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THE ECONOMICS OF BIOMASS FUEL:
These include, but are in no way limited to:
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When did heating with biomass fuel get started?
In the 1930s, during the depression, farmers realized they could not afford to take a year to raise their corn, then turn around and sell it for ten or twelve cents a bushel just to buy coal with the money.
To a degree that same scenario holds true today.
Follow this comparison and I think you will understand.
Corn has about 500,000 btu per bushel and propane has about 100,000 btu per gallon, hence a 5 to 1 ratio. If corn is worth $2.00 per bushel today, one would need to buy propane for 40 cents per gallon to come out ahead.
Here are some more hot ideas that will warm you up Every area of the nation has
some by-product which could be converted to heat if we would only take the time
and a little conversion trouble. Virtually anything organic will burn, given
enough heat. Coffee grounds will burn and produce wonderful heat once they are
dried out. Then think about the leaves raked up each year to be burned on the
spot, or hauled off and burned. Think of the trees the Highway Department cuts
down every year, most of which are piled and burned. Think of the property
cleared every year and the trees, twigs, and shrubbery piled up and burned.|
Think of the dead limbs and underbrush in our national forests, the fallen leaves that create such tremendous forest fires. Think of all the old bills, junk mail and advertisements heaved our way, and hauled off as refuse when the burning of them would reduce our heating bills substantially.
Think of the rice farmers and wheat farmers who regularly darken our skies by burning their fields every year. Think of the dying kudzu that flashes so readily into flames and produces great heat.
Package these free resources conveniently for the consumer
Put our minds to the task and all this waste can be abolished.
There is no law that says the device which heats our homes must be inside; no law which says they must be small. You can put your heater outside and get one big enough to heat two homes and the barn. Instead of putting in little sticks of wood you can toss in whole logs. Make it big enough and you could heat a city block from one source. You can run heating pipes under the house and heat it from the bottom up. You can run heating pipes inside the walls and heat your home from the outside in. You can turn sunlight into heat. You can save up to 80% on your heating bill by burning wood/coal but still have all the conveniences of gas or oil. Electricity generated by sunlight, wind, or flowing water means no pollution, no outages, and no monthly power bills. Use a residential geothermal heating system. You can also make your own biodiesel.
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|Where can one find biomass burning equipment? |
You won't believe this, but it just so happens that I carry a full line of furnaces, boilers, and stoves.
Of course I have competitors who also offer quality equipment such as:
You will find most of these products for the home advertised as corn stoves or pellet stoves.
|Propane is a colorless, odorless gas of the alkane series of hydrocarbons, of formula C3H8. It occurs in crude oil, in natural gas, and as a by-product of petroleum refining.|
Propane burns in air. It produces carbon dioxide and water as its final products, and has clean-burning properties.
Propane is used also as a so-called bottled gas, as a motor fuel, as a refrigerant, as a low-temperature solvent, and as a source of propylene and ethylene.
Corn burning stoves usually have a combustion air fan and a fuel stoker, both of which are not common in standard wood stove construction.
Please note: Because of the difference in btu content, one can burn pellets in a corn stove, but one cannot burn corn in a pellet stove.
When making a buying decision, ask about the feeding process of the stove. If it uses electricity to power the fuel feeding then every time the electric goes off, your stove quits.
Biomass fuel suppliers can usually be found by asking questions of seed exhibitors at farm shows, or just looking around the area where you live for companies that throw away anything that burns.
Looking in your local phone book under US Government, Farm Service Agency, you should be able to find a long list of various producers near you.
Until recently, burning biomass fuel inside the home was a study in determining just how much frustration you could live with. Heating with electricity, oil, or gas was far more convenient.
Today, one doesnt give up very much convenience with dry fuels at all. A few seconds a day, or a few minutes a month is usually all thats required for maintenance on most modern units.
Every year farmers already harvest, dry, convey, and store millions of bushels of corn. The Butler buildings, and all these things farmers use, are readily available to the public.
As I said here before, Economics is the chief motivating reason for switching to biomass fuel heating technology.
Other reasons include the fact that most biomass fuels are non-polluting, non-explosive, very renewable, and at least they keep the energy dollars in your community -- even if they don't always keep the money you save in your own pocket.
Drawbacks? Being a fifteen year veteran of using biomass fuels, I have grown to love the economics of Biomass fuel. In all those years as a corn and soybean producer here in central Illinois, there was only one time that I had to burn some grain out of one of the bins.
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Our home, office, garage, and shop
are all heated for about $100 per winter.
How much was your fuel bill?
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|The original corn stove was invented by Carroll Buckner of
Arden, NC The corn stove produces renewable heat that can be used for both
heating and cooking within the home. Buckner manufactures a corn fireplace, and
*corn fireplace inserts* so that everyone's needs are fully met.
In the 1970's Carrol Buckner invented the BuckStove, a legendary wood stove that
made the pot-bellied stove obsolete.
The most famous demonstration of the stove was in the Presidential Oval Office, installed during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
Most corn burning stoves are qualified for a 30% Biomass Tax Credit!
Setup is as simple as venting a dryer. It does not have to draw air from
inside the house for combustion, although frequently it is hooked up to an
available chimney. Instead, it can draw air for combustion from outside, thus
alleviating the usual dryness that afflicts homes heated with wood.
Corn stoves burn cleaner, hotter, and less expensively than any other heater
for your home.
|I'm a computer man. When my computer hurts, my bank
coughs up an Insufficient Funds Notice. One thing that hurts a computer
worse than anything is smoke.
Your common wood stove is worse about shooting smoke into the house than a fire place is. Wood stoves are designed to shoot a lot of heat up the stove pipe on top of that. Bugs come shooting out of fire wood and head for the darkest spots in the house.
I've used a lot of fuel to keep a fire going. Old dead leaves can get a stove hot in a hurry. Cooking oil works pretty good if you put it in an iron skillet and put the skillet inside the stove. Corn kernels will heat up a wood stove too, use an old iron skillet, and for real heat, put a bigger skillet on top of that one.
When burned corn does not emit any carbon monoxide, By products, while running properly, are oxygen and nitrogen.A draft blower draws combustion air through and over the pellets and forces it outdoors.
corn can be replaced in three months time. Compare that to 30 years
replacement time for trees, and 3000 years for oil, and you have one of
America s largest and least expensive resources.
A bushel of shelled corn provides four times the heat generated by a single gallon (3.78 liters) of propane, or 352,800 British Thermal Units (BTUs) compared to 91,500 BTUs.
A bushel of shelled corn provides four times the heat generated by a single
gallon (3.78 liters) of propane, or 352,800 British Thermal Units (BTUs)
compared to 91,500 BTUs.
Corn weighs about 60 pounds per bushel You can buy it at any feed store or directly from a farmer.
Corn burns so cleanly that no smoke is seen emerging from the pipe outdoors; however, corn stoves don't burn as cleanly as wood pellet stoves and need to be cleaned out more often. Also, corn varies a lot more in its makeup and moisture content.
corn costs less to burn than all of the other fuels except for natural gas.