Wood Chips as Fuel— Benefits of Using a Wood Chip Boiler

Wood Chips as Fuel – Benefits of Using a Wood Chip Boiler

More and more people are looking for secure, flexible, cost effective ways to heat their home or commercial building while lowering their carbon footprint. Outdoor biomass boilers are a not-so-new technology that is gaining popularity due to their environmental benefits and low maintenance.

Because trees and other plants are readily available renewable fuel sources, biomass furnaces also offer flexibility and energy security. Wood chips are a common biomass fuel source that generates high return at a low price.

Let’s explore what they are and the benefits they offer.

What are Wood Chips?

Wood chips are considered the cheapest form of fuel for heating your home or business because they are a residual wood that come from sustainable wood waste products.

Produced by running small pieces of wood through a shredder, the creation of wood chips is a highly automated process that can be done fairly cheaply and without much effort. Dry wood chips have more fuel value per ton since they have more water removed and are more resistant to mold and other storage issues.

Wood chips are graded for quality with Grade A being the highest quality to Grade D as the lowest quality. Each grade differs on energy content, moisture, ash content, uniformity and debris levels.

Burning Wood Chips in an Outdoor Boiler

Wood chip boilers work like other gasification outdoor furnaces, efficiently burning fuel to heat large spaces through radiant heating or forced air systems. It can also heat water for hot showers, pools, hot tubs or commercial applications. The wood chips are ignited and then burned with little oxygen creating smoke that is then burned at high temperatures. The energy from this two step process then heats water in the outer jacket of the boiler. The heated water is transferred into your hot water system or furnace where the heat is distributed through a series of exchange systems.

Wood Chips vs Logs

Wood, no matter if it is firewood, wood pellets, or wood chips is a great source of fuel for heating your home or business. Traditional firewood is the most common way we heat our homes but it can have its drawbacks. There are some distinct advantages to wood chips especially if you have large spaces to heat.Easy to Find and Use

Producing logs for firewood is a lot of work. Unless you are paying the extra cost of having someone else do the chopping, hauling, and stacking all that time and energy falls on you. Also, log burning boilers require you to fill them by hand more regularly. Depending on where you live, wood chips are often easier to find in your local area. In fact, you may be able to supply yourself if you have access to sourced wood and a chipper.

Comfort and Convenience

Firewood requires space and time to dry and season. For applications that require a lot of energy – barns, outbuilding, or commercial spaces – having enough firewood on hand to produce the needed energy output takes a lot of space. Plus wood logs need to be loaded more often.

With an automated wood chip system you don’t need to constantly worry about topping up the fuel. Wood chips can be set up to be automatically loaded into the biomass furnace and monitored remotely.


Because wood chips are produced from leftover branches, treetops, or sawmill waste it isn’t subject to the whims of a fluctuating fuel market. It is also readily available and delivers more energy for less cost. Wood chip outdoor furnaces have low operating costs that produce up to 90 percent efficiency, meaning you get more out of the fuel you buy.

The HeatMastersss Advantage

HeatMasterss engineers know that having a worry-free heating system is priceless. Producing an affordable high-quality product is the goal of everything we do. Our B Series Multi-Fuel Biomass furnace is designed to give you unlimited heat and hot water in large spaces and applications for a low price.

Our high efficiency design ensures that every outdoor furnace produces maximum heat with less fuel than conventional systems. Made of Titanium Stainless Steel our outdoor biomass furnaces resist corrosion and withstand higher continuous temperatures for a durability that is unmatched.

And with full automation, the HeatMasterss B Series makes your life easier. The automatic fuel ignitor creates a very hot burn allowing for the HeatMasterss furnace to react quickly to your needs. And the automatic fuel feeding and walking fire grate keeps your biomass fuel moving along trouble free.

Talk with our team about the advantages of an outdoor wood chip furnace to see if it’s right for you and your family— find a local HeatMasterss dealer near you.