Biomass heating for the Agriculture sector

Biomass Boilers and Fuels

Due to the high cost of fossil fuels and the launch of Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, Biomass heating systems for farmers and other agriculture properties have become a viable option to heat a series of buildings such as a farmhouse and cottages, poultry sheds or piggeries and applications such as grain drying.

With the cost of fossil fuels continually increasing more and more farmers and landowners are recognising the benefits of Biomass boilers to provide a cost-effective heating and hot water solutions.

Not only are they 90% efficient, they also have a lifespan of over 20 years so prove a very worthwhile investment as part of an energy management programme.

Dorset Energy Solutions are at the forefront of the biomass heating industries and can easily identify your heating needs so that the Biomass boiler system installed matches these requirements.

Only quality boilers designed to provide lasting service are installed, and we provide advice on managing and maintaining your boiler as well as information and supply of the relevant Biomass fuel.

Using a Biomass Boiler system

Burning a range of fuels including logs, wood chips, wood pellets and even straw bales, Biomass boilers are installed taking into account storage space and availability of fuel and day-to-day operation that is most effective for each installation. As fuel is automatically fed into the boiler constant monitoring of fuel levels is not required and the boiler produces hot water and heating to any situation.

Farmers and landowners with their own woodland can make significant savings by harvesting and drying their own fuel. In addition, growing a fuel crop such as wheat is another alternative.

Usually designed for the fuel they burn, wood chip and pellet boilers are very similar to oil fired boilers and the fuel is loaded automatically via a hopper. Log boilers have a loading chamber that is filled with logs, usually on a daily basis and are designed to be used with a heat store or accumulator tank. Straw bale boilers are automatically fed with bales that travel along a separate conveyor into the boiler.

Fuel Options for Biomass Boilers

Heating with wood logs, pellets, chips or straw can be very cost effective, especially when compared to oil and gas prices which are on the rise.

Logs: Wood fuel in its most raw form and can easily be purchased by the tonne and cut to a specified length to suit the boiler. To burn effectively it needs to have been dried or seasoned for at least six months and space for storing logs to keep them dry is required.


Wood chips: Burning more efficiently than logs, these are made by chipping dry core wood lengths to different specifications. Wood chips need a covered storage area and may require the use of a tele-handler or front end loader to fill the feed hopper for large capacity boilers.


Wood pellets: Formed from timber by-products, are delivered in bags or in bulk, where they are known as blown pellets. There are a number of different specifications and it is important to purchase the size suitable for your boiler. They require little in the way of outside storage space and can be housed in bags in a small outside covered area.


Straw: This fuel can be readily available through a farm business or grown specifically to use as fuel for boilers such as the Farm 2000.



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