Burning wood releases heat which can be used to heat buildings and provide hot water. It is the most common form of renewable heating in the UK with a million tonnes of wood being used, mostly on log fires and log burning stoves.
There are now a range of well proven wood fuel based technologies available to run central heating systems. These are generally referred to as biomass boilers. Biomass has a wide definition, but in heating systems the most commonly used biomass is wood – in the form of logs, pellets or chips. Churches using biomass technology can reduce their carbon footprint, save money through reduced bills, and through the Renewable Heat Incentive, could earn money.
Your Church & Wood Fuel Information Sheet
This information sheet is produced by the Diocese of Oxford to introduce how biomass could be used to heat your church. It will help you assess the suitability of your church and provides a list of things to consider as you develop a project to install a biomass boiler and benefit from the government Renewable Heat Incentive.
Further advice on woodfuel
The Shrinking the Footprint campaign of the Church of England has also produced advice for churches exploring Solar PV:
The Energy Saving Trust also provides lots of information on both renewable energy, including woodfuel: