Looking for a Corn Pellet Stove? Chances are You Want a Pellet Stove with Options
One decision you won’t have to make when buying a pellet stove through American Energy Systems is whether to buy a wood pellet stove or a corn stove. All of our products come equipped to handle both sources of fuel. However, once you get your stove, you will have to make a choice about which type of fuel to use.
Wood pellets and corn kernels burn with relatively equal efficiency. That’s good news for those with corn and wood pellet burning stoves, because it makes comparing the two biofuels easy when making purchasing decisions since there’s no need for conversions when calculating the best deal. When you’re picking the fuel that works best for you, it often comes down to cost, availability and personal preference.
If you live in an area where corn is produced in abundance, chances are you’ll have a better chance to find good prices on corn than, say, the heavily wooded Northeast, where wood pellets might be the more practical option. If you live in a place where both wood pellets and corn kernels exist in equal abundance, you can adopt your fuel source of choice based on market prices, with the option of making a switch if one source becomes the obviously cheaper alternative.
For both corn and wood, it’s recommended to use fresh fuel for each heating season, as both types of fuel tend to absorb moisture and break apart when left to sit over the summer. Both high-moisture and crumbling pellets or kernels can cause problems for your system and won’t burn as efficiently. And when you buy each in bulk to start the season, you can ensure that you’re getting the same product grade and taking advantage of any volume discounts that might be offered. Generally, it’s a good idea to use the same type of fuel for the entire heating season, as it allows for more consistency in managing your system.
Here are a few additional tips for getting the most out of each type of fuel:
Corn: It’s best to use one type of corn with a consistent moisture content. Moisture content should not exceed 15.5 percent. You can find packaged corn kernels at most stores that sell pellet stove parts and accessories or ag supplies, but you may be able to get the best deal if you’re buying in bulk from a local farmer or mill. Corn is difficult to ignite on its own, so it’s best to still have a supply of wood pellets on hand. You can fill the firepot with wood pellets initially to get your flame rolling, while filling the hopper with corn. Some people prefer to use a mix of corn and wood pellets – available in pre-mixed packages – for this reason.
Wood: With wood, it’s important to find a source of premium grade wood. Make sure you aren’t buying year-old wood. Inspect wood pellets before purchasing – if you see pellets that are breaking apart or sticking together, you will want to look elsewhere. With quality wood, you’ll typically see less “clinkers,” or hard ash deposits, than you will with corn or subpar wood pellets. However, clinkers are easy to remove and the experts at your pellet stove accessories store can help you find the best products and techniques for removing them – it shouldn’t be a major deterrent from using corn.
With both fuel types, proper storage is key. Excess fuel should be stored in a clean and dry environment to ensure quality burning moving forward. Since both corn and wood pellets heat your home with great efficiency, choosing the best fuel source usually just depends on where you live and the current market conditions.