Flex-fuel appliances like the Magnum Countryside pellet stove are designed to burn a variety of fuels, including corn. Mike Haefner, owner of American Energy System and manufacturer of the Magnum line of products designed and built the first ever certified appliance in the industry that burns corn.
Why not burn corn cobs?
The reason corn cobs are not burned in pellet stoves is because corn cobs carry a high level of starch in them. The starch doesn’t convert easily to BTU’s. However, clean and dry shelled corn carries a level of sugar and starch that converts much easier into usable heat. The technology for using corn cobs for heat varies so greatly from the technology used to burn shelled corn, that appliances can not easily adapt between the two.
Having as much flexibility as possible with suitable renewable fuels is very important to us, and that’s why we design and manufacture the Magnum line of products to burn a variety of shelled corn, wood pellets, wheat, and more. Read some stories people have shared with us about the flexibility of burning fuels and saving money in their pellet stoves.
Our heating specialists are happy to talk to you about your heating options and flexibility in renewable fuels. Call us at 1-800-495-3196