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Post by Ploshkin on 13th October 2013, 2:44 pm

Continuation of the discussion about the wood burning boiler that makes the shed nice & cosy without cluttering up the tearoom ......
The boiler is a gasification boiler so it burns the wood at very high temperatures (between 700 and 1000 degrees I think). The heat produced is stored in a 1500 litre water tank which is encased in about a foot of insulation. The casing of the boiler gets warm but never too hot to hold your hand on. It produces only about a bucketful of ash a month. We use it for domestic hot water & underfloor heating. It works very efficiently - one wheelbarrow of wood (that's about 12 400mm long logs) is sufficient for one day's heating + hot water at the coldest time of year and 5 - 6 days hot water in the summer. We are currently lighting it about once every 3 days.
With free fuel it's the best thing we have ever done, it was an expensive system to have installed but we have probably saved £3-4,000 in the 2 years that we have had it. Also we have a permanently warm house instead of having heat for just a couple of hours in the morning & a few hours in the evening.

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