Self sufficient home cooking and heating
The Rayburn solid fuel and multi fuel series can be
fuelled with natural, carbon neutral wood or solid fuels like heat
logs, peat briquettes or manufactured Smokeless fuel.
Probably the most important thing to ensure when you're burning
wood is that it is really dry, so you should always try and use
either kiln dried or seasoned wood logs. You can get good
seasoned wood by buying it dry, or you can buy green logs and dry
them yourself. You can tell if wood is well seasoned by bark that
comes off easily and cracks appearing from the centre of the log.
You should always avoid burning logs that aren't dry. Freshly
harvested wood contains naturally high amounts of water, between 65
- 90% depending on the species. Burning damp logs or fresh logs
with a high moisture content can create tars and smoke which can be
corrosive, potentially damaging the lining of your flue and
increasing the danger of a chimney fire. After seasoning, store
your logs undercover to keep them dry and ready for use.
Burning wood is carbon neutral, because it only releases the
same amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as it would if were
left to decompose on the forest floor. So when you're burning
firewood you can be assured that you are not harming the
environment. Trees reabsorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere
whilst they are growing, thus completing the cycle.
Solid fuel represents an efficient and economical method of
fuelling your home. There is a wide range of manufactured smokeless
fuels and heat logs to choose from. As you always hold stock, solid
fuel gives you independence from reliance on large energy
suppliers, ensuring that you don't need to worry about supply
failures or power cuts. If you don't live in a Smoke Control Area
you can also burn house coal. Contact your local Environmental
Health Department for more information about Smoke Control
You don't have to be 100% reliant on your solid fuel boiler.
We've developed a clever bit of kit called Eco-Connect, that
actually allows you to link your solid fuel or wood burning central
heating system with a gas or oil fired boiler, which means you can
leave the solid fuel part off and fall back on the gas or oil
heating when ever required. Eco-Connect will also automatically
pull heat from your wood fuel boiler and only turn on the gas or
oil boiler when it's needed. It therefore gives priority to the
renewable energy source and features a display screen to tell you
which fuel source it's pulling the heat from. The Eco-Connect will
also mix the heat input from the two heat sources if the solid fuel
boiler isn't quite generating enough hot water. Eco-Connect allows
for safe dissipation of heat in the case of possible accidental
over-firing of the solid fuel appliance or during an electrical
power cut and has been third party tested and accredited and
recently won OFTEC's award for Innovative product of the year.
For more information on solid fuel please visit the Solid Fuel
Association website at www.solidfuel.co.uk.