I did that for 10 years.. I built an outside wood fires boiler and then
I burned my trash in it along with about 10 cord of wood every year.
It cut my LP gas bills by a bunch. I could burn anything that I could
fit in the fire box that was 24 inches high by 16 inches wide by 4 feet
Logs, tires, trash, plastic bottles of oil or cooking grease. Old wood
shipping pallets. If it burned it heated my house. I was even signing
up to get more junk mail. I had pallets from the place I worked since
they thew them away in the dumpster along with boxes.
I burned it all out back 60 feet from the house.
I knew some folks who had outdoor boiler, a couple
decades ago. They used auto radiator and fan to
release the heat into the house, under ground water
lines to carry the hot water from the boiler.
Don't steel belted radials leave a lot of steel in
your fire box? Were you able to get polyester tires?
Many people still do. Absolutely the bomb for radiant heating, but hot water
baseboards or another AC evaporator core in your central unit works just
fine as well. Indeed with either radiant or baseboards you can get
individual room temperature control, it's not unlimited but you generally
can set it from brisk to sweltering.
With forced draft combustion the energy extraction is quite high and you can
burn things most people would consider unsuitable such as pine, cedar and
other softwoods. Sure, less heat per cord but much more renewable as well.
They even have corn stoves that use shelled corn in a sort of pellet stove
format. Haven't seen one of those in operation, but they sound interesting.
Readily accessible fuel, easily handled, stored and used with minimal muss
or fuss. In an emergency, can provide a supply of food...if not particularly
Pellet stoves are quite nice as long as you don't overfill the hopper.
The problem is they don't readily lend themselves to DYI fuel supplies since
it takes a certain amount of machinery and a ready supply of sawdust to
In the old days, sawdust could be had for hauling it off....not any more.
With the changing society, different fuels become
available. I'd be careful about pellet stove, if
the pellet makers quit, you're out of luck. Of
course, same can be said for LPG and a few other
heat sources. I see LPG and 220 VAC being around
for a while.
Every year something disrupts the supply of pellets, but lately that's
happened with fuel oil too, and our natural gas price spiked.
This month has been renamed "Marchuary".
Where is the Global Warming we were promised?
Try crushing Pecan shells..... They burn.
You can buy a pellet making machine but it's expensive, then you can
make dried hay/grass pellets.
I did buy rabbit food that's pellets and it's just semi dry alfalfa. I
would buy a pellet machine and plant alfalfa if I still had the acreage
and a larger number of animals than I had in the past. Oh and alfalfa
pellets are good for chicken food additive in the winter and rabbits and
goats as far as I know, I don't know if they can be mixed with cow and
horse feeds and you can always try to sell the extra to the local feed
But the point is that you can pelletise anything to eat or burn that you
you can dry and shove it into the pellet machine. You may need to add
water and then dry the pellets some later....
It may be worth it if you exploit the machine to the maximum and sell
pellets for (Food and fire) to other people.
You can probably pelletise old newspaper and phone books and cardboard
scrap. the problem may be shredding it fine enough to be used by the
Maybe you can change the pellet die and make larger pellets too.
#19 - Deciding how much Socialism is too much, is like deciding how much
On Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:46:34 -0400, BeamMeUpScotty
People here have bought these stoves for heat if power fails. I have
one also and it requires power to work. Has a battery but not sure
how long that would work.
This is off topic a little but does anyone here know how Obama's
suggested rules for these stoves is going to work.
In the basement I have a old log stove will people be able to keep and
use these stoves?
A solar panel, two deep cycle golf cart batteries, and an inverter can
easily handle the electrical needs of most pellet stoves.
Electrical Usage for Magnum & Country Flame Pellet Stoves
The igniter for a MagnuM Baby Countryside stove uses 175 watts and it
normally takes three to five minutes to light wood pellets in a stove
(it may take longer in some cases) and the igniter runs for ten minutes.
The igniter takes .175kw x .08 = 1.4 cents. If the igniter is on for ten
minutes it would take only ten out of sixty minutes in an hour so 1/6 x
1.4 cents = .233 cents per lighting cycle. The use of the igniter on a
Magnum Pellet stove will vary with individual usage, but if it went
through a relight cycle twenty times in a day it would take .233 cents x
20 = 4.66 cents or less than a nickel a day (with wet or poor fuel it
may take 2-3 cycles for the unit to light properly).
The fan motors, auger motor and stirrer motor (if standard) take
approximately 2.5 amps to 3.0 amps to operate. Voltage x amps = watts,
so 110v x 2.75 amps = 303 watts of usage per hour. With the average
price of a kilowatt at $0.08, the average electrical cost to run a stove
would be .303kw x .08 = 2.42 cents per hour. If a stove ran for 24 hours
in a day it would use approximately 58 cents per day (2.42 cents x 24
hours X.176 cents). Many times a stove is not needed or used 24 per
day, so the actual cost would be based on the actual hours a stove is
used by a homeowner?if it was used 12 hours per day the electrical cost
would be about 29 cents per day.
It should be noted that the fan for the heater exchanger on a Magnum
stove does a good job of pushing the heat into the room and helps to
circulate heat in a house?especially in a lower level or a basement
where hot air rises throughout a structure. Magnum Pellet stoves also
give off radiant heat (like the hot heat of the sun) in addition to
convection heat. Compared to wood stoves or heating appliances without a
blower, you get better heat circulation with a corn stove (in many cases
higher thermal efficiencies with a corn stove). A forced air furnace and
some other forms of heating also need a blower to move the hot air
around a structure and will take as much or more electricity than a corn
stove. Although electric baseboard heat does not need a blower, the
average electrical usage will be much higher than a corn stove to heat a
Note: These calculations do not include meter fees and other charges
from an electric company. Voltage will vary from 110 volts to 120 volts
and at start up there is a slightly higher electrical draw. For more
information on electrical usage for appliances you can visit or ?Google?
various websites or contact your electric company.
Not for very long.
A typical deep cycle golf cart battery is 30Ahr, or 360Whrs....based on a 20
hour discharge rate.
However, if the discharge rate is faster than that the amount the battery
can supply will be less.
So 2 batteries can, at best supply 720Whrs or 36 Watts/hour at 20hr rate.
At 3-5 minutes that is
9-15 W/hrs for each igniter cycle. Probably not significant.
303 Watts per hour.
Please note our batteries only have a MAXIMUM of 360 watts over a 20 hour
Now if we assume our inverter is 92% efficient. That means for our 303
watts out, we need 330 watts in.
In short, your batteries would last, at best about 2 hours. However since
this is 10 times faster than the specified 20 hour discharge rate you would
probably get no more than 75% of the battery capacity. So call it 90
minutes. Then your batteries are flat, the stove stops working and the house
starts to cool off.
Meanwhile, you would likely need at a solar panel rated at no less than 500
watts to run the stove during the day as well as recharge your battery for
your brief night usage.
Trust me, I went through all this when rigging my system for solar power
usage. There is a reason I use a massive forklift battery for my storage and
I really could use a second one.
Not a problem. Hated to shoot you down, but most people don't realize how
little energy current batteries actually store. That is the biggest weakness
of DIY electrical generation.....a lack of a means for adequate energy
The most obvious solution is to dump it into the grid, but that really
doesn't help much since you generally sell at wholesale prices and then buy
it back at retail. So you have to dump in massive amounts more than you use
in order to overcome your inability to store it adequately. Of course, in a
few places they force the electric companies to pay full retail price, but
that's not really fair to them since they can get an equal amount of power
cheaper, and at full retail they make nothing on the deal despite the fact
they have all the overhead and STILL have to supply you power when you're
not generating. Plus the grid interface is a couple of thousand dollars and
The day someone comes out with a 'shipstone' storage cell, it will change
Shipstone - A theoretical energy storage device by Robert A. Heinlein that
could store massive amounts of electrical power in very high energy density
device that could be made in a massive variety of sizes and capacities.
Make use of wind generators they work at night.
At night use a 10 ton rock and some block and tackle to run a generator
like an old grand father clock runs... you crank it up with a block and
tackle by hand and then it turns a DC motor all night as it falls that
generates electric. Use a gravity generator.
Or pump water into a BIG tank all day with solar and let it fall all
night. use two tanks and pump the water from one to the other and make
it a slow rotating 1 revolution per day solar powered engine.
Assuming 20 feet elevation that equals 533,374.8 joules or about 148
watt/hours assuming 100% efficiency in your conversion to electrical energy.
His golf cart battery holds more energy.
10 tons of water equals 317 gallons from the above calculation we know that
equals 148 watt/hours.
A golf cart battery is 360 watt/hours which equals 771 gallons of water at
To equal both of his batteries you would need a 1,542 gallon tank weighing
some 49 tons with the water having an average height of 20 feet above the
Like I said, energy storage is a bitch........
That seems like it's workable to me.... With more solar and wind it
could be pumped fast enough to create two or three revolution.
So you have the power of two or three batteries each day... and I
worked with stuff that weighed 10 ton and it's serious but NOT
impossible (ever been to coral castle in Florida) it was built by one man.
Ever seen the Pyramids in Egypt.... moving 10 ton is NOT imposable. The
question is how long will the engine you build last and are you willing
to invest into a power source that you will likely die before you recoup
the money from it? It can pay for its self, it just may take a long
On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:28:58 -0400, BeamMeUpScotty wrote:
You are changing the rules. (and you have just left the realm of
science and engineering.) You are saying if you had more energy to
start with, you wouldn't need as much energy because you could use it
1. For starters, you don't need storage if you're currently
generating. If your storage comes from solar, it's mindless to use the
storage when the sun is shining. It might be a short term boost but
that comes out of your later capacity.
2. Draining your gravity reserves when there is solar power available
is counter productive. You will be using solar derived power from your
reserves at the same time you are using solar power to replenish the
3. The only energy source that HAS revolutions/cycles is solar. There
is no way to mess with the timing of what's there. With wind you get
what you get, when you get it. No messing with that either other than
having enough storage to hold you until the next wind comes along.
Tell us how it's done. I've read some theories but I think it's still
qualified as a mystery.
Tell us how it's done. Again, lots of theories on this one, they all
seem to have one or more holes in them. Personally, I like cranes on
sky hooks tethered to flying saucers, piloted by Masons and Templar's.
GPS guidance courtesy of the Illuminati.
Or will necessity be the mother of invention for you, just in time,
after TSHTF? "Could be if you knew how" is another free lunch.
In any case, better have lots of farm land to feed all that slave
labor. Hey, I know, use the slaves instead of storage energy to get
your work done. Feed them well and they are self reproducing so
forever maintenance is not a big issue and requires little
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