Tennessee Reports of Corn Fuel Usage
- The winter of 2006 Ken, John & Dee report using about 100 bushel or
800 gal to 1000 gallons of corn fuel all winter for whole house heat
in East Tennessee. Corn prices vary from $0.35/gallon at the
Collier Farm to $0.65/gallon for expensive Turkey/Deer corn at
XMart. It is recommended Relative humidity be controlled at 50%
with a corn stove. At the price of corn fuel, an open window is
often used to adjust the room temp. One should keep RH at exactly
50% - the healthy, safe, clean and perfectly comfortable room zone.
To date, there are no known molds and viruses that survive much less
thrive or multiply at 50% RH in Tennessee.
How did Brad use so much corn fuel? He ran two corn stoves in one
house to keep the young ones plenty warm. He fed a few goats until
the varmints struck and reported the highest usage of corn fuel for
any house in Tennessee. Was it the lack of a skirt or underpinning?
Did the heat all go up the fireplace chimney? Was green structure
curing in a new house? There is no basis for a comparison to
previous years or other fuels. Perhaps Next winter may reveal the
mystery? For Brad, corn fuel is the lowest cost home heating energy
available in Tennessee unless one counts that free wood heats twice
with a cool jacket in Sep "Timber".
- $3-$4/bu Tenn Corn Cost, 2005-2006 winter heating whole house:
$525 Model 7100 for the 3 story/basement log home, Piney Flatts Tn
$325 Model 4100 & 2100 for the modular, Kingsport, Tn (first yr)
$330 2 Mdl 4100 in a two story Bristol, Tn (3 yr avg)
$300 Model 4100 for a double wide Kingsport, Tn
$200 Model 7100 for 2 story w/basement log home, Surgoinsville(3 yr)
$110 Model 4100 for 1100 sq ft, Tulsa, Okla (3 yr avg)
The first year there is an operational & maintenance learning curve.
The first two weeks takes more corn