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12/13 Pellet testing

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jtakeman, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I had some samples giving to me by Scott at CTpellet and Mr. Warm. I am trying to get to them before the season ends. Hopefully I can get to them all before it warms up too much?

    Same old format but with a new twist. I am getting the average temp like all the others I have tested, But I am then turning the feed rate up/down to get a temp of 250::F. So for 2 hours I let the stove burn at feed rate 3 trim level 3(like all the other pellets). Once I get that temp, I adjust the feed/trim up or down to get the 250::F mark. I was told this would be a fair comparison. I'll also post the feed-trim level settings JIC.

    I am also figuring the average pounds per hour for each pellet. Some thing member Ihatpropane has been doing, So I stole it from him.

    Brands I will try to get to are(in this order!): Details will be posted as I go along!

    Orfords(done)

    LaCrete's(done)

    Okies Douglas Fir(done)

    BlackHills Heat(in progress)

    MWP Softwoods

    Country Boy White Lightning

    Turman's

    I have a few others, But I doubt I will have time to get to them. If I do I will add what I can! ;)

    I hope some of the others join me in posting what we found with this seasons goods.

    Hope you all enjoy.
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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Orfords

    Temp average 245ºF(250::F@ feed level 3 trim level 4)

    Fines volume 4 ounces

    Fines weight 1.52 ounces

    Fines Percentage 0.12%

    Ash volume 12 ounces

    Ash weight 3.76 ounces

    Ash Percentage 0.29%

    Density 43.8 LBS.

    Bag Weight
    bag1 40.06 lbs.
    bag2 40.15 lbs.

    Diameter .256

    Length 1/4 to 1 3/8 inches

    Total Burn Time 28 hrs. 8 min.

    Pounds per hour 2.85 LBS/hr.

    Bag.JPG Sample.jpg Fines.jpg Orford ash.jpg
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    La Crete's

    Temp average 260ºF(250::F @ feed level 3 trim level 1)

    Fines volume 6 ounces

    Fines weight 2.56 ounces

    Fines Percentage 0.20 %

    Ash volume 11 ounces

    Ash weight 3.98 ounces

    Ash Percentage 0.31%

    Density 45.09 LBS.

    Bag Weight
    bag1 40.08 lbs.
    bag2 40.11 lbs.

    Diameter 251.

    Length 1/8 to 1 3/4 inches(there was a few long pellets, But nothing excessive!).

    Total Burn Time 29 hrs. 22 min.

    Pounds per hour 2.73 LBS/Hr

    bag.jpg La Crete sample.jpg La Crete fines.jpg La Crete ash.JPG
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    Okies Douglas Fir

    Temp average 280ºF (250@ feed level 2 trim level 3)

    Fines volume 8 ounces

    Fines weight 4 ounces

    Fines Percentage 0.31%

    Ash volume 5 ounces

    Ash weight 1.42 ounces

    Ash Percentage 0.11%

    Density 45.60 LBS.

    Bag Weight
    bag1 40.38 lbs.
    bag2 39.99 lbs.

    Diameter .254

    Length 1/4 to 1 inches

    Total Burn Time 31 hrs. 43 min.

    Pounds per hour 2.53 LBS/Hr.

    bag.jpg DF sample.JPG DF Fines.JPG DF ash.JPG
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    Black Hills Heat

    Temp average 254ºF(250@ feed level 3 trim level 2)

    Fines volume 10 ounces

    Fines weight 4.4 ounces

    Fines Percentage 0.34%

    Ash volume ounces

    Ash weight ounces

    Ash Percentage %

    Density 44.2 LBS.

    Bag Weight
    bag1 40.03 lbs.
    bag2 40.02 lbs.

    Diameter .253

    Length 3/8 to 1 1/2 inches

    Total Burn Time hrs. min.

    Pounds per hour

    bag.jpg BHH sample.JPG BHH fines.JPG
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    MWP Softwoods

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    reserved
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    As always I cannot wait for your results!!
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    hurry up.
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    Looking forward to the MWP Softwood, and DF results ::-)
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  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Did you test anything this season?

    Yes em boss! :p

    I tested the MWP softies earlier(decent heat-low ash), Scored a couple more bags to retest with the others. I almost did the DF first, But I have had the Orfords and the La Crete's longer.
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    I did but I am not sure if I have the results......I will check my files
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    Apparently the new boat isn't in the water yet!!;)
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    Did you post the results and I missed them?

    THANKS!
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    Nope, This is just taking the jitters out of waiting for it.

    Just posted verbal results for subsailer. I had a drive failure and lost the details.
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    ANOTHER new boat??? Wow....someone is a big shot at his job. ;)

    We need pics or it never floated! ;lol
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    IIRC the temp was around 250. Your comment was they were almost as hot as the Vermonts with a little more ash.
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    The other boat was new to me, But being 13 years old. It was slightly outdated. It happened, And we're getting pretty close to going to bring it home. Just waiting on some factory options to arrive and be installed. Hopefully next weekend?
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    LA Crete's done and the Okies DF are in. Holy snizits are they freekin hot!
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    wow, turned it down AND its up 30. lol those might be worth their price afterall....
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    If you cant stand the heat....... :)
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    Thank you for your efforts. I really appreciate your testing!
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    If its really cold and your stove can't keep up? These might the ticket for ya.

    I hope a few others get a chance to try these. Love to hear the comments.

    I have fun doing this, And every new pellet is exciting to me. I hope to try them all someday.
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