Going green.

We have been thinking about a successor to the oil fired boiler. The cheapest to run would be log fired, but I’m not sure I can do daily fire duty (certainly if we ever get a winter holiday the pipes will freeze) and when the house is rented I’m not huge on the idea of stoking someone else’s bath. That means a wood chip system with a hopper, the fuel is local, cheaper than oil and its cost not subject to the vagaries of world politics, plus the green aspect is very appealing. The only obvious downside is that it’s twice the cost to install….

The ideal conclusion to this idea (as pondered in an oil fired bath) would be to be take the house off the grid altogether. We have no gas, our water already comes from a spring on the mountain (delicious and potentially power generating), its windy and we have a big flat roof suitable for solar. Only the AGA lets the side down, has anyone tried to run one on veg oil?

Suggestions on all the above would be very welcome.

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