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Solid Fuel Boilers in Essex - Best Installation & Repair Costs

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Since the cost of heating fuel can sometimes be overwhelming, one option to consider is Essex solid fuel boilers. Consumers who install solid fuel boilers are able to use a variety of different materials to heat their home or business. This not only saves money, but can effectively reduce the amount of mass going into our landfills as well.

What are Solid Fuel Boilers?

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Essex solid fuel boilers come in a variety of different forms, so there is bound to be one to suit every purpose. Some look much like traditional wood or oil furnaces and may be located either indoors or out. Others resemble freestanding stoves and might be located in multiple areas of a home or business. Fireplaces can also be converted into solid fuel boilers, thereby making it possible to burn more than just wood in them.

Features of Essex Solid Fuel Boilers

When deciding which model is best, it’s important to know what features are available. Some units have extra-large capacities that allow users to add larger amounts of fuel. That way, the stove will not need to be stoked as often. Freestanding stoves might also come with electric blowers on them that will disperse heat around the room nicely. Solid fuel boilers are also capable of heating water, and this could ultimately save consumers a great deal of money on their energy bill. Boilers come with an efficiency range of 85 to 98%, with higher numbered appliances being more energy-efficient than ones with lower numbers.

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Types of Fuel that can be Burned

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Many people enjoy the flexibility offered by solid fuel boilers Essex since they are free to use more than one type of fuel to heat their homes. A few of the different types of fuel that can be used in one of these heaters include firewood, coal, wood pellets, peat and fuel tablets. It might also be possible to burn things such as corn cobs, cherry pits, and bamboo. Charcoal could even be used in some outdoor units but is not recommended for indoor use. While it is possible to use more than one type of solid fuel, only one particular type should be burned at any given time.

Benefits of Solid Fuel Burners

When it comes to choosing Essex solid fuel burners, there are plenty of advantages to consider. The biggest one for most people is the fact that it can help them save money on heating their home or business. These stoves are also fairly inexpensive to install yet can be expected to last for decades with proper care. Solid fuel boilers can often operate even when there is a power outage, so people who live in locations that have frequent storms can take comfort in knowing they won’t be without heat whenever electricity service is interrupted. Installing them takes relatively little time and major modifications to a particular structure are usually not needed.

Solid Fuel for Whole Home Heating?

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Solid fuel boilers were the first types of boilers introduced to homeowners in the UK. These homeowners would simply load the “tank” portion of the stove with wood, coal, peat, or even wood pellets, then wait as the heat transferred into the water used for bathing, cooking, and even heating. However, new technologies allowed for the delivery and use of other fuels, including oil, LPG, natural gas, and even electricity, which made heating a home and its water supply much more convenient – and in many cases, more cost effective.

Today, certain types of fuel sources that can be used in solid fuel boilers (namely coal) remain more cost-effective than traditional fuels. However, heating a large home and its entire water supply does require a lot of fuel, which means Essex homeowners need to keep that fuel in storage. In most cases, professionals recommend replacing solid fuel boilers with oil, gas, LPG, or electric ones, instead. They are generally regarded as safer, more efficient, and easier to control and maintain.

Potential Disadvantages of Solid Fuel Boilers

There are potential disadvantages of steel and cast iron solid fuel boilers, which should be taken into consideration:

  • Steel boilers often don’t last for as long as cast iron boilers. In open systems that rely on natural circulation, they last for even shorter times because of the amount of active oxygen in the coolant that destroys the steel. In most cases, these units can expect to last between 10 and 15 years.
  • Cast iron boilers cost far more than steel burners, and they are substantially heavier in weight as well.
  • Cast iron is somewhat fragile, so the temperature difference between flow and return should never exceed 20 degrees. If it does, there is the risk that the unit could fracture.

Essex Solid Fuel Boiler Costs

It’s no surprise that solid fuel boilers can vary a great deal in price. Commercial units are normally more expensive than ones installed in private homes are. The size and type of unit selected can also play a part along with other factors that can include:

  • Type of features chosen – more elaborate models can cost more to install
  • Whether or not additional ventilation needs to be added
  • Location and condition of chimneys (when installing freestanding stoves)
  • Time of year when installation takes place – heating contractors are usually less busy at certain times of the year and may offer a discount to customers who choose installation during this time
  • Whether or not a maintenance agreement is purchased at the time of installation

Professional Installation is Mandatory

Although it may look easy to install and set up a solid fuelled boiler, the truth is that qualified professionals should only perform appliance installations like these. This will ensure that the appliance operates as efficiently as possible, while also keeping the unit’s warranty intact. An experienced Essex boiler engineer will also be able to advise you regarding which size unit will be the most suitable for your family’s needs.

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Your Essex solid fuel boiler questions answered

Solid fuel boilers generally use organic waste as fuel. This usually includes things like bark, mill waste, sawdust and sander dust, planer shavings, paper, and other similar materials that burn easily and generally burn very hot as well.

When burning organic materials, there will always be a little bit of waste product left behind. This waste ash can be used in your garden or just tipped into the bin once it has cooled. It is much cleaner than burning fossil fuels.

That will depend on the size of the boiler that you would like to have installed. On average, solid fuel boiler will cost between £4,500 and £7,200 for a simple installation. This will not include the purchase of fuel.

The average lifespan of a solid fuel boiler is 10-15 years, with proper and regular maintenance. These boilers can begin to lose efficiency after about 10 years, even when maintained, so you may wish to consider replacement after that point.

Solid fuel boilers can be heated with a variety of materials, including wood, coal, charcoal, peat, wood pellets and fuel tablets. Many will also operate on biomass materials such as corn, rye, or wheat.

Yes. Some of the most popular brands of solid fuel boilers include Aga, Aarow, Yeoman, Charnwood, Stanley, Westfire, Hunter, Villager, Stratford, Esse Stoves, Ashwood, Firebelly and Hamlet Stoves. This means that you can choose from many different models to ensure that you get the right option for your home.

Because solid fuel boilers aren’t as cost-effective as their more modern counterparts, they are best reserved for certain applications. For example, if you have a garage with an attached bathroom, or even a guesthouse, and neither has an adequate source of heat, a solid fuel boiler may be a great solution. These can heat smaller areas quite well and quite efficiently, at that. However, if you’re interested in heating a multi-storey home with more than one bathroom, a solid fuel boiler is likely not the best option.

Most companies that can install other types of boilers can also install solid fuel options, but the best way to find out involves filling out the short form you’ll find here. After you submit your form, you’ll be contacted by up to four local companies that can help you with your needs, including maintenance, repair, installation, or simply advice.

In short, installing any type of boiler unit is a specialised job that is best left to professionals. After all, why risk voiding the warranty on your costly new boiler just to save a few pounds on installation? All boiler units provided by our suppliers are sold with a warranty, provided that they are professionally installed.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as it will depend on your family’s heating requirements. Our network of accredited engineers will be able to provide you with several options regarding brands and models that will enable you to make the best choice possible.

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