Does bean straw burn alright?

Pigman_mike

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I have been burning OSR straw in my Farm 2000 boiler for years now as loose baled mini hestons. However, no one around here can grow OSR anymore so I was just wondering what experience people have with burning bean straw and how it compares? Any tips on how it should be baled and how easily it burns? I am trying to find some Linseed but everyone around here is growing beans.
 

Pigman_mike

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That is reassuring as I always felt bean straw was soft and not woody like OSR straw. I bale 80 x 70 x 190 mini hestons for my farm 2000. I don't think these boilers changed a lot in 40 years. They may have changed them for the emissions regulations but I bought mine before those.

I also think beans are harvested earlier than they used to be so I hope I can get the straw dry. I have struggled with OSR straw for the last two years. It has been cut and then it has rained continuously for 2 or more weeks. You end up turning it, it breaks up, mixes soil and stones in, far from ideal. On the other hand it burns smoke free as it has had a good soaking!
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
That is reassuring as I always felt bean straw was soft and not woody like OSR straw. I bale 80 x 70 x 190 mini hestons for my farm 2000. I don't think these boilers changed a lot in 40 years. They may have changed them for the emissions regulations but I bought mine before those.

I also think beans are harvested earlier than they used to be so I hope I can get the straw dry. I have struggled with OSR straw for the last two years. It has been cut and then it has rained continuously for 2 or more weeks. You end up turning it, it breaks up, mixes soil and stones in, far from ideal. On the other hand it burns smoke free as it has had a good soaking!
Hah , you obviously have never handled beans in small bales, it must be the hardest straw of all, certainly was on the hands:confused:
 

Pigman_mike

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Have to say I have never baled bean straw in small bales, I can't think why. We always had a few round baled as well years ago so I think the beans were rolled up.
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
Have to say I have never baled bean straw in small bales, I can't think why. We always had a few round baled as well years ago so I think the beans were rolled up.
We used to bale all our bean straw , it was very good on the bottom of cattle yards as a base layer as it encouraged drainage.. We used to lay it out as a complete layer of bales then remove the strings
 

Andrew

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
It burns just fine in them, our neighbor prefers it to osr.
Downside is baling it, especially if it’s a Hesston built baler the beans can get stuck in the trapdoor for the stuffer, then you get mis shape bales.
 

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