Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Birch cottage is entirely off the grid, power coming from our 4.5kw solar photovoltaic arrays, and wind turbine. The pv arrays are split into several sections, and are made up largely of panels that were previously used elsewhere and unwanted. Their output is still...
Wood burning stove

Wood burning stove

The cottage gets it’s hot water and underfloor heating from solar panels, and from this woodburning stove, which also features a hotplate on which you can put a kettle or pot. Much of our firewood comes from the woodland opposite the cottage, providing a...
Woodlands

Woodlands

Our birch woodland provides not only a source of fuel, through careful management and coppicing, but is also a wonderful place to walk or relax. We’ve planted over 1000 additional trees since we arrived, and continue to add to this number each year. It is our...
Rocket Mass Heater

Rocket Mass Heater

Rocket mass heater When we built our timber framed classroom, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Then I saw a rocket mass heater in...