Welsh farmhouse in Llansadwrn: One winter with labour intensive Rayburn was enough

Andy replaced his Rayburn with a Biomass boiler-cooker/range in a traditional Welsh farmhouse in Llansadwrn, West Wales
rural property biomass renewable heating installation

This beautiful four bedroom stone cottage, a traditional Welsh farmhouse in the rural village of Llandsadwrn, Carmarthenshire, West Wales got its heating and hot water from a solid fuel (anthracite) Rayburn located in the kitchen/living room.
As beautiful as the Rayburn was, it was un-automated and therefore labour intensive, messy and inefficient to run:

Andy had to get up early every morning 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!

Nick Cater – company director

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.

Nick Cater visited the farmhouse and talked through the options for an automated biomass heating systems with the couple. One of their options was to install an efficient wood pellet utility boiler located in the outhouse, removing the Rayburn and creating more space inside the home. But the couple wanted to keep the ‘Rayburn-look’ in the kitchen and chose the Traditional Cream Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler-cooker.

Klover pellet range cooker

The fully automated controls allow them to programme their heating and hot water supply. This model also has an oven and hot plates for cooking. The biomass boiler-cooker is similar to the Rayburn, but more efficient, cleaner and runs on sustainably sourced fuel and has upgraded heating controls and domestic hot water cylinder.
The 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

Funding

The economic benefits available through the Renewable Heat Incentive include free fuel for 7 years and an excellent return on investment, as well as the environmental advantages of switching from coal to biomass.
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.

Nick also assisted with the paperwork required for MCS (Micro Certification Scheme – required for biomass boilers etc.) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) application.

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.”