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Using Woodfuel

Woodfuel is a cost-effective, clean, efficient low-carbon option for a wide range of users including businesses, community and public sector organisations, home-owners, farmers and estate owners. Woodfuel is particularly cost-effective in off-gas grid areas and where end users have access to their own supply of wood.

Gelston Lodge installation

Managing a successful wood fuel installation

This brief guide will help you do the groundwork for a wood fuel installation project. It covers energy efficiency, boiler or stove sizing, storage and delivery, local wood fuel availability, regulations, choice of wood fuel heating system, and supply and maintenance contracts.

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Wood fuel equipment and systems

Burners range in size from wood-burning stoves, heating individual rooms, to large boilers running district heating systems, heating many buildings, to combined heat and power plants. Wood fuel heating systems are clean and highly efficient and can be automated.

Handful of wood chips

Types of woodfuel

Woodfuel generally comes from forest management and harvesting operations, energy forestry, tree-surgery and pruning. Other sources include timber processing residues, and undermanaged farm and estate woodlands. The main wood fuel types are logs, wood chips and pellets.

Metal chimney with cowel

Regulations and guidance

Information on regulations and guidance on installing and burning woodfuel in Scotland: air quality, building standards, planning and VAT.