Burning corn in coal stoker

Burning corn in coal stoker

PostBy: oliver power On: Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:25 pm

Just curious. A friend of mine asked if I could burn corn in my "Keystoker" model K-2 coal boiler(not yet installed). So , my question is; Can I , or Can't I? Please explain , so that I will be able to answer his question. Thanks.
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PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:00 pm

Hello Oliver, well I think the corn will burn, but it leaves behind a gummy residue that clogs the stoker's grates and is difficult to remove.

So yes it will burn, but I would never recommend it.

Do a search for 'corn' here and you should find another thread or two about it.

Here is one: http://nepacrossroads.com/viewtopic.php ... =corn#4675

Hope this helps, Greg L
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PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:17 pm

It may work but probably not very well as corn burns a lot like wood pellets. Stokers are coal specific, being tuned for it. Straying from the design fuel in any appliance generally will have issues, if not combustion then heat output would be a concern. I would think even if it worked, it's heat output would be in the 50% range compared to Anthracite coal.
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SOME UNITS BURN CORN BETTER THAN OTHERS

PostBy: DAVID P. TRUNK On: Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:55 am

I HAVE A MINI STOKER 80. I HAVE BURNED CORN IN IT OFTEN. IT CERTAINLY BURNS DIFFERENT THAN COAL. IE; AIR AND SHAKING SETTINGS. I FIND IT TO BE VERY EFFICENT AND CHEAPER THAN COAL DEPENDING ON MY SOURCE OF CORN. I CAN BURN CORN THAT FARMERS CAN'T FEED SO I CAN CLEAN UP THE GRANERY FLOOR AND SUCH AND GET MY CORN FOR NOTHING, ALMOST. THE THING THAT IS MOST DIFFERENT DURING OPERATION IS THAT CORN WILL CARMALIZE AND BRIDGE BUT A POKE TWICE A DAY TAKES CARE OF THAT.
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