Keep your biomass fuel store clean and give your boiler a boost!
Taking good care of your fuel store will help get the best results from your biomass boiler’s performance.
Fuel store cleaning promotes the smooth and efficient running of your biomass installation. If left unmanaged, your biomass boiler is more likely to develop a fault, resulting in potential breakdown costs.
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Even the highest quality wood fuel will still contain a small amount of fines and dust which can lead to a build-up, creating blockages and combustion issues. ENplus recommends that fuel stores are cleaned out after every five deliveries or once every two years (whichever comes sooner).
Health and Safety
Entering wood fuel stores can pose health and safety risks such as a exposure to carbon monoxide and excessive exposure to wood dust. Regular fuel store cleaning should be carried out by professionals with specialist training.
At AMP Clean Energy, we take health and safety very seriously and have implemented specific HSE standards.
Our skilled, confined space trained personnel follow industry and regulatory guidance when carrying out fuel store cleans. They take care of every step of the process including ventilating the store prior to entry and ensuring a safe working environment throughout the store clean.
Health and Safety
Entering wood fuel stores can pose health and safety risks such as exposure to carbon monoxide build up and excessive exposure to wood dust. That’s why it’s important store cleans are carried out by trained professionals.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, toxic gas which can build-up in an enclosed wood fuel store and deplete oxygen levels.
Exposure to wood dust
Health risks created by wood dust can be particularly harmful to people with underlying health conditions such as asthma.
What’s involved in a fuel store clean?
Our technician will use specialised equipment to remove up to 250kg of accumulated fines and dust from the hopper, the store walls, and the auger tray, leaving your biomass store in top condition for your next delivery. You can even order a clean and redelivery on the same day to minimise boiler downtime.
Ongoing service and maintenance:
Once your store is clean and refuelled it is worth ensuring that your boiler has been serviced ahead of the winter heating season. Servicing your biomass boiler ahead will minimise the risk of breakdowns and ensure peace of mind when you need it most.
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What happens during a fuel store clean?
Our confined spaces trained professionals will take care of every step of the process including ventilating the store prior to entry and ensuring a safe working environment throughout the store clean.
Our technicians use specialised equipment to remove up to 250kg of accumulated fines and dust from the hopper, the walls and store floor and the auger tray. This leaves your biomass store in great shape, ready for your next delivery. You can even order a clean and redelivery on the same day to minimise boiler downtime.
Full guidelines on the operation of fuel stores from the UK Pellet Council, ENplus and the European Pellet Council can be found here.
Why is it important to clean out my fuel store?
Regular fuel store cleaning will significantly reduce the risk of boiler issues and breakdowns caused by the build-up of fines and dust. In turn, this will help increase boiler uptime and maximise RHI payments.
Wood pellet stores can also pose health and safety risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s why it’s best to leave cleaning in the hands of the experts who will follow the correct safety procedures and have the right equipment for the job.
How often should I get my fuel store cleaned?
Wood pellets lose their ENplus accreditation once they are removed from a store, so it’s always best to let your store run as low as possible before a clean.
ENplusrecommends that fuel stores are cleaned out after every five deliveries or once every two years (whichever comes sooner). Once your store is cleaned it is a great time to get a redelivery and a boiler service.