Shelled corn in a Stoker?

 
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Post by [email protected] » Thu. Nov. 12, 2020 11:17 am

We can't find any stoker coal near us. We were told we could burn shelled corn in our Combustioneer coal stoker heater. So I researched it and found out it is possible. My question is can we burn 100 % shelled corn in the heater with nothing added to it? Our heater is a bottom feed with a auger. Thanks.


 
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Post by carlherrnstein » Thu. Nov. 12, 2020 9:24 pm

My combustioneer has a plate on the side of it that mentions biomass fuel.

I do know shelled corn makes a clinker in a corn burning stove....... Try it, I can't think of anything bad that could happen.

 
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Post by coaledsweat » Thu. Nov. 12, 2020 9:31 pm

Yer gonna have a gooy mess.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 2:05 am

Nothin ventured, nothin gained D--I remember someone tryin it yrs ago but forget the outcome?? Keep us posted if ya have at it. :)

 
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Post by [email protected] » Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 7:10 am

Thanks for all of your replies. I will post the results if we try it.

 
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Post by tsb » Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 8:06 am

We used to do business with a company that had a government contract to explore burning everything from cherry pits to rice hulls. It can be done and the research is there to be found. Your taxes already paid a fortune to find out.


 
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Post by Pacowy » Fri. Nov. 13, 2020 9:44 am

IIRC experience doing this with EFM underfed anthracite stokers was that it works best in a 50/50 blend with another fuel (coal, wood pellets, etc).

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Post by Berlin » Mon. Jan. 11, 2021 9:44 pm

Where are you at? Maybe someone here could help you find coal.

Last person I knew who tried wood pellets in his combustioneer burned out the tuyeres.

 
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Post by fig » Mon. Jan. 11, 2021 9:59 pm

An older farmer friend of mine told me one year corn prices were so low they burned it in their stoker because it was cheaper then coal. He didn’t go into any details and I don’t know what kind of stoker they had.

Having said that, my pellet stove is multi fuel and I’ve burned corn, nut shells, cherry pits and dog food. The dog food left a greasy film on everything but it did burn good. Corn burned excellent.

 
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Post by warminmn » Mon. Jan. 11, 2021 11:21 pm

I should keep up with corn burning stove stuff more than i do but it was common a decade+ ago here, especially with farmers and ag employees. Then corn went up in price. Then it went low again and now its quite high again. Its pretty much like propane with up and down prices. If you dont have an actual farmer source you'll likely be disappointed in price year to year.

That said, corn on the cob burns fairly well too in a hand fed stove too. I'd hate to have to burn it year round but it beats being cold. Walk in a house burning corn and you know it by the smell.

 
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Post by fig » Tue. Jan. 12, 2021 1:58 pm

There’s a few grain elevators around here that will sell it. The only issue they have is loading you. They need a pretty big target or they end up with corn everywhere. That they don’t like.

The prices do fluctuate like crazy. That’s one of the good things about a multi fuel stove. It’s good to have other options. In a pinch I can heat my house with darn near anything. Soft/hard coal, wood, the above mentioned(although I’m not sure I would go with dog food again) and the dreaded propane. I’ve had the same full tank for about 10 years now.

 
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Post by bksaun » Thu. Jan. 14, 2021 9:43 am

Where do you live?

 
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Post by freetown fred » Thu. Jan. 14, 2021 9:47 am

I asked surgeon if I could have toes/foot back & was gonna see how they burned--he declined!!!!!!!!!! Soo, no research done!! LOL

 
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Post by BunkerdCaddis » Sun. Jan. 17, 2021 10:33 am

bksaun wrote:
Thu. Jan. 14, 2021 9:43 am
Where do you live?
That was not the first response I expected from you sir... :lol: but by all means, be the guiding light.


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