G K Benford & Co. Biomass

We are members of the Hampshire Woodfuel Cooperative which enables us to ensure security of supply.

Incoming wood waste which is unsuitable for either logs or compost is chipped for use in biomass boilers.

We normally have a stock of G30 chip, which we can deliver to end users in smaller or larger quantities (5 to 100 cubic metres per load). As a fuel, woodchip biomass is competitive with natural gas, and typical applications are heating small groups of houses, large individual houses, schools or glasshouses, where mains gas is not available. A single dwelling will normally lack the space or infrastructure to handle the chip, but we are able to source wood pellets for single dwellings. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is making this a highly attractive option.

The chip can also be used as a degradable surface for cars, horses or runners, or as a cheap substitute for bark mulch.

Biomass boilers vary in their tolerance of wet fuel, but most do not run well on chip with a moisture content higher that 30 percent. The maritime UK climate can be quite challenging when trying to produce naturally dried chip with a moisture content below 30%. Our recently installed Lauber L-ENZ drying system (supplied by Thermotec Ecosystems) which is powered by a biomass boiler, enables us to supply consistently dry chip.