130kW Woodchip boiler
UK Hardwoods is an established supplier of traditional hardwood flooring, beams and lintels. Dunster was asked to design and install a biomass heating system to heat a storage shed and drying kiln. Dunster worked closely with a controls engineer to integrate the combined temperature and humidity control with the biomass system. Dunster also advised on the design and layout of the plant room and fuel hopper.
Fuel supply and chip handling
Fuel is provided by offcuts and other waste from the timber business which is chipped by a local contractor directly into the fuel store. The fuel store contains enough fuel to require filling only five times per year. The automatic agitator and auger system transfers the chip from the store into the boiler without the need for any manual intervention.
System design and installation
The system maintains the main storage shed at 25˚C and 50% humidity which is considered ideal air drying conditions for the timber. One corner of the building has been converted into a drying kiln. The temperature within the kiln is gradually raised to 50˚C and maintained at that level for a period of weeks before rising further to over 56˚C for at least 24 hours. This ensures that any insects are killed and allows the timber to reach the optimum moisture content.
The ETA boiler is fully integrated into the control system to ensure maximum efficiency.
Drying time for standard timber is less than half of previous times with a beneficial impact on turnover and stock levels. It has also allowed the effective drying of larger quantities and sizes of timber enabling the business to diversify into new areas.
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