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Big Bale Burner
"Using my 403F Vermeer baler, I can bale and haul in enough fuel in two days to last all winter and do it all from the tractor seat," says Albert Smith, Wykoff, Minn. He built himself a big bale burner that heats his 24 by 36-ft. shop and will, if things go according to plans, also heat his house.
The bale burner has a 4-ft. square firebox, surrounded by 6-in. of insulation with an air pocket between the two.
Smith loads the smaller-sized 350-lb. bales into the firebox with his tractor loader. He says cornstalk bales will burn as long as 2 to 4 days, depending on outside temperatures. He can also burn wood and other fuels in the burner.
The shop thermostat activates the draft blower on the door to send heat into the building. Smith notes that the bale burner burns very clean and doesn't produce much smoke. He plans to run ductwork to the house so he can heat both it and the shop at the same time.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Albert Smith, Rt. 1, Box 141, Wykoff, Minn. 55990.

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6