nationally).
- Wessex Biomass runs two teams – one for domestic and small to medium commercial installations and another for large commercial instals.
- We were proud to be a part of the Government “Think Tank” (by invitation) during the consultation process on the domestic RHI.
- Here at Wessex we specialise in biomass, are un-apologetically passionate about it and, have been so ever-since our first instal back in 2009.
- Our clients are our greatest advocates, many of whom we have enjoyed long and enduring relationships with from our early installation days. Don’t take our word for any of the above – ask them. Simply contact us and we will make arrangements for you. You can talk candidly to them about us, their boilers, fuel or indeed any other aspect of biomass heating that you wish.
When considering the feasibility of biomass, whether to opt for a manual, hand-fed, wood pellet biomass boiler or one fed via an external hopper, is usually pretty high up on our clients’ decision making lists. Some clients have clear ideas about what they’d like and others are not so sure.
Here at Wessex Biomass, we are happy to accommodate whatever you have in mind and budget; we recently designed a bespoke hopper solution for a client, in the eaves of his garage, utilising otherwise lost and unused space.
Bag fed units have an internal hopper which generally holds about 2.5 bags (roughly a day’s worth of pellets during cold winter months). We have one of these at home and I put in 2 bags a day during winter months and one bag every other day during the summer, when the boiler is only used for heating water.
Of our clients who opted for an external hopper-fed biomass boiler, some have hoppers which hold a few month’s worth of wood pellets and others hold several tonnes worth, only needing to be filled a couple of times per year. The choice is yours and will depend upon your budget, the level of interaction you desire with your boiler (if you are used to a wood-burner then filling a biomass boiler once a day, with a small bag of pellets is no trouble) and the amount of space that you have available. Give us a call to discuss – we are always happy to talk biomass!
It is very cold outside, cold and wet and our dogs do not like this. However, they are closer to our biomass boiler than Building Regs dictate and so I have to keep moving them whenever I come into the Utility Room,(at least Molly has the decency to look chastised and the Bassett won’t even make eye contact). Once my back is turned, they are back there again, short of locking them out, I am powerless in the face of the goddess of heat that is Sandy our biomass
boiler. So beware, once you have one of these toastie living flame biomass boilers installed, you may have to fight to get near it or, in my case, fall over dogs every time I need to fill it with pellets!
We have been asked a lot about flues this week.
A biomass appliance needs a flue, much like a wood burning stove does. The flue comes off the back of the appliance, so realistically where it can go relies a lot on where the biomass appliance is going to be situated.
Building Regulations dictate that flues must be 4.5 metres but the situation of the flue is one of the many things we discuss with clients, when looking at feasibility. A flue can go into an existing chimney, be hidden by a roof line, powder coated to any colour you desire or left as it comes; stainless steel and shiny, the choice is yours.