From Trees to Heat


Kris Fennimore, BNN Staff

On Wednesday, January 4th BMU’s Custodial Supervisor Clayton Hatch led a tour of the school’s boiler building.  He explained how the wood chip heater keeps the whole school warm during the winter as well as the computer system that monitors and controls the whole system. This heating system was installed in 1998 to lower heating costs and take advantage of renewable resources.

The wood chips start out in the storage unit where an auger moves them to the conveyor belt. The belt brings them to the boiler, where the heat they generate is then sent to the main building.