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Research & Development Project:
Corn Burning Stoves

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When we first concieved of testing corn burners, we could not find an acceptable model from any local companies (corn/pellet burners currently require an electronic system). Knowing that there is always a potential for temporary distruption of electric power, we elected to test a wood burning stove. We shopped our local market and the local do-it-yourself discount store. After browsing our options, hiring a reputable local company to provide and install the stove made the most sense. We took advantage of a sale at our local state fair and put a downpayment on a woodburning stove.

The salsesperson was skilled and informative, and soon we learned all we needed to know about installing stoves. Since we were also doing work on the roof of our home, Doug, our sales and service friend, agreed to let us move ahead in the installation of the stove and chimney in steps concuring with the roof construction. After three visits from the very cooperative installer, Terry, our stove was ready to go. We mentioned to Doug that we wanted to burn corn in our stove and he informed us that, yes indeed, we could burn corn, although he didn't offer any explanation of how we might go about it. We then decided that our experiment would be fun, exciting, warm, and interesting. . . . in short, an adventure.

There is nothing like a fire in your hearth. Our home was very comfortable before we had a woodburning stove; however, after lighting our first fire we knew that a stove had been a missing piece of our total comfort puzzle. The first major lesson, learned well as it came with associative pain, is that you must always consider safety first, or you shall burn yourself as at least one of our researchers has done more times than they might prefer.

A woodburning stove will indeed burn corn. The techniques used in burning corn incorporate and yet are quite different than those used in burning wood. In order to burn corn, your stove must first be at a high temperature, and we use wood to accomplish this.

We encourage anyone interested in burning corn to start experimenting now, keeping safety as your paramount concern. Visting your local grain elevator and purchaseing corn is an adventure in itself. Our last corn purchase was 480 pounds, which is over 6 bushels (at $1.75 per bushel). We spent a total of $15.00 and got enough corn for at least three weeks of burning, dependant on the unpredictable Quantum County weather.

more later

July 26, 2012

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