shelled corn as a fuel can be a feasible way of dealing with
the high prices of more conventional fuels such as fuel oil,
propane, natural gas, coal, and firewood. Utilizing corn as
a fuel does not compete with the food supply needed for
nourishment throughout the world. While it is recognized
that malnutrition is a serious global problem, the world is
not experiencing a food production problem. Instead the
world faces political challenges associated with providing
infrastructure systems for food distribution and storage.
Contemporary agricultural systems can produce sufficient
quality and quantity of food for the worlds population,
with additional resources available so that agricultural
products can be used as fuel, pharmaceuticals, and chemical
feedstocks. Shelled corn is a fuel that can be produced
within 180 days, compared to the millennia needed to produce
Energy Content of Shelled Corn The combustion
energy content of shelled corn is a critical factor in
making energy comparisons of fuels.
Energy Equivalents This table provides a method
of calculating how much shelled corn would be required to
replace the fuel currently being used for heating.
EnergySelector is a user-friendly decision-aide to
easily compare the heating values available from any two
for a Corn-Burning Stove? Questions to ask when
considering the purchase of a corn-burning stove.
a Supplier of Shelled Corn Do not purchase a
corn-burning stove without first identifying a reliable
supplier of shelled corn.