Disconnecting from your local power supply is cause for celebration. However, it’s not time to break out the champagne just yet. You need to think about the future. When wintertime rolls around, staying warm will be the key to success.
The humble wood stove has been around for over 400 years. Consisting of a metal box with a wood-burning fire inside, the stove has a grate to draw in oxygen and a flue running outdoors to get rid of the smoke.
Pellet stoves are similar to wood stoves but with a few key differences. Instead of using seasoned firewood as fuel, a pellet stove uses recycled pieces of leftover wood and other organic material.
They have a storage compartment for the fuel, an ignition mechanism, and a blower for air circulation. There are several types of propane heating systems available, including furnaces, boilers, and space heaters.
Kerosene is generally more expensive than propane per fuel unit. However, kerosene burns more efficiently and can produce more BTUs per fuel unit than propane.
A biomass boiler works like a regular boiler, except it doesn’t run on gas or electricity. Instead, it runs on organic material, like wood. As the fuel burns, it heats water and circulates it through a piping system around your home.
Conceptually, a biogas boiler is the same as a traditional boiler or biomass boiler. But instead of using wood or electricity as fuel, it relies on homemade biogas.