Conversation Between dookiller and Northern BC Farm Kid
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16,000,000 btu's at 4000btu's a lb is 4000 lbs of biomass to dry your malt. I used 4000 btu's a lb in my calculation because depending on the biomass you plan on burning it can vary, from flax straw that is very dry, to some that is 18% moisture. Any where a bare flame can contact metal not shielded by a water jacket, can and will warp from my experience. There are so many ways to you can utilize hot water as energy. Different biomass contains different btu's and efficiency. lots of chimney and a small fan should keep that rolling good. Size of burn chamber is important if you aren't available to fill. 4000 lbs is roughly 3 round bales depending on size.
Hi there. I am looking into starting a malting plant and would like to dry the wet malt with a biomass burner. It would require around 800,000btu per hour for 20 hours. I would also like to be able to use the system to dry grain in the fall and possible use it to heat a shop and a couple houses if the price of natural increases in the future. Thank you for taking the time to post your boiler on here. I was wondering about using a vac truck tank (the rear door opens wide (6.2 feet) on hydraulics and I would be interested in leaving the tank on the frame so I could still use the hoist to empty out the ashes (build a hitch on the front to move). Would a water jacket be an absolute must and the tank will warp out of shape without one? Was planning to cover the ceiling of the tank in pipes that I could circulate the glycol through. Stupid idea or could it actually work?