We are half way through doing the lab tests on the SnowFlame brand corn stove to achieve Australian Standard Approval.
The interesting thing we have found is that the efficiencies originally quoted for the stove in America are excessively conservative.
We have found, burning wheat, that the efficiency on low is 97% and on high it is 90%.
Considering we only ever run on low then it is a pretty amazing result. It is the highest pellet stove performance in Australia - EVER!!
My point is that I am sure that other manufacturers of corn stoves should revisit their testing because I am sure there will be plenty of other stoves with similar, outstanding, performances.
To quote the correct performances will only improve the future for corn burning as customers come to realise how good it really is.
Also we are trying burning crushed olive pits of which there are thousands of tons sitting around going to waste. I am sure there would be plenty in America as it is a waste from making olive oil.
We only had 10lbs to try and are now waiting on a 200lb sample. THe small amount seemed okay but I am unsure of the ash so it will depend on the bigger burn.
If anyone has some experience I would love to hear.
We found it burns with a similar heat as wheat so that is fine.
What does it cost?
Well if we buy it in 35ton loads it is $50 per ton delivered!!
If it work okay you can guess what we will be using....