Alternative Fuels for coal stoves

Alternative Fuels for coal stoves

PostBy: vomtono On: Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:35 am

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they have ever tried burning corn in there coal stove. I have been having a diffacult time this year getting my coal guy to deliver my bulk coal and unfortunetly have been buying it bagged, which consequently cost me about $50.00 per ton more. However, I have a friend who has about 1 ton of corn fuel left over from his days of burning corn and asked me if I could use it in my coal stove. I know that corn burns quite hot and it can't be used well in a pellet stove but can it be used in a coal stove? Please respond............thanks.
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PostBy: vomtono On: Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:35 pm

Ok, well I called the Alaska Company Directly myself (570)387-0206 and asked them myself about burning corn. They said that they have tried burning corn in there test stoves and have found that it created a gummy or syrup like texture that will gum up the stove, so they do not recommend burning corn in any coal stove. Hope this helps anyone else out that has wondered the same thing.
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PostBy: bksaun On: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:59 am

:shock: :shock: WHY in the world would anyone want to burn something that can be used to make Whiskey? It is fundamentally wrong!!!

Corn can be mixed with pellets in most pellet stoves, I was able to burn 2/3corn to 1/3 pellets with pretty good results.....But, corn sugars fuse and melt into a clinker which had to be removed twice a day, then the fire had to be restarted :evil: .

My concious got the best of me, plus I got tired of having to shut down and restart. Also to get the same heat I get from 2-1/2 tons of coal I had to mix by hand 2 tons of pellets with 4 tons of corn!

Coal beats this by a long shot.

I hope this clears up any questions...

Analogy from the Bourbon capital of the world. Kentucky

BK
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid, Gentleman Janitor GJ-6RSU/ EFM 700
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503
Coal Size/Type: Pea Stoker/Bit, Pea or Nut Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer/ EFM-Gentleman Janitor
Stove/Furnace Model: 503 Insert/ 700/GJ-62