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Trying to get the low-down on corn..

1. Is corn a grain or a vegetable?

2. I have heard that corn cobs or the entire ear can be used in your fireplace. This is of interest to me since I am within walking distance of a corn field. Anyone try this?

-- Amy Leone (, November 23, 1999


in some areas corn is cheaper than firewood. many people burn corn in their stoves and find it gives good heat .....comparable in BTU output to hardwood. Also if you use corn for stove fuel ....... and things get can choose between cold and hungry. YOu can always put one more layers of clothing.

-- Vlad (, November 23, 1999.

A corn cob slightly soaked with kerosene is a great firestarter. It is fibrous so it soaks up the kerosene. The dry stalks will burn also. But I'd save the kernels for food.

-- Les Holladay (, November 23, 1999.



-- Taz (, November 23, 1999.

When corn was really cheap, some farmers were burning it for heat in stoves designed for wood pellets. It would be a good use for corn that was a little molder or otherwise not fit for feed. The stove used shelled, dry corn, of course.

-- Jim (, November 23, 1999.

Corn is a grain. You are eating the immature seeds. The tassel of the corn and the corn silk is the flower. Technically, a tomato is a fruit, as is a zucchini.

-- Mary (, November 23, 1999.

Mary, and cucumber?

-- panjandrum (, November 27, 1999.

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