Corn Stoves Heat Homes Normally Off Grid or When Utility Power Goes Off
- From: 2004 <quest2830@...>
Date: Fri Nov 4, 2005 2:41am
Subject: Re: [CornStoves] Run Corn Stove on 12VDC Auto Battery with
120 VAC Inverter quest2830
Great info thank you very much!!!!! Quest....
Harry & Linda Clift wrote:
Heat homes normally, uninterrupted with corn stoves Off Grid or
during blackout periods or power outages. Use Power Inverter,
Vector 700 watt, 120VAC, 6.5 amp, VECT62, 1400 Watt Peak, triple ac
receptacles, MAXX sst, soft start technology, or equal. 700-750 watt
inverters will run any new or old Amaizablaze corn stove model 1100
(3 a), 2100(2.6 a), 4100(3.0amp),or 7100 (4.6 amp). For running
times see http://webpages.charter.net/clift. Inverter cost varies
from time to time and place to place but should cost between $60 and
$100 at XMart stores, auto supply stores, Radio Shack.
To select Power inverters for other corn stoves check the ampere or
watt rating and select the appropriate size inverter. The smaller
and inexpensive 360 watt Vector ($40) will run a single Amaizablaze
corn stove. To prevent tripping of small inverters during corn stove
startup set the corn stove room blower on slow speed to avoid the
high starting current.
Amaizablaze corn stoves use about 100 watts continuously. The
Vector Power Inverters are filtered modified sine wave converters.
The square wave inverters or perfect sine wave inverters will
function equally well for corn stove power. The perfect sine wave
inverter is overly expensive and somewhat overkill for a corn stove.
Recommend route #8 heavy duty electrical cables and clamps(supplied)
directly to battery terminals. Avoid using Cigarette lighter plugs
because they have low amp ratings and may trip the auto fuse or fuse
link to the lighter plug.
A 700-750 watt power inverter is 9.75" x 6.25" x s.25". The inverter
weight is 4.25 pounds. Low battery voltage shutdown is preceeded by
a distinctive buzzing sound which provides adequate warning to start
the engine or generator and recharge the battery prior to imminent
low voltage shutdown at 10 volts battery. Over voltage protection de-
activates the inverter at 15.5 volts.
Option 2: For $200 select a 1000 watt portable gasoline generator or
for $300 select a 2000 watt generator with handle for lifting into
place. Power the cornstove on the 12VDC auto battery during quiet
hours. Hours of the day when generator noise is permissible is the
time to crank up the generator, power the corn stove and
simultaneously recharge the battery.
Option 3: When the inverter begins to buzz, crank up the auto and
recharge the auto battery with the auto generator. Expect to run
the auto about 10% of the time to keep the battery fully charged.
Option 4: Power the corn stove on a 12VDC battery at all times.
Maintain battery charge with a 120vac/12vdc battery charger. When
the power goes off, the corn stove continues to run uninterrupted.
This option is recommended if handicapped personnel are dependent on
corn stove heat. If the power remains off grid for more than one to
six hours (see below for time limits), select option 5 in
conjunction with option 4 to maintain reliable, uninterrupted corn
stove heat at all times.
A corn stove will run from one hour to six hours on the auto battery
as determined by battery selection. For a guide to battery
selection see the bargraph comparison chart on