Loading woodchip

Loading woodchip

 
 Every three weeks during the winter the Park’s biomass boiler is topped up with a trailer load of woodchip. The boiler is an 85KW Froeling Turbomatic with a 2,000 litre buffer tank and is now in its 6th winter. As a rule of thumb each KW needs 1 tonne of chip for the cold season. This timber is either sourced from within the QE forest or brought in from local Forestry Commission plantations. Having seasoned for a year to reduce the moisture to below 30% the whole years supply is chipped at one time and stored in a large purpose-built barn.
 
View from inside the boiler hopper

View from inside the boiler hopper

   

 The boiler has the capability to load chip on demand and to remove the ash. The chip specification is described as W40/G50. This means that the moisture can be as high as 40% and the bulk of the chip particles must be 50mm in size.
The boiler heats the visitor centre and main facilities, and provides some of our hot water.
 
The Park runs regular walks and talks on the subject of biomass. The next one will take place on Saturday the 21st January at 1.30pm. Pre-booking required @ £3 per head for the two-hour session.   
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