Grant Vecta External heating remote barn in Settle

A beautiful barn conversion in Settle, North Yorkshire, is now home to one of the first Grant Vecta external biomass boilers, providing environmentally friendly heating for years to come.

The Grant Vecta external biomass boiler and side store installed

The rural stone barn belongs to Charles and Lauren Fazackerley of Blaithwaite Developments. When designing and developing the property, Charles and Lauren incorporated a number of measures to ensure that their home would be as efficient as possible, including modern insulation throughout. They also selected wood pellets to be their fuel of choice for the heating, deciding upon the Grant Vecta 4-16kW external biomass boiler to deliver their heating both reliably and sustainably.

The Vecta was installed and commissioned by Fieldhouse Heating Services, a Grant G-One Accredited Installer based in Ingleton, Lancashire. Tim Goundry of Fieldhouse Heating Services has been trained on Grant’s biomass boiler ranges and has been G-One accredited for over four years. Commenting on the project, Tim writes, “Charles first contacted me last year with regard to installing a Vecta external at his property although it was not available at the time. We both patiently waited for the outdoor version of the Vecta to become available, as I have always experienced good support and service from Grant.”

The barn conversion by Blaithwaite Developments where the Grant Vecta was installed

The heating system within the barn consists of three circuits, all of which are now being heated by the Vecta, including the underfloor heating throughout the property, the towel radiator circuit, and the domestic hot water. The property itself is completely off-grid so central to the development of the barn was its need to be self-sufficient. Consequently, the owners have introduced wind generation technology to provide their power and a wood pellet boiler to supply their heat.

The Grant Vecta external is a condensing biomass boiler which is both simple to install and user-friendly to operate. Designed to make biomass heating a viable option for off-gas properties, the Vecta is available as either an internal or external model. For this install, the external version was chosen so that the boiler could be sited to the side of the property. The boiler has its own 80kg integrated pellet store, specifically designed for filling the pellets from bags. In addition, a 140kg side pellet store can also be fitted to increase the combined pellet storage capacity, an option that was chosen for this install. The store is neatly connecting to the boiler’s right hand side and comes complete with feed auger and cable to deliver the pellets to the boiler.

Tim from Fieldhouse Heating Services, the installing engineer

Both the Vecta external boiler and side store have a high quality powder coated finish which is weather proof. The boiler itself has automatic pellet feed and ignition, as well as having a self-cleaning system for its heat exchanger and burner brazier. Consequently, the appliance is simple to maintain for both installers and end-users. Furthermore, the Vecta external model comes with a remote indicator kit which is located internally and provides the user with a clear indication of when the pellets need to be topped up and when the ash pan requires emptying.

The Vecta external being commissioned

With its intelligent set up and user-friendly controls, the Vecta external has been designed by Grant to make biomass a competitive renewable alternative for domestic heating. Tim from Fieldhouse continues, “Having seen a number of alternative outdoor wood pellet boilers, I knew, as soon as I saw the Grant Vecta, we had a quality product – I would not hesitate to recommend the appliance.”

Charles and Lauren’s barn conversion is now being kept warm by the Grant Vecta and its award winning patented condensing technology, delivering exceptionally high efficiencies. In addition, they have the added peace of mind that comes from the boiler’s 5 year guarantee, as it has been installed by G-One installer Fieldhouse Heating Services.

For more details on the Grant biomass boiler range, please click here.

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