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Anyone have experience with corn burning furnace?
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Kelly    Posted 05-02-2002 at 06:52:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Or for that matter have you heard anything about them one way or the other? We heated with wood this winter and are going to do something else this coming winter. This old 2 story house just didn't stay warm enough for the children. The upstairs was so cold we all slept in the living room most nights.

I'm sold on the corn burning idea, and I'd love to hear anything anyone knows or has heard about them. Good or bad. They cost alot of maoney and I don't want to buy something without knowing all I can about it first.


Scott (USSC stove owner)    Posted 11-24-2003 at 09:05:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought a USSC model 6033 Corn/pellet stove this year. I too had no experience with burning corn and no one in my area had tried it either. I was really excited about getting it fired up this year. Unfortuneatly the firebox agitator makes a horrible,loud ,high pithced screeching noise when it turns. The USSC stove was by far the cheapest one I came acrossed. ($1250). I have done some easy modifications the the firebox and agitator and got rid of the noise. Other than that it has worked really well. I am sold on the corn burning idea and would buy another brand if this stove does not work out

John Rockrohr    Posted 09-23-2002 at 07:12:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You can find an efficient low maintenance corn burning furnace or boiler at The hopper holds up to a 10-day supply of corn, and you can attach it to your existing duct work. We've been heating or 2000 square foot store with one and it works great, no daily mess like corn stoves. The amount of ash emptied once a week is so little you can put a months worth in a 5-gal bucket.

Kansas Kid    Posted 05-02-2002 at 19:46:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about putting in some vents between the ceiling of the downstairs and the floors of the upstairs to let heat naturally rise up.

cornfused    Posted 05-02-2002 at 15:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

Mark A    Posted 05-02-2002 at 11:47:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any websites on corn burning stoves???

DeadCarp    Posted 05-02-2002 at 10:35:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, they're a temptation alright. I'd rather handle 2 pails of corn/day than a wheelbarrow of firewood. But i'll have to wait til they make a good boiler. A good reservoir should dampen the "heat-surging" problem with corn.(related to moisture content- not a design flaw)

Remember this: the corn flames i've seen are mostly yellow. (not ideal) The bluer the flame - the more efficient the heater is. Period.

John Rockrohr    Posted 09-23-2002 at 07:04:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
An efficient low maintenance Corn burning boiler can be found at

Ludwig - yep    Posted 05-02-2002 at 10:58:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't figure they're super efficient either. My
friend burns pellets in his. The pellets look to
be compressed sawdust. If we could figure
out how they compress the sawdust and
figure out an economical way to do it
ourselves he'd have a sawdust shed out back
in a minute!
Still its only like $75/ton delivered for the
pellets, and he didn't finish 3 tons this year.

DeadCarp - pellets    Posted 05-03-2002 at 05:05:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wood pellets, like those firelog things, are made from warmed-up compressed sawdust. Notice how they bend like macaroni? That's because they're extruded (like toothpaste) and when they get that long, they break off & fall into the bin. Nothing but the natural pitch holds them together, but you need heat to melt the sap & many tons of pressure to bond them.

Ludwig    Posted 05-02-2002 at 08:35:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ahh the wonders of central heat...
I'm sure others can tell you this too, but I think
it'll be really hard to have the upstairs
comfortable with the downstairs not boiling
How cold was it upstairs? I've never stayed
anywhere with central heat like you describe
where the upstairs was much over freezing if it
was below freezing outside. This assumes
you don't have much of a system for pushing
the heat upstairs. What we're looking at here
is the whole reason distributed heat became

Another thing to think about is insulation, you
mention its an old house, is there any
insulation at all? I know it'll cost big $$ to put it
in, but it'll cut your heating bills big time and
raise the comfort level of the house. Figure $3
savings for ever $1 put into insulation. If you
live anywhere that it gets any kind of cold you'll
need at least R20 in the ceiling, R30 would be
better. R15 is usually the bare minimum for
walls and R20 would be a world better. Also
check out your windows. New windows cost
big $$ but you can do a couple a year or
something. Meanwhile putting plastic over
them will cut your losses quite a bit. Lots of
people in cold regions also put plastic around
the exposed foundation part of the house, but
if you've got a poured foundation I don't think
that helps so much.

As for the corn stove, I'm in favor of them, see
my other post.

LH    Posted 05-02-2002 at 07:24:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
From waht I've seen and heard they work well but all of them require electricity for proper operation which I wanted one to use during power outages so just opted for an LPG vent free fireplace instead. They do burn clean and the ash is more like klinkers from the old coal furnaces. I think they would be quite cost effective if you can find a supply of corn which isn't fit for feed, but could still be burned.

Ludwig    Posted 05-02-2002 at 08:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of mine has a pellet stove, its the
same stove except he only uses compressed
pellets. He has a car battery with a small
inverter. the only power it needs is the pellet
feed and a blower, it'll run on that battery for
His is very efficient, produces almost no
smoke and very little ash. He uses 3 tons a
year as primary heat with oil backup. The
other nice thing is that the stove stays cool to
the touch everywhere but the glass which
makes it safer when kids are around..

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