Biomass Boiler Cookers

There are a number of reasons that our Klover Smart 120 range cooker is one of our best sellers. As a biomass boiler it’s superbly efficient, turning wood pellets into heat for your house and water, powering central heating systems with ease. And whilst you are heating your home and your relaxing bath with clean, renewable energy you can also cook your dinner on it.

For your convenience it is fully automated and outputs 23 kW, meaning no more messy trips out to the coal house, or early morning starts to light the fires. It produces very minimal amounts of ash and what is produced is fine to use on the garden, unlike toxic coal ash. The internal hopper holds 32 kilos of pellets, these are automatically fed into the fire chamber as required, the burn efficiency is over 90% making it a logical solution to heating your home.

On top of it all it’s a stylish range cooker available in both a classic and modern look, meaning it suits any property. And if that wasn’t enough for you it’s also eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which means you get paid to heat your home.

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Simon Wright of Wright’s Food Emporium discusses the switch to biomass and the Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler cooker


Case Studies

Dual Stove Solution at Camrose, Pembrokeshire


Property Type and Location

Large detached house in Pembrokeshire

Pre-existing System

Matt and Martha bought a large, stunning stone house, which had been impossible to heat because of the size of the place. The seven Georgian Period Gentleman’s residence had once been built as a hunting, fishing and shooting lodge. With its high ceilings and large floor plan this has been a very special project, however the cold was really starting to get them down and the daunting prospect of heating this lovely large family home seemed like it was going to be prohibitively expensive. The house was originally heated by a mixture of coal and log stoves with back boilers, meaning that a number of stoves had to be lit in order to touch the chill.

New Biomass Solution

Reducing the amount of work in heating the house as well as having an effective system were priorities. We recommended a combination of stoves.

The Klover 120 was installed to heat most of the downstairs and provide the warm heart to the home, this has far lower time inputs than the original system with the stove automatically lighting and only requiring filling up once a week. The ash waste is also minimal meaning that Matt and Martha no longer had to carry buckets of ash through the house.

We also installed the Domusa 43 which went in to a garage as a very automated workhorse which will heat the rest of the house. The combined systems work together to provide all the remaining heating and hot water needs.

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

With this dual system  they get the best of both worlds:

  • The automated system with the Domusa ticks over and does the heavy work of heating the majority of the house
  • The attractive Klover 120 boiler range is within the heart of the house heating the water and the kitchen
  • No more taking dirty coal and dusty wood through the house
  • No more lighting multiple fires and ranges to take the chill off

The problem:

This stunning and large property required over 100,000 KwH heating to ensure a comfortable temperature in the house. The original mixed fuel systems failed to heat the house and was so poor they relied on an immersion heater to heat their hot water. This made for an expensive, messy and very involved approach to heating the house.

Considerations:

The design of the system was carefully considered – the work horse Domusa gave them a level of automation which gave them sufficient automated heat, which meant they could also have a more aesthetic solution in the heart of the house which gave them a beautiful focal point that enabled them to have a cosy fire in their kitchen.

Recommended solutions:

This was slightly complicated project, we considered the very large heat requirement of the building, how they fitted within the RHI scheme and the level of automation and the capital costs of putting the system. We looked at a larger single automated outbuilding boiler system but the capital outlay in the balance of things and the appeal of the Klover 120 outweighed the benefits of the utility outbuilding boiler. The out building would have also required adaptation for the larger system. This made what had been a difficult investment decision a lot more simple to make.

The installation process:

Because of our collaborative way of working the client installed the heating circuit before we came along to plumb it all in.

The result:

They have a warm family home with plenty of hot water and no longer have to lug heavy scuttles of coal and dusty ash pans through the house.

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Rosebush, automatically fed range cooker boiler at a detached stone cottage in Pembrokeshire


Property Type and Location

Detached stone cottage in Rosebush, Pembrokeshire

Pre-existing System

The original log burner with a back boiler was never great and when the Turners moved into their lovely stone cottage they realised that it was dusty and inefficient. The original log burner would not heat the house effectively and they had become tired of a cold house in the morning. They needed an automated and more effective solution.

New Biomass Solution

The solution was our Klover Smart 120, in red. It’s a classic and cannot fail to please. The lovely cooker range boiler fits into a more classic looking house, it’s smart and modern but has that timeless look.

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • Automated heating and hot water system
  • Cleaner and much easier to operate
  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable and legal fuel source
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years plus index linked income

The problem – hard work and ineffective

The romance of your new home takes the edge off most things, but getting up early every morning to light a stove that then doesn’t really heat the house can take the shine off a little.

Considerations – efficient timing on installation

The Klover boiler range went in early in the process of refitting the kitchen as the RHI was changing. To ensure our clients received the best RHI rate possible we worked within their timetables.

Options – automatic boiler ranges

Nick Cater, Director at Birds’ Hill Biomass, visited the Turners and talked through the options for an automated biomass heating systems with them. He explained the economic benefits of available through the Renewable Heat Incentive, including free fuel for 7 years and an excellent return on investment, as well as the environmental advantages of switching from coal to biomass.

The solution – Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker, an automated and cleaner heating and cooking system

The couple chose the Red Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker to replace the multi fuel stove in their kitchen. This Klover model has fully automated controls, allowing them to programme their heating and hot water supply. The wood pellets are delivered in 10kg bags by Forever Fuels on a pallet to their home once a quarter, and then stored in an outbuilding. The bags of pellets are far cleaner and easier to handle than the coal, substantially reducing the amounts of both work and the dirt.

Installation – all hands on deck with Birds’ Hill Biomass

Technical Director, Brendan Klein-Breteler was on site for the duration of the installation. The stove was initially installed to give the clients immediate warm water and heating but now their kitchen is being installed we will now be going back in to move the stove to its final place.

Nick then sat down with the couple and completed the paperwork required for MCS (Micro Certification Scheme – required for biomass boilers etc.) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) application.

Benefits – rapid return on investment through the RHI and a cleaner, easier, sustainable heating system

The costs of the new boiler range cooker and wood pellet fuel are fully covered by the Renewable Heat Incentive. After an upfront payment of £12,000, they will receive payments for 7 years through the scheme, paid in quarterly installments. These will repay the capital in 3 years and then provide a tax-free income for 4 years thereafter. Aside from a significant and rapid return on their investment, the couple now have a cleaner, greener and much easier method of heating their home.

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Wood pellet boiler range in stone farm house, Knighton


Property Type and Location

Stone farm house on the Welsh borders

Pre-existing System

The pre existing system at Knighton Farm Welsh Fruit Stocks was a dusty and inefficient coal multi fuel range  which was  40 years old, the house was cold as the system in place was just not up to heating the house. The original system caused a lot of fine dust and the owners were bringing a new baby back to the house, which caused them concern.

New Biomass Solution

We recommended the smart and very efficient Klover Smart 120. The Smart 120 pellet cooker takes care of all their heating and hot water needs and it has given them a stylish hot oven and hotplate. The self regulating system does not require much maintenance which is essential when you have a young family. All their radiators run off the system and the house is no longer cold!

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • Automated heating and hot water system
  • Cleaner and much easier to operate
  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable and legal fuel source
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years plus index linked income

The problem – hard work to heat the house using dirty coal

Their farmhouse had always been cold and the original range had been dirty to use and inefficient at heating anything. They would get up early to stoke up the old range to warm up their home in time for breakfast,  trudging outside to the bunker to collect the coal, reloading the range, then waited for the house to heat up, which it never did. With a baby on the way enough was enough, they needed something far better for their family.

Considerations – time for a change to a renewable heating system

Tired of the demands of the coal-fuelled range and with a desire to leave behind fossil fuels, the family knew it was time to change their heating system. They wanted a cleaner, less labour-intensive method of heating their otherwise comfortable farmhouse. They’d heard about the Renewable Heat Incentive, a scheme that pays home owners and businesses to generate energy from renewable sources such as biomass, and decided to investigate further.

Options – biomass boilers presented by Birds’ Hill Biomass

Nick Cater proposed the Klover 120 because it met so many of their needs. No longer would someone have to get up early to fire up their old range, handling dirty coal, it was clean and efficient, only needing loading once a week and with its automatic firing it also meant it was as easy as gas fired systems.

The solution – Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker, an automated and cleaner heating and cooking system

They chose the traditional cream Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker to replace the coal fired range. This Klover model has fully automated controls, allowing them to programme their heating and hot water supply. The wood pellets are delivered in 10kg bags to their home once a quarter, and then stored in an outbuilding. The bags of pellets are far cleaner and easier to handle than the coal, substantially reducing the amounts of both work and the dirt.

Benefits – rapid return on investment through the RHI and a cleaner, easier, sustainable heating system

The costs of the new boiler cooker and wood pellet fuel are fully covered by the Renewable Heat Incentive. After an upfront payment of £12,000, the couple will receive payments for 7 years through the scheme, paid in quarterly installments. These will repay the capital in 3 years and then provide a tax-free income for 4 years thereafter. Aside from a significant and rapid return on their investment, the family now have a cleaner, greener and much easier method of heating their home.

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Klover Smart 120 going into the lovely old fire place

Biomass Boiler-Hob in Rural Carmarthenshire


Property Type and Location

Mr and Mrs Craig live in a detached cottage in rural Carmarthenshire. The had an old oil boiler in an attached utility building that provided heat for the house and hot water supply.

Pre-existing System

The house and hot water were heated from an old oil boiler in an attached utility building. Whilst this system was working, Mr and Mrs Craig felt that it was time to make the switch to biomass. They also had an empty alcove in their kitchen which had previously been home to a range cooker.

New Biomass Solution

Birds’ Hill Biomass decommissioned and removed the old boiler from the outbuilding and installed a striking new Klover Smart 80 biomass boiler-hob in the kitchen alcove. This satisfied the Craigs’ desire to make the switch to biomass and delivered cost-savings from the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to boot.

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • More than 2x the installed cost of the biomass boiler to be recouped over 7 years under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

  • By moving away from fossil fuels, Mr and Mrs Craig have significantly reduced their carbon footprint.

  • A new attractive feature boiler with hotplates takes pride of place in the previously empty alcove.

  • Up to 5kw of heat delivered to the room by the boiler


The Problem – an old boiler in a utility building and an empty alcove

Mr and Mrs Craig had an old oil boiler in a utility building supplying heat for the house and hot water and an empty alcove in their kitchen that had previously been occupied by a range. Concerned about their impact on the environment, they were looking to make the transition to a biomass boiler and at the same time make better use of the alcove by bringing the heating system back into their home.

Considerations – Replace like for like or bring the boiler into the house?

Nick Cater from Birdshill Biomass discussed a number options with the Craigs. Various fuel types were considered including wood pellet boilers, and log boilers. In the end the extra convenience of wood pellets was preferable to Mr and Mrs Craig. Next a decsion had to be made about the kind of wood pellet boiler. Nick suggested two options for the Craigs to consider. One was to simply replace the old oil boiler with a similar biomass utility boiler which would have brought the advantages of auto-refuelling and less-frequent cleaning. Another was to install a new biomass boiler-cooker in the alcove which would look the part and bring the source of heat back into the heart of the home. The added bonus of making the switch to biomass in this instance was a return from the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over 7 years of more than double the cost of the installed biomass boiler.

Recommended Solution – Klover Biomass Boiler-Hob

Having considered these options, they decided in the end on the 23kw Klover Smart 80 biomass boiler-cooker, bringing the source of heat for the home into the kitchen and making use of the alcove once again with the provision of an attractive heat source in the heart of their home and an additional hob.

The Installation Process – out with the old, in with the new

By working with the existing plumbing the team at Birds’ Hill Biomass were able to keep installation costs to a minimum. Some work had to be done to bring the floor of the alcove down to the same level as the rest of the room enabling installation of the alcove kit that allows the wood pellet boiler to be rolled out for essential maintenance. Some additional radiators were also installed and the services of local electricians employed so that the biomass boiler could be wired up in accordance with regulations. A final tricky job was relining the awkward chimney with a flexible liner – no problem for the experienced team from Birds’ Hill!

The Result – the source of heat back into the heart of the home

Mr and Mrs Craig now have a beautiful Klover Smart 80 biomass boiler-cooker in their previously unused alcove. This wood pellet boiler looks the part, fulfiling the role of a kitchen range very effectively. An additional benefit is the recouping of more than double the installed cost of the biomass boiler over 7 years in the form of payments under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

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Biomass boiler-cooker at Wright’s cafe in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire


Property Type and Location

Wright’s Independent Food Emporium is a renowned and thriving café, delicatessen and wine and beer store housed in the former Golden Grove Arms in Llanarthne, between Llandeilo and Carmarthen. The large converted Georgian pub has been brought back to life in an exciting new form by local food entrepreneurs Simon and Maryann Wright, ably assisted by their son Joel and friendly team of food and drink enthusiasts.

Pre-existing System

The existing log and coal solid fuel range at Wright’s did not provide enough heating for the cafe and delicatessen. The un-automated system created extra work for the busy cafe staff as it needed regular refuelling and cleaning, with dirty coal ash being carried through the eating areas.

New Biomass Solution

Birds’ Hill Biomass installed the Klover Smart 120 wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker into the main eating area of the cafe. The removal of the solid fuel range and installation of the new boiler-cooker took place out of Wright’s opening hours.

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • Automated, easy to use and cleaner heating system, freeing up staff time.
  • Reduced the carbon footprint of the business.
  • Hot plates and sealed oven to be used for baking and serving food.
  • Stylish design in a striking deep red colour.
  • Index linked income for 20 years.

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The problem – Solid fuel range made extra work for café staff

The aged oil heating system had died. A coal and log fuelled range boiler in the main restaurant, though looking fantastic, was not doing its job; in fact it was creating extra work for the staff at the busy café. The heat output was insufficient for the size of the property (and those chilly Carmarthenshire winter nights!), and the range required manual lighting, constant refuelling and cleaning. Tending to the boiler was a task that the hardworking team could do without.

Considerations – Searching for a sustainable, stylish and functional heat source for the café

The Wrights knew that they needed to find a better way to heat the café. They also wanted to reduce the carbon footprint of their business. Chatting to Nick Cater, Birds Hill Biomass director and regular Wright’s customer, the family found out more about the benefits of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and the new Klover biomass boiler / cookers available on the market.

What the café needed was a cleaner and automated heating system with a bigger heat output than their current range. The fuel would need to be renewable and sustainably sourced. The new boiler would have to work with the existing plumbing in the building and be able to cope with an increasing heat demand, to fit in with the Wrights’ plans for expanding their business.

It was important that the biomass boiler also looked good too, as it would be located in the café’s main eating area, in front of the old fireplace.

Recommended solution – The Klover Smart 120 wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker

Simon and Maryann chose the stylish Klover Smart 120 wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker, in deep red. With an increased heat output (23 kW versus 14 kW) the new biomass boiler-cooker is big enough to heat the entire restaurant and rooms above.

In addition to providing the essential heating for the café, the Klover has a hob with covered plates and a sealed oven – perfect for baking, according to the Wrights.

The automated system is fully programmable and only needs topping up with pellets once a day, whilst removing the ash is a 15 minute job, once a week.

Overall, it’s much less labour intensive than the solid fuel range and allows the team at Wright’s more time to do what they do best – serving up their speciality food and drinks. On top of this the boiler-cooker qualifies for the Non Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) and will provide an index-linked income for the next 20 years.

The installation process – Working out of hours to keep the show on the road

It was critical that the installation of the biomass boiler-cooker did not disrupt the smooth running of the café. The Birds Hill Biomass team worked out of hours, alongside the Wrights’ preferred Carmarthenshire based plumbers and electricians to remove the range and get the new boiler up and running in two days.

The boiler was carefully commissioned to balance the pressure and temperature of the hot water flowing through the long lengths of pipework connecting the radiators in the café’s various rooms. Once the installation was complete, the Birds Hill Biomass team gave the Wright’s staff a short tutorial on how to programme, top up and clean the Klover Smart 120.

The result – Smart, sustainable biomass fuelled heating and cooking

The smart new wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker is already making life easier for the team at Wright’s Independent Food Emporium. The automatic programming and cleaner fuel (wood pellets, instead of coal and logs) allows the team to spend less time serving the biomass boiler and more time serving their customers.

The return on investment makes great business sense for the Wrights: using the Klover wood pellet boiler provides the company with an index linked income for the next 20 years, through the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, as well as reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

The Birds Hill Biomass team are now looking forward to trying out the first batch of biomass baked treats!

Customer comment

“We’re really pleased with the Klover. It’s cleaner than the old range and much easier to use. The heating now comes on automatically and the place is warm for staff and customers when they arrive in the morning. It looks great too.”

Watch – Simon Wright discusses the Klover Smart 120

 

 

 

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Biomass boiler-cooker/range in a traditional Welsh farmhouse in Llansadwrn, West Wales


Property Type and Location

A four bedroom traditional stone farmhouse in the rural village of Llandsadwrn, Carmarthenshire, West Wales; home to Andy, his partner and their daughter.

Pre-existing System

Solid fuel (anthracite) Rayburn located in the kitchen/living room providing heating and hot water. This un-automated range was labour intensive, dirty to light and inefficient to run.

New Biomass Solution

Birds’ Hill Biomass replaced the solid fuel range with a new Traditional Cream Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler-cooker providing heating, hot water, oven and hot plates.

Upgraded heating controls and domestic hot water cylinder.

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • Automated heating and hot water system
  • Cleaner and much easier to operate
  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable and legal fuel source
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years plus index linked income

The problem – hard work to heat the house using dirty coal

During their first winter in their new farmhouse, Andy got up early to stoke up the old Rayburn and warm up their home in time for breakfast. He trekked outside to the bunker to collect the coal, reloaded the range, then waited for the house to heat up. He had to make sure the Rayburn was riddled and the coal topped up several times a day, and the ash removed and disposed of. Heating their home was dirty, hard work and the Rayburn needed constant attention. One winter was enough!

Considerations – time for a change to a renewable heating system

Tired of the demands of the coal-fuelled Rayburn and eager to get away from fossil fuel, the couple decided that they needed to upgrade their heating system. They wanted a cleaner, less labour-intensive method of heating their otherwise comfortable farmhouse. They’d heard about the Renewable Heat Incentive, a scheme that pays home owners and businesses to generate energy from renewable sources such as biomass, and decided to investigate further.

Options – biomass boilers presented by Birds’ Hill Biomass

Nick Cater, Director at Birds’ Hill Biomass, visited the farmhouse and talked through the options for an automated biomass heating systems with the couple. He explained the economic benefits of available through the Renewable Heat Incentive, including free fuel for 7 years and an excellent return on investment, as well as the environmental advantages of switching from coal to biomass.

Nick suggested two alternative automated systems; one option was to install an efficient wood pellet utility boiler located in the outhouse, removing the Rayburn and creating more space inside the home.

Nick’s other proposal was to replace the existing Rayburn in the kitchen with a stylish biomass boiler-cooker, which would not only provide heating and hot water for the home but also an oven and hot plates for cooking. He explained that the biomass boiler-cooker is similar to the Rayburn, but more efficient, cleaner and runs on sustainably sourced fuel.

The solution – Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker, an automated and cleaner heating and cooking system

The couple chose the Traditional Cream Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker to replace the Rayburn in their kitchen. This Klover model has fully automated controls, allowing them to programme their heating and hot water supply. The wood pellets are delivered in 10kg bags by Forever Fuels on a pallet to their home once a quarter, and then stored in an outbuilding. The bags of pellets are far cleaner and easier to handle than the coal, substantially reducing the amounts of both work and the dirt.

Installation – all hands on deck with Birds’ Hill Biomass

Technical Director, Brendan Klein-Breteler was on site for the duration of the installation – coordinating the works and carrying out the disconnection of the old Rayburn; preparation works for the new system, including installing a new hot water cylinder and upgraded controls; and installing and commissioning the Klover Smart 120 boiler-cooker. During the installation efforts were made to re-use the existing (2-year-old) flue liner but ultimately this had to be replaced with a new liner.

The Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker was going into an alcove which would not provide sufficient space each side for ongoing servicing and maintenance work. So Firepower Heating (the Klover UK distributor) supplied an “alcove kit” which consists of a heavy metal base and runners with flexible plumbing connections that allows the boiler-cooker to be rolled out of the alcove. For ease of use this then required some modification to the plinth.

Nick then sat down with the couple and completed the paperwork required for MCS (Micro Certification Scheme – required for biomass boilers etc.) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) application.

Benefits – rapid return on investment through the RHI and a cleaner, easier, sustainable heating system

The costs of the new boiler cooker and wood pellet fuel are fully covered by the Renewable Heat Incentive. After an upfront payment of £12,000, the couple will receive payments for 7 years through the scheme, paid in quarterly instalments. These will repay the capital in 3 years and then provide a tax-free income for 4 years thereafter. Aside from a significant and rapid return on their investment, the couple now have a cleaner, greener and much easier method of heating their home.

Andy’s comments

We’re really pleased with our new heating system. We wanted to get away from using fossil fuel, but loved the traditional look of our old Rayburn, which was the heart of our home. We were delighted when Nick showed us the Klover Smart 120 because it meant we could keep the traditional look and feel of Rayburn radiating away in the kitchen inglenook, but have the convenience of a timed system. With the Rayburn, if we went away for the weekend we’d return to a cold home. We’d have to empty the firebox and wait two hours for the fire to get going and warm up the house. With the Klover, we can turn the heating off when we are not in, and time it to come on before we get back. We’ve baked cakes and roasted a leg of lamb in the oven too. The house is cleaner because the Klover generates less dust than the Rayburn and far less ash. What’s more, we can put the ash on the garden instead of carrying it to the end of the drive for the council to collect.

Watch – Simon Wright discusses the Klover Smart 120

 

 

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