Woodfuel is a cost effective sustainable source of fuel which could have great benefits to wildlife and landscape of Dorset in the future. If you are interested in woodfuel for your house or a community building such as school or village hall, there is help and advice available to help you decide.

In early 2009, Woodlink commissioned research into the potential supply of woodfuel from Dorset alongside an analysis of future woodfuel demand.

Key findings:

  • There's enough available wood to meet a significant increase in woodfuel demand
  • There's a need to increase management of woods for woodfuel to meet this demand
  • We should consider planting woodlands with a future woodfuel market in mind.  For the AONB this should be broadleaved woodland, ideally on a proposed management rotation of 17-20 years or more.  Ash, chestnut, hazel and oak are good species to use.

Woodfuel Supply and Demand in Dorset Summary 76.23 Kb

Woodfuel Supply and Demand in Dorset Full Report 2.11 Mb


Wood Fuel Types

  • Logs - Logs need least processing and log boilers are readily available but need to be fuelled by hand once or twice each day. Each stoking should take no more than 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Wood chips - Wood chips are produced from a wide range of wood sources, using a suitable chipper. All boilers have an automated auger feed from a storage hopper - these will need to be refilled periodically, depending on size. Advice should be sought on the most appropriate system in a given situation.
  • Wood pellets - Wood pellets are made by compressing sawdust and wood shreds produced from sawmilling or manufacturing Have a high energy value because of their density and low moisture content (typically 8-10%). As above, these have automated auger feed requiring periodic filling of a storage hopper.

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