Case Study: North Devon hotel opts for wood pellet alternative to dated oil boiler

Case Study: North Devon hotel opts for wood pellet alternative to dated oil boiler

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Customer Requirements

Heddons Gate hotel sits neatly tucked away near the village of Martinhoe; on almost the very Western edge of Exmoor National Park.
Pat and Mark Cowell took over the hotel in July of last year and since then have worked tirelessly with local contractors to bring the hotel away from the 1970’s decor and transformed it in to a more modernised hotel.
The couple appointed Exmoor Heating to refurbish the bathroom suites, renew the water tanks and install a wood fuelled heating solution. Due to Exmoor Heating owner Matthew Wakeham’s good previous experiences with Strebel, a Strebel biomass boiler was chosen by the client.

What we did

A Strebel Taurus ST75 boiler was selected to do the job. The installation was undertaken by Exmoor Heating and a partition was built in a converted garage; with the boiler room taking shape in the form of an Strebel LA-PS/M buffer vessel and the Taurus boiler. The other part of the garage was converted in to a wood pellet fuel store with slanted timber and a 6m auger feed.

The boiler is fuelled by locally-sourced wooden pellets, and alongside several new wood burning stoves, will ensure the hotel is heated efficiently and economically.
It is estimated the fuel cost per annum will be reduced by around 30 percent in comparison to the old oil boiler; and the 75kW installation is registered with OFGEM to receive the non-domestic RHI tariff for small biomass.

Feedback from the hotel’s owners Mark and Pat has been encouraging. Mark said: “We are really pleased with our new wood-fuelled installation; the boiler and fuel store sits nicely adjacent to our main building and it achieves our aims to save on fuel cost and reduce our carbon footprint.”



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