Multi Fuel Stove
The pellets would be distributed in much the same way
heating oil is delivered.
Although Mr. Walker's vision may not become reality
tomorrow, the Bixby corn burning stove of today is already
in its third generation.
As the title of this article implies, these stoves don't come
cheap. Bixby's latest model, the 120, is priced from around
$2,250 and gets more expensive with the addition of
deluxe trim options.
What really sets this stove apart from the competition is its ease of use and
exceptional 97% fuel efficiency rating. At 97%, the Bixby is 12-17% more
efficient than any other pellet stove on the market. To put it another way,
the Bixby stove consumes 12-17 % less fuel to generate the same amount
of heat produced by similar sized stoves.
Another benefit of nearly 100% efficiency is less ash. Actually, there is no fly
ash at all. Rather, an ash cake about 3 inches round is automatically expelled
from the burn pot into the ash drawer twice a day. With little waste to
dispose of, the ash drawer needs to be emptied only once a week.
Other drawbacks associated with owning a pellet fueled stove have also been
Rather than using kindling to start the fire, the Bixby uses a flameless, hot
air vortex system. Just push the ON button, and the stove automatically
dispenses the necessary amount of corn to ignite the fire pot in minutes.
While traditional pellet stoves use an auger to feed the fuel into the burn
pot, the Bixby Ferris Wheel design feeder system rejects foreign materials
that cause jamming.
The hopper on the Bixby corn stove holds 106 pounds of dry shelled corn,
wood pellets or Bixby Certified Biomass Pellets. This is sufficient capacity for
once a day loading. Even on the coldest days, the stove burns only 1.5
bushels of corn.
A stove owner from eastern Iowa says he heats his entire 2,100 square foot
home with the Bixby multi fuel stove, aided by ceiling fans running in reverse
to help distribute the warm air. The total cost to heat his home for the entire
winter was only $250.
Depending on the outside temperature, 8 different push button heat levels
are available from 8,000 to 50,000 BTU's. This feature is useful in controlling
fuel consumption when the outdoor temperature is fluctuating during season
Bixby Energy Systems backs its MaxFire 115 with an industry best 7 year
limited warranty on workmanship/materials as well as a 4 year warranty on
mechanical and electrical. Regional service technicians are also available to
fine tune the stove's operation according to climate and altitude.
Update on the Bixby corn stove and Mr. Walker:
The Bixby corn burning stove ceased production in 2012 due to slack
demand caused by record high corn prices that same year.
Mr. Walker subsequently went into the coal-to-gas business and was
recently convicted of defrauding investors out of $57 million dollars. The 72
year old Mr. Walker is currently serving a 25 year sentence for his crimes.
Bixby Corn Burning Stove:
Beauty and Brains Don't Come Cheap
The Bixby corn stove was
introduced to the market in
2002 by Bob Walker. His
name may not ring a bell,
but the Sleep Number Bed,
which he also invented,
Walker's vision of 21st
century heating also
includes a biomass pellet
that can be manufactured
locally from whatever
resources are available such
as crop or animal waste.