Monday, November 28, 2005


Corn Salvation?

Corn stoves are becoming popular again, particularly in rural areas. They tend to wax and wane in popularity, as this story from 2001 shows. The main problem I see with them is that they have to be fed constantly and watched regularly -- unlike electric or even steam/gas heat, which is generally "set it and forget it". You can't just set the thermostat to, say, fifty degrees (just enough to keep the water pipes from freezing) and then go on vacation for a week, the way you can with other forms of heat. But if a way is ever found around that -- and with this particular corn stove, it seems like they're getting close -- then these babies will really start to take off.

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