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Wood Pellets not as good as corn

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Richardin52, Jul 31, 2008.

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  1. Richardin52

    Richardin52 Member

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    I just go my horse converted over to eating wood pellets and he up and died on me!

    I'm going back to corn.


    Just joking

    Hope it made you chuckle

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  2. cogger

    cogger Member

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    I have not tried corn but I hear it is better but harder to light
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I smoked a ham once, and that too was a PITA to keep lit... dude.
  4. Ductape

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    At least the wood pellets were cheaper !
  5. oc4man

    oc4man New Member

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    Adios,
    I like the avitar,watch many Bob Ross shows on painting.His "wet on wet"technique is really somthing to veiw.
  6. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    corn has its advantages and disadvantages, it should only be run in stoves designed to handle it. and yes it is harder to light , most manual lighting corn units recommend using pellets to get the unit started before the corn starts to feed. most auto light pellet stoves will struggle or fail to light straight corn, our CPM unit uses an air pump and a beefed up igniter to light corn, i believe harman's does the same.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I want a manure stove. I saw pallets of it for $2.50 for fifty pound bags today.
  8. Richardin52

    Richardin52 Member

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    I never tried to smoke a ham but I have seen corned beef. I hear grass pellets might catch on. Hope they don't smoke too much, it's against the law to smoke grass you know.
  9. peterpski666

    peterpski666 New Member

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    If you had grass pellets you would need to run the vent pipe back into the house for economy's sake, grass isnt cheap.
    And was the horse on hardwood or softwood pellets? Makes a big difference, if it was softwood he probably pined away.
  10. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I want a p0rn stove with an ethernet connection.
  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    You already have a manure stove. Should burn fine in that beast, though you might want to ask Mike about the warranty. Can't see why it would be an issue though. Just head to the local farm and start pattying up some of those meadow muffins. (Tip: If you can make them on a south facing wall they'll dry faster. Oh, and be sure to wash hands afterward.)

    Give them a month to dry and stack em in the wood shed or garage. They'll burn fine, smells a bit like old popcorn. But nothing your neighbors can't handle. :roll:

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  12. drizler

    drizler Minister of Fire

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    I burned a lot of corn before going to pellets last season. Corn was grand at $75 to 125/ton but soon lost its luster when pellets became cheaper. They say all over the net that corn gives nearly 2K more btu but for the life of me I never saw it at all. If anything the pellets seemed to go a lot farther per ton. Perhaps due to the fact that they hardly dry corn these days and if over 11% the values drop off. When you add the hassle of those 100 lb bags or better yet screening your own it just falls right off. It also tends to spew corn fallout all over your ceiling if you have a grinder like me. Pellets way far cleaner hands down. Last winter I made it all season on about 3 tons of Sams Club NLL pellets at a cost of 192 / ton. I sure didn't come close to that with corn the previous years though a lot of it was likely due to a fairly warm winter. Yet I didn't find it ALL THAT WARM. Going to a thermostat likely helped one hell of a lot too. Would I go back to corn, in a minute if the price went back down but thats not going to happen anytime soon. Just like the name brand or hi test versus regular debate use whats cheaper and you are often better off. I sure do appreciate having a multifuel though, the versatility leaves lots of options. I wouldn't have it any other way.
  13. ugenetoo

    ugenetoo New Member

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    when i started researching the biomass thing, i recieved a note from u of ontario,where a lot of research was being conducted, that most if not all grains had a btu content of 6500-7000 per pound. so i think your observations are pretty nearly correct.
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