Craster Tower: Wood pellet boiler installation

re:heat were approached in 2015 by the owners of Craster Tower to provide expert advice, and then to design and install a wood-fired heating system to supply this historic, listed property.  A 95kW wood pellet boiler was the ideal solution to meet the client and property requirements.

Situated in rural Northumberland, Craster Tower is a Grade II* listed property built around a 14th century Pele Tower.  Development of the property includes the East wing construction in 1670, the construction of the Georgian South wing in the 18th Century, and a further extension dating from the 19th Century.  The more recent partition into three flats meant heating this property had become both complex and costly.

With a clear commitment towards sustainable, renewable energy, a wood-fired heating system offered Craster Tower an attractive alternative to the existing fossil fuel system, and we were delighted to be appointed to provide a 95kW ETA wood pellet boiler.  This involved upgrading and integrating 3 seperate oil-fired wet heating systems, and allowed Craster Tower to secure a 20 year RHI income, achieve fuel cost savings and reduce its carbon emissions.

An external outbuilding provided the ideal location for the new plant room and fuel store for the wood pellet boiler, which now serves two permanently occupied apartments and a large holiday let.  The project raised challenges due to the extensive renovations and additions over the centuries.  The installation was undertaken with a sympathetic approach, minimising the impact on the building.