I am building a new house and think I want an outdoor corn stove for in floor radiant heat and my household hot water. Is this a good way to go or should I use the stove inside instead? Open to all alternatives.
We dont know where heavyset lives. There are areas where wood would be mighty hard to come by. I do agree that any society where grain pricewise becomes viable as one of most economical fuels is cockeyed somehow. I would expect corn to go up in price with recent big jumps in fuel cost but so will everything else unless you have your own woodlot or cornfield. And if you have several acres, you can always grow OP corn using older growing techniques and air dry it in ear form in a corn crib.goatlady said:Depends on what you plan to do if/when the power goes off. No electricity = no heat from an outside stove of any type. Also how/where do you plan to store the ton or so of corn for the stove keeping in mind varmits LOVE corn year round. Also corn is not really a renewable fuel as it takes a LOT of energy in the form of gasoline to plant, cultivate, harvest, and dry the corn for use. Wood takes a lot less energy to produce and does so without human intervention, varmits don't eat it, it stores easily, and in the right stove does not need electricity to produce heat and cooking facillities. JMO.
So what you are saying is that "corn farmers" are actually farming govt subsidies? In other words the govt is hiring you to raise cheap corn? Since nobody with a brain works continually at a loss until their capital is burned up, I would assume subsidies will have to go up then to account for doubling of fuel cost? Unless its all some fancy tax writeoff scheme.Unregistered said:(I grow corn, the price goes up & down on the whim of world supplies, it will hold about where it is for the next 9-12 months, but will drop to give-away prices after that again. Cost of inputs makes _no_ difference, as we farmers produce all what we can & sell for what we get, so the only market changes are world supply & how speculators feel about that trading the bulk commodity. We do not act like a normal retailer or OPEC or such & produce what the market demands, but rather all that we can. Farming will be like that for the foreseeable future, unless all independent farmers around the world sell out and just 2-3 major world corporations own all the land. Currently, the USA govt supplies those ag subsidies to try to keep the current system working, instead of the multi-nationals taking over.)
HermitJohn said:So what you are saying is that "corn farmers" are actually farming govt subsidies? In other words the govt is hiring you to raise cheap corn? Since nobody with a brain works continually at a loss until their capital is burned up, I would assume subsidies will have to go up then to account for doubling of fuel cost? Unless its all some fancy tax writeoff scheme.