Former Teeside Caterer Launches Biomass Boiler Business

1st Jun 2012

Billy Myers used to be a tree surgeon before he went into catering and with that experience behind he has now decided to set up in business providing fuel for biomass boilers. Demand has been so great he has now employed three apprentices.


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Billy now supplies wood and wood pellets for biomass boilers and is also in the process of designing his own boiler with the help of some local engineers. Billy’s son Matthew has joined his company as an apprentice along with two others and the business is now actively engaged in buying areas of woodland in order to satisfy demand.

Billy’s business, suitably named ‘Stumps’, began in August 2011 when he found himself out of work. Consequently he turned to Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Enterprise team who assessed his business idea and devised a suitable strategy. Billy maintains contact with them all the time as they have a lot of specialist knowledge. The business supplies wood from sustainable sources but Billy is also developing a burner with a heating element that he hopes will be more efficient than any similar product currently on the market.

“We’ve got a long way to go with our prototype yet, but we have high hopes,” Billy said. “Biomass makes up a very small part of the UK domestic market and we feel there’s plenty of opportunity there.”

Biomass boilers use agricultural, forest and industrial wood residues and waste to produce heat. Since the carbon in biomass is part of the natural carbon cycle, biomass boilers have a limited effect on the environment. Biomass burners are suitable for any home that has a chimney or stovepipe and although they can accept any wood fuel, wood pellets tend to be cleaner producing far less ash. Biomass boilers are usually larger than their fossil-fuel based equivalents and require around 6-7 cubic metres of storage space for fuel.

With the help of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consumers will also be able to receive grants of up to £950 towards the cost of installation.


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