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Old 11-11-2004, 02:06 PM
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Anyone ever heard of bio-fuels being used to fire a hot-water type furnace?
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Old 11-11-2004, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rmmagow
Anyone ever heard of bio-fuels being used to fire a hot-water type furnace?
Yes there is a site that specialises in that, let me see if I can find the link.. Its a YAHOO group. altfuelfurnace or something to that effect
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:13 PM
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Maybe not the biofuel of which you're thinking, but I've heard of folks burning grain to heat their home.
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Old 11-11-2004, 09:02 PM
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on the grain theme, we have a corn burner

We have had a "corn burner" that was designed by the Buck Stove folks. It is a fireplace insert, 0 clearance in back if you want to back it up to a wall. It has a corn bin, an auger that feeds corn kernels to a burn box, and a fan that keeps combustion going on in the box. It will burn about 25# of corn in 12 hours and will then need re-fueling. At that end of 12 hours I have a "hockey puck" of carbon in the burn box about 3" x 2". I flip that out of the burn box and if lucky the combustion keeps going. I think it is rated around 25,000 btu +/- depending on how fast you keep the corn entering the burn box.

Much cleaner than a wood burning stove, less waste, but I'm not sure it saves much money. I need a cheaper source of clean corn.

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