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Corn isn't just for popping anymore, as more and more homeowners are using the vegetable as fuel to cut their home heating bills in half, if not more.

As an increasing number of budget-conscious homeowners already know, corn is an incredibly economical and environmentally friendly fuel source, gaining rapid acceptance across the U.S. and Canada as a basic home heating fuel. For example, the corn-burning MaxFireTM biomass stove, from Bixby Energy, Inc., cuts daily home heating bills to less than the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Fueled by feed corn available for purchase at farm supply stores, the MaxFire can easily and comfortably heat homes of up to 2,200 square-feet for a fuel savings of as much as 70 percent, depending on design and altitude. The stoves could pay for themselves in less than four and a half years for homes previously heated by natural gas, in less than three years for homes previously heated by heating oil and in two years for homes previously heated by electricity.

"With heating oil, natural gas and propane at record highs and no end in sight, the Bixby MaxFire continues to become the 'go to' alternative for heating homes in rural and suburban areas during cold winter months in Upstate New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania and nearly half the U.S., as well as parts of Canada," said Bob Walker, CEO of Bixby Energy. "Corn is an ideal fuel source, since it grows on six out of the world's seven continents, renews itself in four months and is in constant surplus in most regions each year."

The Bixby MaxFire can also be fueled with wood pellets. Igniting whichever Bixby MaxFire-appropriate fuel source is as easy as the push of a button. The advanced stove's internal circuitry ignites the corn or other fuel pellets and allows owners to set the stove to one of eight heat levels. Standing 33 inches tall, 28 inches wide and 30 inches deep, and aesthetically styled to please most homeowners' design schemes, the 50,000 BTU MaxFire holds more than 100 pounds of corn, allowing round-the-clock operation. Unlike other biomass stoves, after the corn is burned, the removal of ashes requires no chisel and hammer. The MaxFire's patented Burn Pot technology automatically cuts ash residue away every 7 to 20 hours, depending on the system settings, and drops it into the stove's ash drawer for easy emptying.

Modern, solid-state reliability is a standard part of the MaxFire. In the rare event of a system failure, diagnostic lights on the stovetop indicate which part needs repair or replacement. With a call to your local stove dealer, the problem can be fixed quickly. The Bixby MaxFire is available in black, blushtone, burgundy, hunter green, navy blue and silver to meet most home decor requirements. Trim finish options for the stoves are black, gold or nickel. Bixby MaxFire pricing starts at $4,095.

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