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How to select boiler fuels

Date:2016-04-19share us:

The largest operating expense in a boiler plant is the fuel cost. Boilers can operate on varying types of fuels, each affecting the performance and maintenance of the boiler differently.

Natural gas, propane or light oil are predominantly used with industrial boiler systems, while heavy oils and solid fuels are less popular due to increasing emission regulations, cost and maintenance considerations.  A burner capable of firing two fuels independently is also a viable option and can reduce operating costs and increase operating flexibility.

There factors should be considered when selecting the appropriate fuel for your boiler:

Regulation and emission

It is important to understand what regulations are applicable to the fuel selection and how it will affect the emissions of your boiler.

Fuel cost and Continuous supply

It is also important to determine how the fuel source will be supplied to the boiler and if there will be any external factors that may disrupt the delivery of fuel.

Have a back-up fuel supply

In addition, future fuel price fluctuations may affect the cost of fuel, therefore having a back-up fuel supply and a boiler capable of firing two fuels may be the best alternative.  

Contact us for additional information regarding fuel options for your boiler operations.

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