Welcome to our Just Bio Mass Heating Directory which contains everything you need to know about this industry, from the various types of biomass heating to your local fuel supplier. We have an extensive list of suppliers all over the country and listed by town to make it easier to search for your local supplier. Visit the pages to find suppliers of wood chips, pellets, logs or briquettes in your region.
Biomass heating systems refers to the various methods used to generate heat from biomass. The systems fall under the categories of direct combustion, gasification, combined heat and power (CHP), anaerobic and aerobic digestion. Historically, before the use of fossil fuels in significant quantities, biomass in the form of wood fuel provided most of humanity's heating, as well as providing our first renewable energy resource. The oil price increases since 2003 and consequent price increases for natural gas and coal have increased the value of biomass for heat generation. Forest renderings, agricultural waste, and crops grown specifically for energy production become competitive as the prices of energy dense fossil fuels rise.
Efforts to develop this potential may have the effect of regenerating mismanaged croplands and be a cog in the wheel of a decentralized, multi-dimensional renewable energy industry. Efforts to promote and advance these methods became common throughout the European Union through the 2000s. In other areas of the world, inefficient and polluting means to generate heat from biomass coupled with poor forest practices have significantly added to environmental degradation.
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?
- The benefits of wood fuel heating
How do wood fuelled heating systems work?
There are two main ways of using wood to heat you home:
- A standalone 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.
- 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.
The benefits of wood fuel heating
- A carbon neutral option: although burning wood releases CO2, it is the same amount as was absorbed while the wood was growing. If a new tree is planted for each one burned, there are no overall carbon emissions.
- 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