It is or rather was an expensive business to heat Ballywalter Park to a standard that is acceptable for corporate and incentive clients, together with providing enough hot water for 12 en -suite bathrooms.
The only way to do this was to have three oil-guzzling boilers; one to provide central heating to parts of the ground floor and hot water to the first & second floors; one to provide warm heating to the ground floor and one to provide central heating to the second floor and parts of the first floor and hot water to the second floor.
BD’s younger son, William, studied a wood pellet boiler installed at Levens Hall in Cumbria and came up with a proposal to replace the first of the oil boilers with a similar system.
Over the past few weeks, two Okofen 48kw wood pellet boilers and all the associated toys have been installed by Wirral based Renewable Solutions. The install literally had to be tailored by their engineers as it went in, to be compatible with the vagaries of the existing uncoordinated plumbing system at Ballywalter Park.
14 tonnes of wood pellets have been delivered by Balcas, based at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh and the largest manufacturers & suppliers of wood pellets in the British Isles.
The excitement has been mounting as the works proceeded and it all culminated in the two wood pellet boilers being commissioned on Friday. After two weeks without heat and hot water, the house is now civilised and warm again and the first hot bath a real treat. The opportunity was taken to add two large convector radiators in the Inner Hall, which will hopefully reduce our dependence on the warm air heating boiler as well.