Today I was talking with a customer about wind power and the Clean Energy Partnership when she asked me if I knew about corn stoves. “Corn stoves? I’ve never heard of those.”
Corn stoves were apparently invented in 1969 by a woman named Carroll Buckner from North Carolina. Corn stoves have been popular in the South and Southwest, and even made an appearance at the Oval Office during President Jimmy Carters term.
To give you a general idea, from the information that I found on the web, corn stoves are a clean, renewable way to heat your home. Instead of burning wood or oil, dryed corn kernels are used in your indoor burning stoves. While wood and oil can heat a home efficiently, they also significantly contribute to environmental pollution. Corn, however, is seen as a renewable resource that is not only abundant and cost-efficient, but also gives off little to no pollution while being burned. It not only creates less smoke, but also is great news for farmers.
I think that this sounds like a great alternative to wood and oil burning stoves. Not only is it good for the environment, but it is also good for your health, as the two can be directly linked. I was told by the woman that I was speaking with that there is a small community in Takoma Park that uses the corn stoves. They have actually installed a corn silo for the users to access, which follows the countless others popping up all over the nation. Who knows, one could pop up in your neighborhood. Keep your eyes peeled.