Pellet/corn stove usefulness or lack of...
My parents and I were looking at buying pellet/corn stoves for our
houses. However after research into wood pellet/corn prices we were
disappointed to find out that wood pellet/corn is quite a bit more
expensive than natural gas :*(
NG in Wisconsin = $1.00 per therm
Fleet farm had 40 lbs. bags of wood pellets and 40 lbs. bags of corn for
Corn = about 7000 btu per pound.
1 therm = 100k btu
So 100k/7k= 14.28 lbs. of corn per therm.
$4/40 lbs.= .10 per lbs. x 14.28 = $1.428 per therm of corn! Not to
mention the hassle of purchasing/moving/storing/loading/cleaning etc.
On top of that the corn is not 100% efficient. I know $5.62 a bushel
of corn is outrageous,also it would have to come down to $4.00 a
bushel or $142 per ton just to be even to NG per therm.
I don't understand all of the fuss over bio-furnaces when they
actually cost more to operate?
(Posted this on yahoo group also,sorry for the double post)