Not sure about the current interest in burning corn at all.....

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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Kind of amazed about it actually. Corn has some serious drawbacks versus commercially available pellets in hardwood or softwood.

First off, corn is a regional commodity so it you don't reside in the 'corn belt', getting field corn to roast can be an expensive proposition.

Secondly, field corn out of the field is rarely dry enough to burn. Corn has to be at or below 15% RM to combust properly. Wet corn won't burn no matter what you do and it will gum up a stove very quickly. Corn also has to be cleaned (screened magnetically) to remove field trash that could destroy your fuel feed mechanism if it got stuck inside and it needs to be air cleaned to remove earwings that won't burn at all and just foul the burnpot.

Finally, at current crop prices here in corn country which are averaging a bit over 5 bucks a bushel (new crop), it's not viable cost wise (BTU realized to compete with commercially produced pellets and most modern stoves today will have internal issues roasting corn unless the corn is mixed with pellets anyway. There is also the storage issue. Corn comes loose not bagged like pellets so you must have some sort of secure storage (free from mice that love to eat corn) and out of the weather (so the corn don't get wet).

Been running corn for years but the corn I combust is basically free for me. If I had to purchase corn (cleaned and dried to 15% or less from the local cooperative), I'd be running straight pellets.
 

maraakate

New Member
Sep 27, 2021
15
Lancaster, PA
Can't answer for others, but the interest for me is that they can potentially give out a higher heat output. I bought a bag of shelled corn from the feed store today to try it out and it does emit a lot more heat than my current pellets. So I may keep a bag around for getting the room up to temp quickly on those really cold nights when I get home late.

Price of pellets can be pricey around here almost reaching the same price as burning corn. This may be another reason some people are curious about it this year? It is for me.
 

SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Try mixing the corn with pellets. I typically mix 2/3rd corn to 1/3rd pellets.
 

maraakate

New Member
Sep 27, 2021
15
Lancaster, PA
Yeah I'm burning a mix right now and it just amazes me how much hotter it burns and how quickly it gets things up to temp compared to the AWF pellets alone. It looks like if you keep on top of your maintenance and the stove burns it OK it's not all that bad throwing it in there. With that said, where I'm at current prices don't make it ideal for burning 24/7 so the mix seems like a good way to go.
 

Lordtimothy200

Burning Hunk
Dec 29, 2018
121
Nebraska
Straight out of the field I have never had corn over 15 percent moisture around here. For me pellets is way way to much work for me. With my corn set up, I only need to fill my bin on the side of the house once every two weeks. I am kind of lazy.
 

SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Field out back is coming off at19. I need to sneak out there and pick about 20 ears for the squirrels.
 

SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Hard clinkers will always be an issue burning straight corn, why I mix 2-1. My 6039 has a motorized stirrer to keep the fuel agitated.