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Case Studies

BK FUELS, Ballacolla, County Laois


The requirement:

BK Fuels Ltd is a Ballacolla, County Laois, based wholesaler and retailer of solid fuels such as logs and kindling. The company wanted to increase production of kiln-dried wood to meet increasing demand from new and existing customers who recognised the lower moisture content of kiln-dried logs meant less smoke and reduced tar build-up in their chimneys. BK Fuels also hoped to reduce their costs by using waste wood as a fuel source rather than having to purchase expensive fossil fuels.


Our solution:

We proposed a GlenFarrow 210 Boiler linked to a containerised log dryer. The log dryer was insulated to reduce heat loss and thus decrease the length of time to dry a batch of logs. The GlenFarrow 210 is accredited to burn waste wood (including grade A construction waste wood) so was a good fit for BK Fuels’ plans. The GlenFarrow team custom-designed a system to match BK Fuels’ needs, delivered it and installed the boiler and container, including all pipework.


What the client said:

“The new batch fed boiler and log dryer allowed us to increase production of logs and kindling to meet growing customer demand. It has also allowed us to crack new markets and means we are now able to take on larger contracts. We have even won contracts to supply dried logs into the UK! It offered us a perfect solution. GlenFarrow provided an excellent service to us from suggesting the most suitable solutions through to design, installation. They even keep our boiler serviced and maintained to ensure we can meet our customers’ requirements.”
Brian Kirwan, owner of BK Fuels


A new relationship:

Brian Kirwan was so impressed by the GlenFarrow products and service that he wanted to support the launch of the GlenFarrow Boiler range in Eire. He said:

“I originally saw the boiler and log dryer at the APF Show. The GlenFarrow team was keen to help me and were flexible about my requirement to add extra insulation to the standard log dryer. The GlenFarrow biomass boilers are built to last. I was so impressed with the product that I could see great opportunities for the boilers, log and grain dryers back home.”

GlenFarrow Managing Director, Paul Kitchen, replied:

“We are delighted to have Brian as our representative in Ireland. He is a great advocate for our boilers and we’re looking forward to working with him to introduce our products and the benefits of working with biomass fuels to a much wider audience.”

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