The Superior Biomass Furnace is a multi-fuel furnace able to burn corn, cardboard pellets, agri-pellets and such diverse fuel as cherry pits.
ENERGY CRISIS OR TAXES
Which one will eat us up first?
Because the Superior furnace is a multi-fuel system, you have alternatives.
CORN: Grow your own fuel
You don't have to worry about foreign oil, and corn is renewable every year. Grow your independence. Approximately 2 acres of corn will heat the average home, depending on insulation, this will vary. Corn should be dried to 14%-15% moisture.
RYE: Easily grown fuel
Rye burns very good, combustion air should be cut back.
PELLET FUEL: Recycled material good for the environment
There are a lot of grades of pellets. The Superior can burn them all. You will find wood pellets are bulkier and you have to burn 18 lbs. + per hour, compared to 12 lbs. per hour of corn.
CHERRY PITS: Designed by Mother Nature
These little round balls were designed to burn in the Superior furnace. Cherry pits are very hot, but they burn up quickly. It's a good idea to mix a little corn in with them.
SWITCHGRASS PELLETS: Very economical renewable resource
These little pellets were designed to burn in the Superior furnace.For more info about burning switchgrass go to the Cornell University site
Safe, Comfortable Heat
Your home's thermostat electronically controls the fuel feed system to provide a constant temperature. The furnace will remain lit as long as the bin contains fuel, and will shut down automatically if the fuel supply is depleted. The low stack temperature and absence of creosote buildup eliminates the possibility of chimney fires.
Cost Analysis Chart:
*Prices are based on heating an average 2,000 square foot home in Michigan
*Prices may vary in different locations or from year-to-year.
By Christopher Schilling Ph.D.
Saginaw Valley State University
Dimensions and Specifications:
|Quality constructed heat exchanger - 14 gauge steel|
|Burn pot - 60 lbs. of cast iron - FIRE POWER!|
|Furnace auger motor - high torque, fan cooled|
|Bin auger motor - high torque, fan cooled|
|Furnace and bin augers are floating which enables the system to handle small pieces of cob and stalk|
|Bin - 12 bushels, mounted on side of furnace - gravity feeds metering auger|
|Criss-cross heat exchanger tubes are heated on the outside and most fly ash falls off into the ash bin|
|Hot air blower - 1/3 H.P. multi-speed fan|
|Combustion blower - 60 cfm|
|Standard furnace controls|
|Thermostat controlled for even heat|
|Timer - for low fire cycling - acts as pilot light just maintaining a low fire|
|6" flue pipe must be connected to a draft control set at 0.4 water column|
|Furnace - 100,000 B.T.U.s|
|All electronic equipment CSA approved|
I have been selling corn furnaces for a number of years. The most asked question, "How much will the furnace burn in a year?" My answer is, "You will burn roughly 2 acres of shelled corn, or 200-250 bushels in an average house." Some huge old farm houses with poor insulation will naturally burn more fuel than a well-insulated newer home. Stan Campbell of Ionia Station, Ontario averages 200 bushels per season to heat a 2 story 2,000 sq. ft. older farm house. Stan says the nice thing is you control the temperature with a thermostat. A little about myself: I have been designing and working with many different systems. The first system I built was a corn-fired boiler. It worked great for a prototype. Also, I designed a corn burn pot for Pellet Master spaceheater in Idaho. All the systems I work on are bottom fed. The Superior Furnace is also bottom fed. This furnace was my biggest undertaking - designing a furnace easy to operate and user-friendly. I am sure if you choose a Superior Biomass Furnace, corn & pellet burner, you will not be disappointed in it's performance. Looking forward to meeting you and taking care of your heating needs.