|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.