Woodfuel combustion equipment

Woodfuel can be used to provide heat in a number of different ways.  Which is most appropriate depends on the scale and requirements of the application and the preferences of the user.

The simplest way of using many forms of biomass for energy is simply burning it.  Doing so in an enclosure, in which the airflow is restricted, will be far more efficient than burning it in the open.  This enclosure can be used to provide heat for the room it stands in (a stove) or, by heating water and pumping it through pipes, it can provide heat to several rooms, and/or domestic hot water (a boiler).  This can even be extended to provide heat to several buildings from the same boiler, which is known as district heating.

What's of interest

Biomass Heating: a guide to small log and wood pellet systems

First in a series of three technical design guides from the Biomass Energy Centre.  This guide covers small scale systems suitable for a domestic house or similar sized projects (PDF - 4.0 MB)

Biomass Heating: a guide to medium scale wood chip and wood pellet systems

Second in a series of a series of three technical design guides from the Biomass Energy Centre.  This guide covers larger scale systems (PDF - 5.0 MB)  N.B. Requires corrected Figure 19 below

Corrected low loss header diagram for guide to medium scale wood chip and pellet systems

This is required for guide above Figure 19, Pg 16 (PDF - 36 kB)

Biomass Heating: a guide to feasibility studies

Third in a series of three technical design guides from the Biomass Energy Centre.  Gives guidance on how to assess the suitablility of a site for biomass heating (PDF - 3.9 MB)