1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Cornburner Stove Needs No Chimney"Shelled corn is one-third as expensive as wood pellets and easier to find," says Garry Myers, inventor of the new Apache Cornburner stove that was designed from the ground up to efficiently and automatically burn corn.
Once you light the thermostatically controlled corn stove, all you have to do is keep the 50-lb. capacity hoppers on either side of the firebox full. Two small augers at the bottom of each hopper feed corn into the firebox and two fans fuel the fire and blow heated air out of the stove.
The stove is unique in that all combustion takes place in a small 4 by 10-in. area inside the firebox. Air is forced into the small fire chamber from all directions to keep the fire hot enough to burn the corn with no smoke, no creosote and only 1% ash. Corn feeds into the fire from the bottom, pushing up into the fire area. Although the fire itself burns at temperatures up to 2,300 degrees, the outer walls of the stove never reach temperatures above 150 degrees, due to the restricted burning area, so there's no need for heat protection on walls surrounding the stove. In addition, thanks to the fan-controlled burn and restricted fire chamber, flue temperatures do not rise above 350 degrees so you can vent the stove out a sidewall the same way you'd vent a clothes dryer. No chimney required.
"At first we were going to build a wood pellet stove but pellets cost 9 cents per lb. and are hard to find. Corn costs just 3 cents per lb., is easier to find, and has more btu's. The best thing about this stove is that it's as easy to control as a furnace. You set the thermostat and it'll maintain steady, even heat. It'll burn for 1 to 5 days without refilling, depending on the weather, and you don't have to make a mess hauling wood into the house," says Myers.
Because the corn burns with no creosote buildup, it also eliminates the danger of fires and the glass viewing screen stays clean. Myers says that if you keep a supply of corn fuel in the stove, you only have to light it once a year because it'll maintain a smoldering fire when no heat is required. You start the fire with a small amount of charcoal lighter fluid.
The cornburner stove sells for $1,395. For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nu Energy Marketing, Inc., Rt. 4, Box 253, China Grove, N. C. 28023 (ph 704 983-2544 or 857-6166).
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