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burming wood pellets in fireplace insert

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by firewatcher, Nov 12, 2006.

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  1. firewatcher

    firewatcher New Member

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    I know this question has probably been asked before. My buddy owns a hardware store and is switching manufacturers and offered me for free 5 bags of wood pellets. Are there any cons to burning this with my wood in my fireplace insert?

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  2. Willhound

    Willhound Feeling the Heat

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    DON'T.

    OK, now that I got that out, let me explain. Pellets tend to burn hotter than the same mass of raw wood, I assume because they are compressed and have binders and wax? in them.
    There are several threads that mention this in the archives. I suppose you could throw a handful in from time to time along with your regular wood, but why bother?

    Now, would I take the 5 free bags? Absolutely. You never know what you might be able to trade them for.......course, I'm an old pack rat, at least according to my wife... :red:
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    No binders in pellets, and they won't burn too hot - the problem is usually that they will smother the fire since they are designed to burn in tiny piles. But, yes, Willhound is correct that you should not try to burn them- the result will be disappointment and mess to clean up.
  4. Willhound

    Willhound Feeling the Heat

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    Oh. Okey doke, I know that Craig has warp 10 more wood-burning knowledge, so what he says goes. Thought I saw a thread last winter tho regarding pellets burning hotter? Or was that the old style pellets? I seem to remember pellets years ago having wax or some kind of additive to help bind them and make them burn better?
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