Biomass boilers need more space than gas or oil boilers because the system is larger. You would also need some space to store the fuel itself, such as a hopper or wood store.
One of the largest disadvantages of biomass boilers is that the initial investment, including purchasing the boiler and installing it, is higher compared to traditional gas or oil boilers. Biomass boiler prices range between $5,000 and $10,000. However, the Renewable Heat Incentive helps cover these initial costs, and in the long run, you’d be saving money by using a cheaper source of energy.
It is essential for biomass fuel to remain dry, or it won’t burn efficiently. For this reason, the storage conditions must be considered thoroughly.
Biomass needs a bit more work than traditional gas and oil boilers because you will have to continuously supply the system with pellets or chips unless you use a hopper.
Biomass boilers need to be cleaned regularly, around once a week. However, modern models make the process very simple or even incorporate the feature automatically, so you won’t have to worry about it at all.
You should find a supplier of fuel as close to you as possible to reduce the carbon footprint and the cost of the delivery. Checking for availability of suppliers before purchasing a biomass boiler would definitely be a smart move since not all locations are well served by delivery services.
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