The Corn Burning Wiki
How to become a corn burner in a few easy steps. A community project developed by corn burners, for corn burners. After reading this wiki you should have a good idea if corn burning is for you, and some general ideas on how to proceed. If you are already a corn burner, you will have a better understanding of how your stove works. This wiki is a resource, not an interactive forum. You don't ask questions here, if you have specific questions, ask them in the New Corn Burner's Forum This whole project is an off-shoot from the I Burn Corn web site, about the experiences of a John Abbott, a first time corn burner.
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Before you Buy
Things you need to know before becoming a corn burner.
- Why should I burn corn?
- Why should I not burn corn?
- Is corn burning or alternative heat for me?
- What types of stoves are out there?
- What stove is the best?
- Figuring out what size corn burner you need.
- Budget Considerations
- What about Pellet Stoves?
- How will a corn burner effect my Insurance Rates?
- How about Building Codes?
- Directions for Posting Forum pictures on the forum.
If you are thinking of installing your own corn burner, there are resources available.
- Placement within your home
- Considerations in installation
- Supplies available
- Boiler install diagrams
Those First Fires
- Should I buy, or Grow my Own?
- How to contact the Grain elevator or farmer. What you are looking for and the questions to ask.
- How much should I pay for corn? What does Corn cost?
Hauling corn, how are you getting your corn home?
Getting your corn from your transportation system into your storage system.
- Vacuum based systems, using a utility vac or other method to move and clean corn.
- Auger based systems, a grain auger and it's advantages and disadvantages.
- Venturi based systems, for blowing corn with a leaf blower or utility vac.
- How is corn Screened and what are some ways to do it?
- Home build corn screeners and how to build them.
- Pour dirty corn in front of a Fan Cleaner.
- Small quantity storage systems, enough corn to last a couple of weeks at a time.
- Large quantity storage systems, corn to last an entire burning season.
- Long Term Storage, keeping corn between seasons.
- Rodent Control how to keep the pests at bay.
- What about pre-burning? My dealer says do it.
- The First Fire
- Starting fires in your corn burner
- What is Klinker and what do I do about it?
- What is Oyster Shell and how does it apply to corn burning.
- Building a handy poker for moving and removing clinker.
- Positive Pressure how to not blow soot all over when you open the door.
Keeping your stove running
- Weak fires and what do do about them.
- Not enough heat. Am I getting as much out of my stove as I should?
- To much smoke or ash. Tuning your burner
General Corn Stove Operation and Maintainance
Accessories for making your Stove work better
- Cleaning Glass on the front of your freestanding stove.
- Using the Exhaust Fan to clear out the ash when cleaning
- Tips on cleaning a free standing stove: Stove Cleaning
- Adding a Grease zerk To the gear boxes
Special considerations you need to think about when running a corn burning boiler.
Corn does not burn with a sticky creasote material, such as happens on a wood stove. Still, good chimney maintaince should include removal of fly ash.
Corn soot is corrosive when moist. Be sure to remove soot accumulation at your vent termination where it might be exposed to moisture.
Brand/Model Specific Operations
- A-Maize-ing Heat Corn Furnace by LDJ Manufacturing
- AES Magnum Countryside Corn Burners
- America's Heat corn furnace by LMF Manufacturing
- Bixby corn stoves
- CornGlo Corn Burners
- Dell-Point Europa 75
- Endurance corn stove or furnace by Fahrenheit Technologies
- Genesis No longer in Business
- Nature-Heat Thor Outdoor Corn Burners
- Nesco Amaizablaze Cherokee Model 2100 Corn Burners
- Traeger Corn Burners
- QuadraFire Corn Burners
- Pacobes Outdoor corn Boiler
Advanced Stove Use
- Draft and the Role of oxygen in the burning process.
- Power consumption of a corn burning stove.
- Keeping that fire going, Battery backup electricity.
- Measuring chimney draft. What it should be, and what to do about it if it is too high or too low.
- Side Venting Flue Systems
- Corn additives to aid the burn or operation of the stove.
- Corn/Wheat Pellet Mix as an alternative for wood pellets.
- Other Oddball Fuel like Dog Food or other Misc.
Other Corn Burner Use
- Firepot design, materials and construction
- Heat Exchangers materials and construction
- Corn Transport systems, augers
- Patents on inventions
Other Building Projects
- Drum Based Projects creative ways to use a 55 gallon drum.
- Pelletizing Research building or buying a small scale pellet maker
References and Glossary
- Peak Oil and General Energy
- Solar Heating
- Wind Generation
- The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities] - http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?tab=1&pid=534262 - Good chapter on Corn Stoves
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