Energy derived from fossil fuels will unavoidably become more expensive. Future developments in the price of wood are manageable by comparison.
The price of fossil fuels has jumped in unpredictable leaps, yet constantly increased (something that was considered unlikely ten years ago). This situation will probably not improve in the medium term. The demand, particularly for crude oil, will continue to increase due to the growth of countries such as China and India, and the price inexorably along with it. Wood chips are a source of energy that is comparatively stable in price. With wood, you’re heating on the safe side.
Plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Through decaying and burning, they return exactly as much CO2 to the atmosphere as they previously removed. Heating with wood, therefore, contributes to a healthy natural CO2 balance in the atmosphere. The burning of wood releases the same amount of CO2 back into the environment as was previously absorbed and bound in the wood through photosynthesis during the life of the tree. When unused wood rots in the forest, the same amount of CO2 is also released again. The burning of fossil fuels, such as heating oil and natural gas, has a much greater impact. In this case, CO2 which has been absorbed and stored over the course of millions of years is released back into the atmosphere again. This further increases the greenhouse effect and thus leads to climate change.
Heating with wood chips, wood pellets and sawdust/shavings recovers energy on-site, safeguards local jobs in the surrounding region and offers an additional source of income for land and forest managers. The use of wood reduces our dependence on heating oil and natural gas. The burning of oil also produces higher sulphur dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions than the burning of wood chips. The transportation and storage of wood chips poses no threat to the environment. Heating with wood chips is ecologically responsible, as it has a virtually closed CO2 cycle.
Wood chips are made from whole trees, branch wood or coppice products which have been mechanically shredded by a chipping machine. Ideally the wood needs to have been air-dried before chipping, or the chips dried before burning.Shavings and Sawdust. Waste wood from manufacturing which has no additives such as wood planings and sawdust can be a perfect way to use waste wood for heating. The compact range can burn wood pellets either as a dedicated fuel source or as an alternative.