Stackpole Biomass – getting a handle on the fuel

Nice to see the flame in the Froling boiler

Nice to see the flame in the Froling boiler

This morning and it was the familiar trek down to the stunning south-west of Wales and the National Trust residential and conservation centre at Stackpole. The 300kw wood chip system is now over a year old and Chris the area Ranger had invited me down to chat about the woodland and timber management for fuel. The near-by estate will probably supply most of the needs of the system (400M3 of chip per annum) But as they get to learn the ways of the boiler they also are getting a feeling for the woodland management which is needed. The trees mostly softwood come from very near-by but in sometimes difficult to access situations and as for storage for drying the timber Chris is not spoilt for choice. It was good to see that Chris had most of the solutions figured out and was bouncing ideas (it’s always good to have an accomplice!) There is an improved plan for storage, management and fuelling to drive that moisture content down in the timber

Mr Oliver and his 300kw Froling wood chip system. Biomass is quite a bit more hands on

Mr Oliver and his 300kw Froling wood chip system. Biomass is quite a bit more hands on

Something i haven't seen before. Chris took me out to see the cone splitter at work. Making the larger logs fit in the chipper. Simple and elegant. Cone screws in until the timber gives way.

Something i haven’t seen before. Chris took me out to see the cone splitter at work. Making the larger logs fit in the chipper. Simple and elegant. Cone screws in until the timber gives way.

On the way to stackpole this morning. Slight flood at Crew Castle. There is a road under that water

On the way to Stackpole this morning. Slight flood at Crew Castle. There is a road under that water!

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3 Responses to Stackpole Biomass – getting a handle on the fuel

  1. Mike says:

    Do they have their own chipper or do they rent one?

  2. Louise says:

    Have you seen Barden Energy’s installation at the National Trust Langdale Campsite. This site has 150kW Herz Firematic biomass boiler installed with a bespoke boulder wall (climbing wall) on the side of boiler house/chip store along with 300m of district heat piping dug into the ground and now invisible to those who visit.
    This site is estimated to save 105 tonnes of carbon per year by moving from LPG to locally sourced FSC wood chip provided by Barden Energy. Truly exciting times for the National Trust.

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