Purchasing wood fuel
All wood fuels are not equal. Heat plant are designed for specific fuels. When buying new heat plant first establish what fuels are likely to be available through the up to 30 year life of the plant. Once you know what fuel may be available then chose plant suitable for that fuel.
Fuel is characterised in types and grades.
- Technical Guide 1 – Solid Biofuel Classification Guidelines sets out the types and grade descriptions that are recommended. If buyers and sellers use this same terminology then there is less likely to be future problems.
- Technical Guide 05: Standard methods for verifying the quality of solid biofuels sets out methods for measuring and testing that the fuel being deliverd meets the fuel specification for that heating facility.
- Technical Guide 06: Contracting to deliver quality wood fuel to customers provides guidance for selling and buying wood fuel including a model sale and purchase agreement. Trouble free fuel supply depends on good fuel supply contracts.
Things go wrong when best practice is not followed.
- Five common areas where problems occur are outlined in 5 common mistakes in wood procurement.