New biomass boiler

What seems like many months ago now, we decided to replace our existing and relatively elderly oil-fired boiler. After considering a few options, the best long-term plan seemed to be the installation of a biomass pellet boiler.

The whole project went relatively smoothly especially considering it included some building works to convert part of an outbuilding from its earlier use as “coal shed” into a shiny new “boiler room”.

This included constructing a massive pellet store which I’m told should hold around 5 tonnes of wood pellets and automatically feeds the pellets into the boiler when needed.

This means we benefit from bulk deliveries via a tanker which blows the pellets into the store. Not only is this option cheaper than buying a pallet load of 10kg bags but it means there’s no heavy lifting for me to tip each bag into the pellet store.

Connecting this all into the existing central heating system proved to be completely painless once a route for the supply and return pipework was found. As luck would have it this was through an existing space with pipes which had previously been boxed in so there’s no additional upheaval in the house!

Once the actual boiler installation was complete, the application for the governments RHI scheme was the last hurdle. There have been a few weeks of slightly edgy waiting but eventually the final approval came through yesterday.

Now the job is complete, the bills are all paid and the RHI accreditation approved I somehow feel happier about posting a blog update with a few pictures as a record of the work. This is helped by the fact that, so far at least, we have barely noticed any difference other than having an empty corner in the utility room which we need to fill with something!