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SOYBEANS for heating??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jsparkz, Jan 18, 2006.

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  1. jsparkz

    jsparkz New Member

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    Does anyone know if soybeans are part of the laundry list of alternative heat sources like pellets, corn, cherry pits...???
    I'm talking for heating not as bio diesel fuel.
    If so any ideas how many BTU's/pound?

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  2. joshuaviktor

    joshuaviktor New Member

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    Soybeans are full of oil, so they should burn, but I am not able to find any information on them on the web. No manufacturer that I know has them recommended as biomass. Very interesting question. Another pre-pelletized fuel. Anybody got a stove, a handful of soybeans, and willing to try them, just for the heck of it?

    Joshua
  3. kregars

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    Hrmm...from what I read (been there, read about it, thought about it and decided to save the soybeans for the car)...they will burn when air dried, however, their moisture content has to be REALLY low...and they will soot pretty bad if not shelled and oil extracted.

    give it a try outside in a firepit...they as well a coffee grounds will do wonders for starting a pit fire, but you will see the black smoke easily visible.
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    With our extensive research that we do on our Biomass/Corn burning products we analize most agricultural fuels for feasibility. Soy Beans have 10,230 BTU's per pound with 6.22% ash content with .33% sulfur. At 10.25% moisture they will produce 6924 BTU's per pound with 5.19% ash content producing .29% sulfur.
    Soybeans burn rather dirty and will leave a oil film that can clog heat exchangers and venting. They are a rather expensive fuel compared to most agriculture fuel.
    Mixing a small amount 2-5% with Corn will chemically help the combustion process and reduce clinkering. the soy bean needs to be as dry as possible to avoid dirty burning. A small tip, edible beans actually are an ideal fuel and can be purchased at a reasonable cost. Happy heating.
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    jsparkz New Member

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    One of the guys at work burns a corn/pellet mixture and the farmer that he gets the corn from asked him about the soybeans. He got a bag of beans from him and asked me if I had ever heard of it and although I never had I wondered why?? He said he was going to try adding some tonight to his burnpot and see what happens. I'll update if he does.
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    ROFL

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    Your gonna drive up the cost of soybeans and have a bunch of pissed off Vegans tring to shut down the wood stove industry.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I can see it now. Next year the Pinto Bean Stove will be the heater in shortest supply.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    wonder if the beans give off their best heat pre or post digestion?
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    joshuaviktor New Member

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    BeGreen, is that about the Analization of soybeans? After all, most legumes will only give off their methane, and be in their most easily burnable state, when you analize them! Ask any soused teenager with a plate of chili and a lighter to demonstrate.

    I couldn't resist. I'm so sorry.

    Joshua
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    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Would that be know as back puffing?
  12. joshuaviktor

    joshuaviktor New Member

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    Beans, beans, good for the hearth,
    The more you heat, the more you move the air around.

    All right, it doesn't rhyme! You try!
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