Nov. 17, 2010, Madisonville, KY – Doesn’t everyone dream of lowering their monthly heating bill? The Bio-Burner biomass burner/boiler can help this happen. The Bio-Burner is a multi-fuel, multi-day burner/boiler with a universal feed system. Heat energy is created by burning non-traditional biofuels (dirty fuels, fine dust products, crop stover, etc.) and traditional biofuels (corn, wood chips, pellets, etc.) in the same unit. Designed and manufactured by LEI Products in Madisonville, Kentucky, the Bio-Burner is made to use locally produced fuel for the lowest cost and highest value to the end user. The core design of the Bio-Burner is a foundation for future technology in creating micro combined heat, power, and cooling.
The Bio-Burner product line meets indoor/outdoor and gas UL/CSA safety standards and EPA Phase 2 emissions requirements. It includes biomass burners rated at 100K, 250K, and 500K BTUs, fuel processors, flash dryers, and delivery systems. The 2010 featured Bio-Burner product is the BB-100, a 100K-BTU (29-kW) biomass burner/boiler for home or light commercial use. The Bio-Burner has a multi-fuel design that allows the use of a broad range of fuels such as woodchips, sawdust, pellets, corn, crop stover, oats, soybeans, and more, all from the same feed system. The multi-day fuel tank holds enough fuel to run for an extended period of time with the added reassurance of a back-up gas system.
“Being involved in the wood industry for over 25 years, I saw the need for utilizing the mounds of fine sawdust created by band mills and began working on a sawdust burner. The Bio-Burner evolved from that idea,” says Scott Laskowski, owner of LEI Products. It was developed with the input of Hans Duerichen, PE from Smithers, British Columbia, who is senior project engineer at LEI Products and has previous experience designing wood burning stoves.
The Bio-Burner has a wide range of applications as an environmentally friendly, economic producer of heat. Just as the list of burnable bio-fuels is growing, so is the list of consumers that would benefit from this technology. Homes and businesses are the key markets, but other applications are surfacing: greenhouses, wood drying kilns, workshops, poultry houses, ice rinks, biofuel processing plants, and community district heating such as housing sub-divisions, apartment complexes, and Native American communities. These applications and more are possible due to both the variety of burner outputs available, as well as the option of using multiple units in an application. The Bio-Burner can be used in three configurations: 1:1, in which one burner heats one structure; 1:2+, in which one burner heats several smaller structures via an underground tube system; and 2+:1, in which multiple burners in a modular or daisy chain system heat one larger structure or facility.