Corn pellet stoves can be designed to burn pure corn, multi fuel, or a mixture of corn and pellets. The stoves listed below are approved by their manufacturers for one or other of these options.
Burning pure corn introduces problems not associated with wood pellets. Corn contains sugars which can clog the burn pot holes in stoves not designed for this fuel. Adding corn to pellets can increase the frequency with which the burn pot has to be cleaned.
If you are considering burning corn either by itself or mixed with wood pellets, it's best to go for a multi-fuel vent pipe with increased corrosion resistance.
The water contained in the exhaust combines with the flue gases from burning to form a corrosive acid which can rot the inner flue. This is even more likely if corn is being burned. For this reason, it's best to keep the run of the pellet stove venting inside the building where the flue will not become chilled.
Corn pellet stoves have heavier duty burn pots than pellet stoves, as well as a burn pot cleaning scraper in many cases. Unless specifically designed for it, a pellet stove igniter will not light 100% corn.
If you're feeling experimental and need to eke out your wood pellets it can be worth adding a proportion of corn to the mix - up to 50% can work depending on your stove. This could void your warranty unless approved by the manufacturer. Make sure you have untreated corn kernels rather than seed corn which has additives. Mix the corn and the pellets well.
Corn storage requirements are similar to those of wood pellets, with the added proviso that steps have to be taken to prevent rodent access - the critters will chew into sealed bags, leave a mess and probably take up residence. A good way to store corn for corn pellet stoves is in garbage cans with close fitting lids or a specially designed hopper.
These stoves are designed to burn only corn.
Pelpro Corn Stove
The Pelpro Corn Stove is large, square and designed for functionality together with low price. With its generous hopper size, a burn time of up to sixty hours is possible.
These corn pellet stoves can burn corn, pellets of most types, and other fuels as well.
The Bixby Maxfire is an innovative round fronted stove with a curved viewing window. It's available in six colours with an enamel finish, produces 50,000 btu. and will burn any biomass pellet or corn.
The Bixby UBB produces 70,000 btu. and is rated to heat 3,000 square feet, an impressive output. By using an adapter, it's possible to connect this unit to an existing hot air ducting system. It will burn any biomass pellet or corn.
The Breckwell SP6000 is a large multi fuel freestanding stove capable of burning corn as well as wood pellets. The hopper can hold 90 lbs of corn, and the stove can produce 50,000 btu.
The Englander 10CPM Multi Fuel corn pellet stove is one of a few stoves which will automatically ignite corn allowing on/off thermostat operation. It gives out 55,000 btu. and can burn for 34 hours.
The Harman PC45 corn and pellet stove was designed primarily to burn corn. Burning corn, it produces 45,000 btu. With pellets, this rises to 50,000 btu.
The Enviro Omega is a high output multi fuel pellet stove which needs little maintenance. Because of the burn pot cleaner, high ash fuels are no problem. This pellet stove has a high heat output, (60,000btu.), a very large heat exchanger and a 200cfm. convection fan. It's designed to heat large areas of up to 2,500 square feet.
The Enviro M55 multi fuel pellet stove is a step top stove with an arched top door and viewing window, producing 55,000 btu. and able to heat an area of 2,500 square feet. There is now a cast iron version based on the Enviro Empress. It is capable of burning any biomass pellets, including paper and bark; also, corn, wheat and barley
Quadrafire Castile and insert
A traditional looking cast iron stove or insert with a herringbone brick effect firebox liner. Producing 30,000 btu., a thermostat is supplied as standard. Capable of burning corn.
Quadrafire Classic Bay and Insert
The Quadrafire Classic Bay's large window shows off the brick effect steel firebox back as well as the fire with its realistic log set. It has a large, (24 inch) aluminum heat exchanger. Producing over 47,000btu, and capable of heating a sizable 2,350 square feet with up to forty hours between refills, this is a powerful stove.
The Seraph Genesis 108 multi-fuel corn and pellet stove is a pedestal type stove with a cast iron door/viewing window incorporating a sunrise pattern. The solid state controller is programmable for any type of biomass fuel that can be fed through the stove. Producing 60,000 btu. and capable of heating 2,500 square feet.
Quadrafire Mount Vernon
A large cast iron stove or insert capable of burning a wide variety of biofuels, including wood pellets in various grades, 100% corn, sunflower seeds, and wheat. Produces 60,000 btu. and has battery backup capability.
Quadrafire Santa Fe and insert
The Quadrafire Santa Fe is a modern looking stove or insert with a good sized viewing window. Produces 30,000 btu. Capable of burning corn. Remote control option.
St Croix Auburn
The St Croix Auburn is a step top and pedestal corn or pellet stove with a flat door. The hopper holds 90lbs. It is rated to heat 1,800 sq.ft. and produces 40,000 btu.
St Croix Greenfield
The St Croix Greenfield is a cast iron corn or pellet stove on legs and is styled as a traditional wood burning stove. Rated to heat 1,800 square feet, it produces 40,000 btu.
St Croix Lancaster
The St Croix Lancaster is a neat, small corn or pellet stove with the same heat output as its bigger brothers. Rated to heat 1,800 square feet, it produces 40,000 btu. Hopper capacity is 35 lbs.
These corn pellet stoves are approved by the manufacturer to burn a certain percentage of corn well mixed with pellets.
Pelpro Freestanding and insert
The Pelpro Freestanding pellet stove is a very square and functional entry level unit. It is capable of 42,000 btu. and can heat an area of 1,500 square feet. The maximum burn time is thirty hours.
St Croix Hastings
The St Croix Hastings pellet stove is rated to heat 1,800 square feet, producing 35,000 btu. It can burn for thirty three hours on the low heat setting without re-filling.
St Croix Prescott EXL and EXP
The St Croix Prescott is available either on a pedestal, or with legs. It is rated to heat 1,800 square feet and produces 40,000 btu. The hopper is a good size at sixty five pounds.
St Croix York Insert
The St Croix York pellet stove insert is rated to heat 1,800 square feet, producing 40,000 btu. The forty pound hopper allows a burn time of thirty three hours.
Corn pellet stoves are more versatile than single fuel pellet stoves and are more capable of handling high ash fuels.
The ability to burn alternative fuels in corn pellet stoves gives you independence from only one type of fuel source. If prices go up for one type of fuel, it's good to be able to switch to another.