Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Reflection On Biomass Boilers

When Tom Demaline decided it was time Willoway Nurseries in Avon, Ohio, shifted away from natural gas, he knew he needed a replacement system that required little maintenance and could burn a wide selection of product.

Demaline wound up purchasing a biomass boiler from Hurst Boiler within the last two years, using wood as a fuel source after contemplating corn. Overall, Demaline is satisfied with the system he added, and he’s already seen some cost savings in the fuel area. The only snag in the switch, he says, is that Willoway could use another acre of space for fuel storage.

“We were fortunate everybody was excited about the process,” Demaline says. “It’s different than flipping the switch on a package boiler and letting it run all night.”

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