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Why heat yourself with forest chips?

Heating with wood is a practice that is gaining more and more ground, to the point that households are gradually abandoning fuel oil, electricity and gas. Among the fuels used in wood heating, forest chips are an advantageous option in many respects. Find out more about this type of fuel, how it works and the benefits of using them.

What is a forest chip?

Wood chips are also known as wood chips. They come in the form of small pieces of wood approximately 3 cm long, or even more. They are obtained following the grinding of wood residues from logging, hedge trimming, pruning or from industrial sawmills.

Wood residues are generally crushed, then dried for a period of between 6 months and 1 year depending on the nature of the wood in order to reduce the humidity level as much as possible. This will promote combustion. Depending on the species and humidity level, the yield of chipped wood will also be different. Its calorific value can range from 2 to 600 kWh per ton.

How does forest chip heating work?

Heating with forest chips is a particularly interesting wood heating solution. Its operating system is both simple and economical. Generally speaking, you just need to pour the chips into a storage silo and they will be automatically transported to the stove hearth via an auger.

The shredded wood burns gradually and the heat is distributed throughout the room. The larger your storage tank, the less frequently you will need to refill it. The wood chip stove is suitable for a large room. However, the hearth must be placed in the center to ensure optimal heat diffusion.

Unlike pellets, forest chips do not require any complex processing. The wood is directly usable in its form of dried waste of more or less variable size. This simplicity in obtaining it means that its cost is relatively low.

The advantages of heating with forest chips

It is true that forest chips have a lower calorific value compared to pellets or compressed logs. Nevertheless, they remain a very interesting and advantageous solution in many respects:

  • An attractive purchase price: chipped wood is very affordable compared to other types of wood energy. This is because their production is very simple, requiring no complex processes;
  • An ecological solution: forest chips are directly obtained from waste and residues from different wood operations, this waste which is most of the time thrown away or unused. It is therefore an environmentally friendly solution;
  • Possible storage in large quantities: forest chips are less sensitive to humidity, unlike pellets and logs. As a result, it can be stored in large quantities in a place that does not require strict planning.