Corn Stoves from Earthinhand
Posted by Pixelhead
Corn Stoves, what the heck are Corn Stoves? Corn stoves are home heaters that heat by burning shelled dry corn. Very similar to a wood pellet stove in operation, but these stoves are made to burn corn which burns at a much higher BTU than wood pellets. The corn stoves can come as stand alone units or can be fireplace inserts.
According to the Corn Stove site Earthinhandcornstoves.com, many wood pellet stove owners in past years, due to becoming frustrated when they could not find a wood pellets, tried burning corn in their stoves. John Mills, the owner, said he forewarned the pellet stove owners about burning corn in their pellet stoves, because corn burns so hot that it could melt the fire pot, which is the area where the pellet fuel burns.
In an attempt to help these wood pellet customers cope with winter heating, Earthinhand is carrying wheat pellets this year which may be used as an alternative to wood pellets. The wheat pellets, burn a little hotter than wood pellets, but no where near as hot as shelled corn. Wheat pellets are made out of the waste produced from processing of the wheat grain into a usable form.
Sounds like a great way to help fight the rising energy costs associated with heating a house, but what about the smell? As a kid, I remember burning wood to heat our house during the winter months, and having the house smell like a fireplace. Mr. Mills says the corn stoves are clean burning, because the air that is used to burn the corn is vented directly from the outside. The air that heats the room is vented from the room, and is only as dirty or clean as the air that is already in the room. There is no popcorn smell, but he says, “there is a sweet smell outside from the burning corn, but nothing like burnt popcorn”. For more information on corn burning stoves, visit Earthinhandcornstoves.com, and tell them Pixelhead sent you.
UPDATE: The owner of Earthinhandcornstoves.com has since retired, and the domain was purchased by an Asian company.
If you are still looking for corn stove information, you can try the people at Kringsonline.com.