Why Wood Heat
Wood has been used as a fuel since the dawn of mankind – it is not new. What is relatively new is the use of wood chips and pellets in modern, automated and highly efficient boilers to generate wood heat. Such a concept has developed rapidly in recent years, and wood fuelled heating is one of the fastest growing of all the renewable energy technologies.
Here are some of the reasons why wood heat is growing in popularity:
Wood is a low carbon fuel. That means it releases only a very small net amount of carbon dioxide, one of the primary green houses gasses, into the atmosphere. Woodlands and forests need to be managed. If no timber was removed, the woodland would eventually stop growing. By managing woodlands using processes such as thinning, timber can be removed for fuel whilst allowing the remaining trees to thrive. This diagram of the Carbon Cycle illustrates this:
It’s not just about the carbon dioxide though. The processes of mining, extracting, processing and shipping coal, oil and gas are also environmentally damaging. Wood fuel production is far more benign.
Wood fuel is the lowest cost form of heating fuel!
Although wood heat boilers are more expensive to buy than the equivalent gas or oil boiler, the Renewable Heat Incentive is designed to pay that cost difference, resulting in significantly lower heating costs for all heat users, including householders.
The UK is a net importer of Natural Gas and Oil. That means that most of our gas, heating oil and LPG comes from overseas. This puts the UK in a very precarious position.
Wood however is all around us, and is the only source of fuel which grows. With our network of depots, none of our customers are more than 40 miles from a depot, most are closer than that. The timber that is processed at the depots is generally from woodlands within about 25 miles. This way, not only is the fuel locally produced, but the economic benefits are retained within the local economy – to the woodland owner, the timber contractor, the timber haulier, and the depot owner. All of MWFs staff are recruited locally.