Bixby Max Fire Highlights

8,000 to 50,000 BTU's in 6,000 BTU steps Starts with the push of one button Burns corn 12-16% moisture (has burned as high as 21% moisture) Starts corn with HOT AIR (1400º F) Igniters (2) - 500 watts each producing 2500º at element and 1400º at igniter exit. Corn ignites at 900º F Startup Mode: Run Mode: Ash Dump mode: Shutdown mode: Convection Fan Exhaust Fan 275 CFM 125 CFM 17 minutes Indefinite 1 minute 30 minutes

Feeder Wheel has an Anti-Jam feature. Wheel will reverse if a jam occurs Stove runs at 1.2 to 2.1 amps - Starts at 11 amps Safety Devices: Thermocouple - Used for input to computer for fan, igniter, flame control and as a over temp safety device Hopper Safety Snap Switch - Will shut down stove if hopper temp exceeds 160º F for a set length of time Glass Door Safety Switch - Shuts Stove down if door is open for more than 1 minute Ash Bin Door Safety Switch - Shuts Stove down if door is open for more than 20 minutes Feeder Wheel Sensor - Senses if feeder wheel is working Burn Drive Motor Limit Switch - Positions Burn paddles and senses Burn Pot jams Exhaust Fan Tachometer - Senses if exhaust fan is running and gives feed back of fan speed Igniter Current Coil - Sense if igniters are good. If and igniter is bad the stove will go into another program
to run the good igniter longer to assure the stove starts properly

Can be used with a thermostat - Stove does not shut down but idles at level 1 until a call for heat When not calling for heat, LED's will flash rapidly to indicate in idle mode LED's show operator SET POINT and indicate error codes Artificial Intelligence: Stove can self adjust itself for varying corn or stove conditions Each time the stove is started: computer does a Post On Self Test and checks all components

CLEANING: Once a Week Convection Tube Cover plates Convection Tubes Rear Panel of Heat Exchanger (clean and vacuum) Convection Tube Scrappers


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CLEANING: Once a Month Weekly cleaning PLUS Vacuum under Upper Burn Plate Clean (open) all 109 holes in the Lower Paddle with a 1/8" drill or similar device Clean Burn Pot with a vacuum AFTER cleaning Lower Paddle holes CLEANING: Once a Year Do the Weekly and the Monthly cleaning PLUS: Clean Exhaust Fan Cleanout and Exhaust Fan Vacuum ALL horizontal Flue runs Vacuum out Hopper Replace Air Filter

STOVE TEMPERATURES (aprox) Based on the stove running on highest setting – Level 8, the stove has the following hot areas: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Top of stove: Exhaust side of the wrap: Above the door: Inside the Hopper: Glass Door: 140 degrees 160 degrees 320 degrees 120 degrees 620 degrees

Approximate Hours / Full Load / Per Setting * Aprox. Feed Rate lbs/hr (kg/hr)


Time Between Ash Dumps

Aprox. Hours/ Full Load

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1.8 (0.8) 2.1 (1.0) 2.3 (1.1) 2.6 (1.2) 3.0 (1.4) 3.5 (1.6) 3.9 (1.8) 4.6 (2.1)

21 Hours 17 1/2 Hours 16 Hours 14 Hours 12 1/2 Hours 10 1/2 Hours 9 1/2 Hours 8 Hours

57 48 43 38 34 29 26 22

*Assumes running at a single level, actual time will vary as the burn level changes, starting and shutting down, and trim knob adjustments.

Battery backup can be used with the stove. Should be minimum of 750 watts with 150% overload for 15


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Burn Pot, Upper and Lower Paddles, Upper and Lower Burn Plates and Fuel Deflector are made from 304L Stainless Steel

Venting Configurations
The allowable venting configuration is to be 25 equivalent horizontal feet (7.5 m) or less as determined through the following table:

Venting Components



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Glossary of Terms
Touch Pad: Feeder Wheel: Feed Tube: Hopper: Burn Pot: Gear-motor: Program: Flash point: Igniter: Air Pump: Bixby operator control panel. A solid round wheel with slots to feed a pre-measured amount of fuel to the Burn Pot. A tube to deliver fuel from the Feeder Wheel to the Burn Pot. A holding bin for the fuel. The Stainless Steel cylinder in which combustion occurs. A self contained motor connected to a series of gears designed to increase torque at the output shaft. A set of written instructions imbedded within the stoves’ computer chip telling the stove how to react to various inputs. A scientific attribute, the temperature at which a liquid or solid can ignite. An electronic device used to heat the air to 1400* during ignition. A pump which delivers air to the igniters. Able to apply reasoning capabilities to reach a conclusion.

Artificial Intelligence: Thermocouple: Vortex: Clinker: Trim Pot: Firebox: Convection: Mother board: Daughterboard: Diagnostic Test: Ash Dump: Tachometer: Snap Disc:

A thermocouple is a sensor that is used to measure (sense) temperature. A vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow. The incombustible residue, fused into an irregular lump that remains after combustion. Usage of the term potentiometer (or 'pot' for short) describes an electronic component which has a user-adjustable resistance. The area where fuel is burned. The transfer of heat caused by molecular motion. The main circuit board that controls most of the stove’s functions. The small circuit board that controls the igniters in the MaxFire.. A self test of the computers internal program and all sensors connected to the motherboard. ( P.O.S.T. ) The process of removing the clinker from the Burn Pot. A device that indicates the speed of the exhaust fan, converted to RPM. A thermally actuated switch which changes state at preset temperatures with a set temperature differential between the high temperature and the low temperature.


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Glossary of Terms (cont.)

Heat Exchanger: Surge Protector: Joule: Calcium silicate:

A device built for efficient heat transfer from the exhaust gas to the convection air, and is separated by a solid wall so that they never mix. An electrical device designed to protect electrical devices from power surges and voltage spikes. Measure of electrical energy, also refers to a surge suppressor’s ability to absorb energy. A white free-flowing powder derived from limestone and diatomaceous earth. Calcium silicate has no known adverse effects to health. It is used in roads, insulation and roof tiles.


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