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Wood fuelled heating and hot water from wood fuelled stoves and boilers.
Wood fuelled heating systems generally burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers or to provide warmth in a single room.

See how wood fuelled heating can work in your home

How do wood fuelled heating systems work?
What are the benefits of wood fuel heating?
Is a wood fuelled heating system suitable for my home?
What are the costs and savings?

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Q How do wood fuelled heating systems work?
A There are two main ways of using wood to heat your home:
1) a stand alone stove burning logs or pellets to heat a single room. Some can also be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well.
2) a boiler burning pellets, logs or chips connected to a central heating and hot water system.
Log burning stoves and boilers have to be filled with wood by hand. Some pellet and chip burners use automatic fuel feeders which refill them at regular intervals from fuel storage units called hoppers.
A biomass boiler could save you around £470 a year on heating bills

The benefits of wood fuel heating
A low carbon option: the carbon dioxide emitted when wood fuel is burned in the same amount that was absorbed over the previous months and years as the plant was growing. As long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel, the process is sustainable. There are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, but as long as the fuel is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels.
A good use for waste wood: burning wood can be a convenient means of disposing of waste that might otherwise be sent to a landfill site.

Q Is a wood fuelled heating system suitable for my home?
To tell if wood fuelled heating is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

Do you have enough space? You'll need a large dry area close to the boiler to store your wood. Ideally this should be close to where the wood is delivered to your home to minimise the distance you have to carry it.
Do you have a suitable flue? You need a vent which is specifically designed for wood fuel appliances, with sufficient air movement for proper operation of the stove. Your existing chimney can be fitted with a lined flue, which is relatively inexpensive.

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