New Document Release: RC64 Recommendations for fire safety with small biomass installations

1 December 2019

These recommendations provide advice regarding the selection, storage, handling and use of biomass fuels. The nature of the hazards and forms of fire protection measures that should be considered for biomass installations are discussed together with measures that may be taken to reduce the hazards associated with the self heating of fuel. These Recommendations refer to small commercial systems rather than large industrial plant.

Wood pellet and wood chip boilers are now in use in a wide range of premises including homes, community centres, schools, colleges, warehouses and industrial buildings. These recommendations are concerned with the production of energy from biomass as an alternative to oil or gas fired boilers in domestic and commercial environments. Wood chip or wood pellet systems of this scale are normally associated with providing a hot water supply of 70-80°C operating temperature with the boiler typically rated between 50kW and 3MW. Hot water systems greater than 3MW (with either single or multiple boilers) are outside the scope of these Recommendations. Also outside the scope of this document are stoves: space heating appliances often featuring opening doors at the front.
 
New Document Release: RC64 Recommendations for fire safety with small biomass installations