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Cheat River Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Trophy_67, Oct 16, 2011.

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  1. Trophy_67

    Trophy_67 Guest

    Just want to post a review.
    I have 5 tons stacked for the season and the last ton being "Cheat River" brand.
    I purchase through the summer months and have my regular bunch of Somersets (4 ton)and wanted to top off the lot for the season and my son bought these so figured I would try them out at $190/ton at my local tractor supply for the shoulder season of Oct/Nov.
    It has been cold and wet lately here in central PA and been testing the new pellets with very good success, low ash & pretty darn good heat at the lower settings but there are some longer than normal pellets in the bags that some stoves may have problems with but my single auger Englander has had no issues digesting them....my son has the dual auger little Englander and he also has no problems so far with the longer pellets.
    I havent had freezing temps yet but with my 120 lb. hopper Englander set on 1 & 3 ...she will roast us out in a short order so I guess what I am saying is that these new to market pellets arent crap and are worth trying out for there price.
    just my 2 pennies.

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

    Dec 30, 2008
    Northwestern CT.
    Thanks for sharing your 2 pennies! :) I will definitely be looking for these since they sound pretty good. :coolsmile:
  3. pellethunter

    pellethunter New Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    Western MA.
    I tried a few bags of Cheat River, I too found some extra long ones also quite a few fines. Heat was average at best and ash a little more than average.
  4. Hitch

    Hitch Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    S.E. Pennsylvania
    I picked up several bags of these from Lowe's. So far this Fall, I have burnt Great Americans, North Americans, American Wood Fibers, Cheat Rivers, and Hardwood Heats. Definitely liked the Hardwood Heats the best, which is great because I bought a ton of them. :)

    Of the rest, I would have to say that I like the Cheat Rivers the best. My stove hasn't had any issue with long pellets (and I haven't noticed any either). Happy with the heat, ash level, etc. The ash certainly clumps less on the Cheats than the Great Americans and North Americans. I hope to find a few more bags of these before the price goes up at the local Lowes (still at $3.94/bag). I know they have the North Americans, I will have to hunt for the Cheats.
  5. driftbuster

    driftbuster Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    sw Pa
    I burned 4 bags of Cheat River and i'm pretty happy with them. The heat seems real good, not many fines, despite being bagged loosely. The size does vary but nothing over 1.5'' so it's not an issue, and the ash was average.
  6. GrahamInVa

    GrahamInVa Minister of Fire

    Jun 14, 2011
    Eastern, Virginia
    I burned two bags of them last week. Heat output was comparable to many others. I'd buy them if they were less than $200/ton.
  7. Winslow2010

    Winslow2010 New Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    West Virginia
    I just cleaned out my stove in anticipation of some cold nights. I burned several bags of Cheat River. There was low ash and it was very fine! My burn pot also had almost no clinkers. They get a thumbs up from me so buy a bunch and help the West Virginia economy!
  8. rideboard147

    rideboard147 Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    Weatherford Texas (DFW)
    I just bought two bags of cheat to try out. They were $5.97 a bag here so until they go down I wont be buying anymore. I am sure they will go on sale in Feb. I cant wait to see how they do!
  9. JHASS

    JHASS Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Jersey Pines
    I had picked up 5 bags of the Cheat River pellets in November to test and they burnt
    well, decent heat and ash so I went and purchased a ton to fill my stash. This ton is probably
    the worst pellet that I have ever burnt, I have never had a clinker in my stove even when burning
    corn but I actually have to burn these on the multi-fuel setting or the ash just clinks up faster than
    the auger can turn. This was a fresh pallet and does not appear to have been wet. All I can do now
    is mix them with the remaining AWF's as I don't want to soil my Greene Teams or Somersets with them.
  10. mccabedoug

    mccabedoug Member

    Nov 12, 2008
    Central MA
    I bought 6 tons of these last fall for $195 / ton and have been burning them since November 1. My Harman p61A likes them just fine. Ash content is low. Not too many fines or dust and the longer lengths don't appear to be a problem for my stove. Real happy with these pellets for the price I paid.
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