Indeed, it is rather carbon intensive, though profitable.kenneal - lagger wrote: ↑Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:25 pmSounds like it must be quite a lucrative business if a bit carbon intensive.adam2 wrote:I know of a family in London who heat with coal derived smokeless fuel.
Two large houses made into one home with fifteen bedrooms (they foster loads of children, usually about a dozen)
They pay about Â£6 per 25 kilo bag, after discount for bulk buying.
They have a modern multifuel boiler for winter space heating and water heating.
This can burn logs, processed wood fuel, or smokeless coal. Maximum output is about 80KW.
A 20KW gas boiler is used in summer for heating hot water.
Coal use has been reduced by burning of processed wood waster at times instead of coal. Coal consumption is still several tons a year though. I suppose that it could be argued that fuel use is not bad per head.
The foster parents have won various awards for the qaulity of the care provided.
Usually 12 children, each has their own room but equiped with bunk beds in order that they may have a friend to stay if desired. One spare room with bunk beds for 6. Not normally used, but the local authority pay a "retainer" to keep this room available for any sudden emergency in which children may have to be taken into care without notice.