In July 2006 I purchased a US Stove 6039 Multi-fuel Corn/Pellet Stove to replace an open fireplace. The house is a sectional that is 13 years old. It is 2000 square feet and besides the bedrooms is very open.
Prior to using the corn burner I typically contracted 1500 gallons of propane a year. Originally the shop which is a separate building was also heated with propane. Close to 1000 gallons is consumed for heating the main residence. I have since stopped heating the shop. For the amount of time i spend out there in the winter the thermal mass of the concrete floor and insulation it stays above freezing for almost the entire winter. The water heater, clothes dryer and cook range/oven are also propane.
I start running the stove in early October. The gravity wagon was delivered around October 15 with 170 bushels of corn. the 170 bushels was just a guess. I am hoping to not have any leftover but I also would like to not have to run the furnace either.
US Stove sent the modified burn pot and 5 finger agitator along with the version 34 program. The stove generates a more large ash than I would like but with oyster shell the clinkers have been brought under control.
2007-2008. Corn was delivered on Sept 28, 176 bushels and I ended up having about 6 bushels left over from last years. I did a test burn early in September with about 7 pounds of corn to see if the old stuff was still good enough to burn. It seems to burn okay, it will be a bit challenging to clean as the critters hatched out over the summer and at one point I had a garage full of corn millers of some sort flying around. The top of the tubs of corn have a lot of spiderwebs and caterpillar silks stuck to them, but I am going to try and burn it as i just dont want to throw it away.
This year I have taken a brave step to committing to being full corn heat on the house. I have always contracted a budget amount on the propane for the winter. This year my supplier always does a summer fill, I had them top both tanks up for the house and the shop and do not intend on filling them if I can avoid it. I will probably be sparing on heating the garage and that tank should be able to make it through the winter, if it goes empty then I will just have to have a cold shop, I might have to move a few chemicals in to the house that I cant let freeze but most of the contents doesnt care out there.
I plan on setting the thermostat for the furnace on 55 so that it will take a flame out in the stove before it will kick on. Will see if I can make it all winter w/o burning propane for heat. I still have the dryer, water heater and cook stove but surely 400 gallons will get me through to next summer...October 7, 2008
A SolarsHeat 1500GS has been added to the house. This is a solar air heat collector with a built in 20 watt pv panel to power the fan. I'll be stocking a little less corn with the hope that on sunny days it will allow me to shut the stove down at least for part of the sunny daylight hours.
November 10, 2009
Corn has been delivered, 182 bushels.
October 13, 2010
Corn straight from my field, approximately 170 bushels. Late last spring I converted the stove to a clinker stove. Purchased a deep clinker burn pot and will be running without the agitator hopefully all winter. It runs so much cleaner as a clinker stove.
October 28, 2011
Corn delivered, 201 bushels, off and running.
September 23, 2012
With the drought this year my field produced 1/3 of its normal yield of corn. Corn prices at the time of harvest were 7.70 a bushel. I can buy the same btu's of wood pellets for half of what corn would cost me to heat with. I have between 30-50 bushels of corn left over from last year. So, this year I am going to be burning a mix of corn and pellets. Planning on acquiring around 4 ton of pellets in the next few weeks.
October 25, 2013
Corn prices are down to 4.20/bushel. Now have 197 bushel in the wagon as pellets are still going for $4.00 a 40 pound bag. no contest, corn this year.
197.5 bushels delivered. This is the muddiest day I had to put the wagon up. Stuck twice in the mud and ended up borrowing a much bigger tractor to get out. Thankfully my 19 year old daughter was home from college and was able to help me. Both of us woke up sore and stiff next morning.
189 bushels delivered at $3.56/bushel.
153 bushels delivered at $3.??/bushel. approximately 50 bushels left over from last year.
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