The process starts when the corn is delivered, in bulk and augered into the corn bin.
The Corn Runs Downhill…. <<<< The corn gravity feeds down into the basement. In the basement we collect it in bucketfuls>>>>>
Buckets of Corn are Dumped into the Hopper Hopper holds 500 lbs. of corn No mice have ever gotten into it It needs to be emptied out in Spring Bucket loads are dumped in This can burn for a week We screen it as we put it in
The 1 st Auger (2 rpm) At the bottom of the hopper the corn drops down where an auger begins moving the corn toward the furnace. A timer can be set to control how long this auger goes off and on. We have it at 10 sec. on and 12 sec. off.
The corn is moved on to the 2 nd auger (4 rpm) Corn drops when it hits the firebreak hole The 2 nd auger then pushes it into to bottom of the firepot The 2 nd auger runs steadily whenever the thermostat calls for heat.
Corn augers into bottom of the firepot The corn feeds the fire from the bottom while the fire burns down from the top This is a boiler furnace This fire can heat the water extremely hot!! But NO, it never POPS!!!
Blast Furnace Effect While the corn is being fed into the fire pot a blower adds air to “fan” the fire.
The Water Pump A water pump circulates the water from the cornburning boiler to the baseboard vents on the main floor of the house. It only goes on when the thermostat on the main floor calls for heat. This is a very steady, quiet, and non-smelly method of heating.
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