Originally Posted By: rwand1
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Thanks for the replies. As our oil supplies become more costly and people turn to more efficient means to heat their homes I can see these things taking off big time. There is lots of corn around.
From what I have learned thus far...
Corn stove does not get as hot as wood stove. It's gentler heat. Apparently the jacket doesn't get as hot as a wood stove.
There is not the wide temperature swings with corn stove like wood stove. Why? Because in a corn or pellet stove the burn rate is controllable. Most have a thermostat or you can hook one up.
Depending on the time of the year corn can be quite cheap. Corn is cheaper in the fall.
Many people have put them in their basements for more even heating of upper floors.
The downside is the units are expensive $4800 installed (Cdn.)(including tax) by WETT tech. Every manufacturer claims to have a fool proof auger. The unit I am looking at has done away with a full auger and used a cork screw type auger so it doesn't jam like an ordinary auger can.
Anyway I am anxious to get it. Have to order today and wait two weeks for delivery from Oregon. This past March and last time I filled up my fuel tank with furnance fuel it was 70 cents/per litre. They say fueil oil will be going up by at least 70 percent this season. Forutnately I still have 3/4 of a tank left.
As to power failure I do have a generator, but may buy a battery box from Canadian Tire as a temporary back up for power.
Thanks for the feedback!
The value of experience is not in seeing much,
but in seeing wisely. - Sir William Osler 1905
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