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High Output Corn Burning Furnace
"It has more capacity than any other corn burning furnace on the market. It also doesn't leave any clinkers," says Merton Anderson, Year-A-Round Corp., Mankato, Minn., about his company's new corn burning furnace.
  The furnace is available in three models. The biggest, model 950, measures 55 in. long, 30 in. wide, and 55 in. high and weighs about 850 lbs. It has a heating capacity of 12,000 to 50,000 sq. ft. and uses anywhere from 10 to 100 lbs. of corn per hour. The unit is equipped with a big 21-in. variable speed fan that moves air from the stove into existing heat ducts. An optional control panel allows you to control the heat from a wall-mounted thermostat.
  "It puts out 100,000 to 950,000 btu's per hour and transfers 2,000 to 3,000 cfm's per minute," says Anderson. "It has so much capacity that you can even use it to dry corn, which we did last fall on a farm. We took some of the corn that was coming out of the dryer and on its way to the cooling bin and augered it into our stove, which then burned it and sent the heated air back into the dryer. The heat from the corn burner was able to supply about 150 cfm's to the dryer. If you need additional cfm's you can set the thermostat on your dryer accordingly. The supplemental heat saves a lot of money."    According to Anderson, the unit spreads corn in an even layer throughout the firepot which results in a hot fire. "The firepot temperature at full capacity is 1,550 degrees. A patented agitator equipped with metal teeth welded onto a tube moves a small amount of corn continuously into the burner. The corn disintegrates just from the tremendous heat. You'll never get a clinker," says Anderson. "You will get some ashes, but not a lot."
  Anderson says he got the idea for the corn burner a few years ago when the heating bill for his factory was more than $13,000 - for one month. The next month the bill was even higher. He thought there had to be a better way so he started developing his own corn burner. Now he heats the entire factory with corn. "We're saving $6.50 per million btu's," he says.
  The smallest model, model 150, stands 36 in. 26 in. long, 20 in. wide, and 36 in. high and has a heating capacity of 500 to 4,000 sq. ft. It puts out 10,000 to 150,000 btu's per hour and transfers 900 to 1,400 cubic feet per minute. It sells for about $3,000.
  Model 500 measures 40 in. long, 28 in. high, and 42 in. high and has a heating capacity of 4,000 to 12,000 sq. ft. It puts out 40,000 to 500,000 btu's per hour and transfers 1,500 to 2,200 cfm's. It sells for about $5,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Year-A-Round Corp., Box 2075, Mankato, Minn. 56002 (ph 800 418-9390 or 507 625-9381; fax 507 388-6255; Website: www.year-a-round.com).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #6