Why Corn Makes for a Better Heating Fuel
Even though burning corn seems to be a greener option because of the renewability factor, some people do have an initial inhibition about using this ‘animal feed’ as a heating fuel. Corn kernels are indeed a popular animal feed, but the corn kernels that are available for burning are the rejected kernels which are not fit for use as animal feed. That said - here are some more reasons to justify corn kernels as a better fuel heating your home.
Corn can be grown and harvested every year, thus its quick renewability earns it a higher score than even wood. Trees take many years to grow up and provide timber, also felling trees for fuel has a devastating effect on the environment. So when compared with wood, charcoal, coal or the non renewable resources, corn is the best fuel to use in heating stoves.
Efficient and Economical
Corn kernels produce more than four times the amount of heat that is produced by burning the same amount of wood in a regular wood stove. The heat efficiency of corn is comparable with that of wood pellets, and this high heat efficiency translates into great savings. The corn stoves come equipped with thermostatically controlled hoppers, which further adds-up to the economical efficiency.
Cleaner and Environment Friendly
As pointed earlier burning corn for heating is certainly more environment friendly than using wood, but its quick renewability isn’t the only factor that makes it a greener fuel. Corn kernels contain ethanol and oils, both of which burn efficiently without producing any dangerous gases. Also, the amount of smoke produced is negligible. Burning corn in corn stoves doesn’t leave behind any ashes, only a hardened clinker remains which is absolutely biodegradable and very easy to clean. Corn stoves are designed to pull in air from outside, which ensures that the air inside the house doesn’t lose its moisture and remains free of odor.