Aug 19, 2014
You hear a lot about ethanol, especially in the corn belt. Corn is one of America’s most abundant crops and holds unlimited potential for new and innovative uses. However, corn as fuel does not necessary equate to ethanol.
Ethanol is a completely different type and form of corn fuel, and not the kind we refer to when we talk about using corn as a renewable energy fuel source for heating homes. Corn, in its purest form, is burned without much need for any lengthy or costly processing. Other than removing the kernels from the cob and ensuring it is dry enough, corn fuel can be kept quite simple.
Ethanol on the other hand can be expensive to produce, and requires breaking the actual corn plant down into liquefied form; something that is a somewhat energy-intensive process . Critics argue that ethanol creation decreases its environmental benefits as a renewable energy source. Here is an article we published on “The Difference between Corn Heat and Corn Fuel (Ethanol)” However, the exploration of renewable energy is important and our focus is on providing renewable energy appliances that burn a variety of flex fuels. Wood pellets, wheat, and corn are some of the options our flex-fuel appliances lend to homeowners looking to save money on heat and reduce their dependence on traditional oil and fuel.