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(-: 2010 Pellet review its that time again! :-)

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jtakeman, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Here goes nothing!

    I have a few brands to test and I hope some others will join in.

    If you purchase pellets on my test data without trying yourself first? SHAME ON YOU!!!!

    What I am doing and how I am doing it. Sorry but this isn't in any way, shape or form a lab test ;-P

    Temp measuring: I use a thermometer that doesn't touch the stove. I only measure the air temp from the convection air. The stoves heat setting is on 3 medium

    Ash volume: I swept the stove into the ash pan. I put the ash I recover from the stove in a mason jar to give it a visual on volume. I then vac the stove out in case I missed some ash. I don't want to mess up the next batch tested.

    Ash weight: I weigh the ash and record the numbers

    Ash Percentage: Divide the ash weight by the total pounds of fuel burned

    Density: I have a 288 cubic inch box. I fill it and weight the pellet and multiply by 6 to give the desity.

    Fines: I have a screen that I shift out the fines. Put them in a mason jar for a visual.

    Bag Weight: I weigh the bags and deduct the actual bag weight. So the weight is a net weight of the fuel only.

    Total burn length(how long the bags last): I added an hour meter in the convection blower curcuit. This curcuit is controlled by the POF switch. SO as long as the POF see's heat the conv blower has juice. Another feature we can now track. Besides the LG's the time listed is for both bags burned. Total net weight of fuel.


    Brands I can test are:

    Potomac: see post 1
    SIH: see post 2
    Freedom Fuel: see post 18
    Stove chow: see post 19
    Allegheny: see post 20
    LG's(1 bag only): see post 21
    Clean Energy: see post 75
    Blazers: see post 89
    MaineWoods: see post 90
    PWI: see post 91
    Counrty Pine: see post 92
    Quality One: see post 93
    Hardwood Heat: see post 96
    Vermont see post 149
    Okanagan see post 150

    Gonna take a break for a while!

    Energex American see post 151
    TreeCycle see post 152
    Western see post 153


    Still looking for one more?
    *Heartland

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Potomac's results

    Temp average 248ºF

    Ash volume 15 ounces

    Ash weight 4.8 onces

    Ash Percentage .37%

    Density 41.53 LBS.

    Fines 18 ounces

    Fines weight N/A

    Fines Percentage N/A

    Bag Weight Bag 1 40.24 LBS
    Bag 2 40.13 LBS

    Diameter .265

    Length 3/8 to 1 1/2 inches

    Total Burn Length: N/A

    These pellet's were donated by BT Ent. Thanks BT for the help in my testing challenge

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  3. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Southern Indiana Hardwood results

    Temp average 250ºF

    Ash volume ounces 14 ounces

    Ash weight onces 4.96

    Ash Percentage .379%

    Density 45.98 LBS.

    Fines volume 8 ounces

    Fines weight 5.28 ounces

    Fines Percentage .4%

    Bag Weight Bag 1 40.14 LBS
    Bag 2 41.69 LBS

    Diameter .253

    Length 3/8 to 1 1/4 inches

    Total Burn Length: 25hrs 44min
    These pellet's were donated by Nick at Southern Indiana Hardwoods. Thanks Nick for the help in my testing challenge :)

    Pretty nice pellet from SIH. I will be looking for these Nick.

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  4. opus74

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    My local retailers aren't carrying the OHPs this year.

    Menard's has Indeck and Rural King has Greenway.

    If any of those are available near you, I would enjoy seeing the results.

    Thanks !
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  5. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    No Indecks near me and I tested the Greenways last season in the bigbox test. Greenways were a good pellet IMO.
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  6. mitchinpa

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    I am trying the Agway store brand this year. Would love to see the specs on them. Havent started burning yet, so I cant tell how they compare in my stove with the Greene team's I used last year.
  7. blaster668

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    Are these Agway's in a clear bag? They are supposedly Hamer Hot Ones.
  8. jdbell

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    How are LG (red label) softwoods, anybody like these or Cleanfire (green) hard/soft blend? There going for $269.00 in southern MA
  9. mitchinpa

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    Yup, clear bag.
  10. warmncozy

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    I thought about trying some from my local Agway where I bought my Okie's , but I thought they used all different kinds of pellets that they re-bagged. Not true?
  11. blaster668

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    This may very well be true. My Agway dealer at least claims his are Hamer's. I assumed that if its the case, Hamer probably bagged them as well. All this info has NOT been verified by myself. My next ton is going to probably be Somersets or Alleghenys, because I know 100% sure what I am getting. Any suggestions between those two brands? They are the same price at the same dealer.
  12. blaster668

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    I'm really curious to see the results of your testing on the Alleghenys.
  13. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Me too! I learned from balls of fire(a member here) that the Keystones are the same just a different bag. Looks like woodpellets.com is sending me 1 bag of LG's to test out. Corey sent me an email today. So I will add them to the list. More free heat! :) hehe!
  14. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Added feature for this seasons testing is a total time of the burn. I added an hour meter to my stove that I can reset and track the time the pellets lasted. Because the test's were at a set stove setting I am going to stick with that for now. I can play the density game later!

    Hopefully this add's to the testing but doesn't cause any mucking(if you know what I mean)!

    LG's arrived from woodpellets.com today. :) UPS guy isn't to thrilled with me though. Wonder WHY???
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    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Try a few bags before buying in bulk if you can.

    I burned a few bags of these last year and though they burned hot and clean, they smelled like melted crayons to me. :-S
    Local feed store has them every year but his prices are so nutty he can keep them.
  17. gbreda

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    Thanks Tink

    Melted crayons huh? Maye Valefei mixes em with their christmas tree theme and put crayon crayon shavings in with the looney idea of colorfull flames :lol:

    Might try a few bags, but the place selling em had awfully high prices for not so great pellets last year so I'm not all that optimistic about bulk from them.
  18. jtakeman

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    Freedom Fuel results

    Temp average 229ºF

    Ash volume 20 ounces

    Ash weight 5.52 onces

    Ash Percentage .452%

    Density 44.22 LBS.

    Fines volume 7 ounces

    Fines 3.52 ounces

    Fines Percentage .28%

    Bag Weight Bag 1 39.00 LBS
    Bag 2 39.29 LBS

    Diameter .320

    Length inches 1/4 to 1 inch long

    Total Burn Length: 27 hrs 26 min

    NOTE: Found corn in the bag and you could also see it in the pellets. Just barely made the ash percentage for a Super Premium pellet.

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    Stove Chow results

    Temp average 244ºF

    Ash volume 15 ounces

    Ash weight 7.04 onces

    Ash Percentage .544%

    Density 42.37 LBS.

    Fines volume 6 ounces

    Fines 2.88 ounces

    Fines Percentage .22%

    Bag Weight Bag 1 40.54 LBS
    Bag 2 40.30 LBS

    Diameter .260"

    Length 1/4 to 1 inches

    Total Burn Length: 23 hrs 50 min

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    Allegheny results

    Temp average 256ºF

    Ash volume 8 ounces

    Ash weight 2.64 onces

    Ash Percentage .270%

    Density 44.06 LBS.

    Fines volume 4 ounces

    Fines 2.64 ounces

    Fines Percentage .21%

    Bag Weight Bag 1 39.81 LBS
    Bag 2 39.80 LBS

    Diameter .256"

    Length 1/4 to 1 inches

    Total Burn Length: 23 hrs 50 minLength

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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    LG results (these results are from 1 bag only)
    Temp average 247ºF

    Ash volume 6 ounces

    Ash weight 1.92 onces

    Ash Percentage .296%

    Density 44.29 LBS.

    Fines volume 4 ounces

    Fines 2 ounces

    Fines Percentage .31%

    Bag Weight Bag 1 40.48 LBS
    Bag 2 N/A

    Diameter .253"

    Length inches 1/8 to 1 1/8"

    Total Burn Length: 12hrs 20min

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  23. iceman

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    i dont see any numbers by your results???? is it just me? only potomac has a number?
  24. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Just preping the thread while I have some free time. The results will be a bit. I will post them as I complete them.

    I should have just put reserve for "X" in the post to limit the confusion. Sorry!
  25. geek

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    jay, will you be testing the green team from lowes this year, would be interested to know the results. They also have Nature's Own Heat.

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