Wood pellets vs corn

bowtech36

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Aug 27, 2020
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Windsor, Pa
I'm looking at installing an American Harvest model 6500 pellet furnace in my home as a second heat source. I was told that burning corn instead of pellets would increase my btu output. Thoughts???
 

Former Farmer

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Apr 12, 2008
529
NE Wisconsin
Is that model rated to burn corn? Most people mix some pellets with the corn to reduce the clinker from the corn.
 
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Amin1992

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Oct 9, 2019
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PA, USA
Just curious, where do you guys get corn? And what do you look for? Is it dried corn kernels?
 

Amin1992

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Oct 9, 2019
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PA, USA
I get it in town. Local feed store. Its slightly more expensive than wood pellets but burns much hotter. In my opinion its cow corn. Yes it is dry.
I see, thanks. Is it sold as a heating fuel? Or just generic dried kernel corn? I wonder if a Tractor Supply would have it
 

Birchburner

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Apr 26, 2020
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Massachusetts
I see, thanks. Is it sold as a heating fuel? Or just generic dried kernel corn? I wonder if a Tractor Supply would have it
Where i buy it, it is sold as heating corn. I know tsc sells corn as feed which is usually sold more expensive than the heat corn. But i feel it is the same product. If you have a local stove shop or local feedd store. I feel like they may sell heating corn.
 

Amin1992

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Oct 9, 2019
188
PA, USA
Thanks for the tips bud. I'll keep this in mind and look around the area.
 

Lordtimothy200

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Dec 29, 2018
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Nebraska
If you are near any grain elevators, buy a old grain wagon and just drag it down and fill r up. Corn is cheap right now. Cash price at the grain elevator near here runs about 3 to 3.25 a bushel.

I normally buy it from whoever is farming corn near me. Field corn running around 15 percent moisture. Go through about 200 bushels a year. Last year got it for less than $3 a bushel.
 
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FirepotPete

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Oct 25, 2010
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Titletown U.S.A
If you are near any grain elevators, buy a old grain wagon and just drag it down and fill r up. Corn is cheap right now. Cash price at the grain elevator near here runs about 3 to 3.25 a bushel.

I normally buy it from whoever is farming corn near me. Field corn running around 15 percent moisture. Go through about 200 bushels a year. Last year got it for less than $3 a bushel.
I don't see anyone on the east coast getting our prices in the mid-west. Price has been steady the past few years $110-120 per ton. While corn does burn hotter I don't think the price offset to pellets would make it worth it.

Unless you can find a farmer to buy in bulk (not bagged) by the ton you (the OP) are going to pay out the nose for it, IMO.
 
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