Grain stoves look similar to
wood or pellet stoves but
instead burn corn, wheat, rye,
or other organic materials such
as cherry or olive pits.
While most customers are
farmers with easy access to
corn crops, he says word is
spreading across the country.
Pictured below is the Lil' Cozy
This mobile home, UL approved
stove has a heat input of
30,000 - 35,000 Btu; enough
to heat 1,000+ square feet.
Grain Stoves - Multi Fuel Stoves and Furnaces
According to the manufacturer, the stove consumes 2.8 pounds
of fuel per hour giving you 14 - 16 hours of burn time from each
fill of the 40 pound hopper.
Grain stoves burn the grain kernel's starch, emitting mostly
carbon dioxide. The only waste product is a lava rock-like
substance that is mostly potash and can be recycled as fertilizer.
Heat is circulated by an electric blower, but if the power to your
home goes out, the blower(s) won't work and you won't get any
|The Lil Cozy stove
measures 24"x 24"x 30"
You can avoid this chilly prospect by purchasing a back-up power system consisting of
a marine battery and inverter or a portable generator for prolonged outages.
The Prairie Fire grain stove is roughly half again the
size of Lil Cozy with a heat output of 60,000 Btu's.
Manufactured in Saskatchewan, Canada, it is UL/ULC
listed and certified for mobile home use.
In addition to wheat, rye, and corn, it also burns
wood pellets. The hopper accommodates one bushel
of fuel which should last 12-24 hours depending on
the heat setting.
Installation of grain stoves is simple and
straightforward with a direct vent from the stove
through the nearest wall.
Venting kits cost $250 - $500 depending on main level, corner, or through the roof
Multi fuel stoves of all types are very efficient. Testing has shown them to have
efficiency ratings hovering around 90%.