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Renewable Energy => Biomass Boilers => Topic started by: LucidEnergy on November 25, 2015, 12:30:27 AM

Title: Can I basically throw anything in?
Post by: LucidEnergy on November 25, 2015, 12:30:27 AM
I know this will seem like an incredibly novice question, but within reason, can you throw anything into a biomass boiler? Like old newspapers, drieds twigs and other dry garden waste?
Title: Re: Can I basically throw anything in?
Post by: allegrif on November 25, 2015, 12:04:44 PM
I believe so, at least for it to work anyway. The question is more of a moral and environmental one. Burning things like plastic and rubber would also work for example, but you'd be doing far more harm than good to the environment.
Title: Re: Can I basically throw anything in?
Post by: LucidEnergy on November 25, 2015, 02:58:59 PM
I believe so, at least for it to work anyway. The question is more of a moral and environmental one. Burning things like plastic and rubber would also work for example, but you'd be doing far more harm than good to the environment.

Indeed, although things like twigs and dried leaves would not be harmful. I wouldn't put plastic in as I know burning plastic can produce toxic fumes. My main concern is whether you could damage the boiler by feeding it with random but of dried organic material, rather than specific wood logs.
Title: Re: Can I basically throw anything in?
Post by: St Rhenium on November 26, 2015, 05:01:39 PM
Indeed, although things like twigs and dried leaves would not be harmful. I wouldn't put plastic in as I know burning plastic can produce toxic fumes. My main concern is whether you could damage the boiler by feeding it with random but of dried organic material, rather than specific wood logs.
I doubt you'd damage it. If you did, I'm sure it would be reversible damage. I'm just more conscious of the environmental impact of what goes in.