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  1. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    Anyone burning them?

    and my Harman says it's a multi-fuel, so I assume I can burn them.

    and I read they have a higher btu rating than pellets - upwards of 9500 btus/lb

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  2. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I also heard that you need a different exhaust pipe rated to burn them ? Not sure how true that is
  3. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    I wonder what the cost of them is VS pellets ($/btu)
  4. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    hmmm. Tempted to find some and mix them 50/50 with pellets.
  5. Lousyweather

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    also heard they are more common in "cherry country" out in the Washington State area......shipping up to New England might make them cost prohibitive....
  6. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    We have the same stove I was also tempted to try them but finding them on Long Island is tough.

    On a side note were you able to see your cleaning brush in the right heat exchange tube with a light I remember we were talking about this a week or so back?
  7. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    Cherry Pits vs Corn and Pellets
    • Dried cherry pits: 9500 BTU's/pound
    • Dried shelled corn: 8100 BTU's/pound
    • Dried wood pellets: 8000 BTU's/pound
  8. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Do not delve into the multi fuel spectrum unless you have the proper venting for it. Acids produced from the exhaust will rot out regular stainless in no time. Even plane jane corn produces acidic exhaust.
  9. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    Not looking to do it regularly, but wanting to try - mixed, of course.
  10. Lousyweather

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    yea, but whats the price per pound?
  11. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    Anyone know where to get them in Maine?
  12. Lousyweather

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  13. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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  14. Lousyweather

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    lol- no, just posted the link as the only real place I could find the pits, but then ya gots shipping.....
    and, for the record, I dont drink......!!!

    and isnt the term......"hone"......?
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  15. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    ha. touche.
  16. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    Here in Michigan you can find them from time to time for 4.00 to 4.50 a bag.

    Heat output is good, ash produced is high. They take up more storage room as well.

    I bought a couple bags last season and burned them. I can get good pellets for the same or less money without turning the inside of my stove into a snow globe. For 3.00 to 3.50 a bag I'd consider it worth the extra cleaning effort.

    YMMV
  17. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    thanks, 343.......always good to hear someone who can tell us from an informed viewpoint....so, the gist is, about the same money as local pellets, but more ash, better heat output?
  18. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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  19. moey

    moey Minister of Fire

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    they may sell them real real cheap around Traverse City..
  20. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    I didn't do anything scientific when burning them, just the 'yep, it's throwing good heat' test. I burned them in my 6041 which has 19th century heat exchanger technology, so a better stove might get more output from pits.

    I found a lot of foreign matter in the bags I burned, mostly twigs, some of which were pretty good sized, but nothing the auger couldn't have chewed up if it had to. I will say the glass stayed clean. The ash was the worst part.

    For roughly the same price per ton I can get Somersets. For less money per ton I can get a ton of pro pellet/magic spark which are my current favorite pellet. I just can't justify more mess for the same price.

    If pellet prices go through the roof like they did in years past I'd burn pits. Until then I'll stick with pellets. I am curious to see how the Fahrenheit would behave with pits. Maybe someday.
  21. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    The ones I burned were bagged in Kingsley, about 15 miles south of TC. I don't know what this years pit prices are as most fruit crops in lower Michigan were heavily damaged by frost this spring. One neighbor grows apples and the other grows apples and cherries. Both lost about 90% of their crop.
  22. mrjohneel

    mrjohneel Burning Hunk

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    I have one bag of cherry pits and have had it for a year but am unsure if I can/should run it in my Harman p35i. My manual says I can burn pellets or corn, nothing about pits.
  23. imacman

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    Burning a bag or 2 shouldn't hurt the exhaust too much, but any extended burning requires corn-rated pipe. The issue of ash is also a problem, as they produce WAY more than pellets.

    Unless you live in the Michigan area, or any other place that grows them on a large scale, they are too $$.

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