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  1. jmlarson

    jmlarson New Member

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    Does anyone in central PA burn cherry pits. i have a quad mt vernon AE...runs like a dream and heats even better. Was going to try and burn pits. We have local dealer here that sells them but wanted to get some more pricing. Gotta love competition.

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  2. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Just curious - how much are the pits?
  3. jmlarson

    jmlarson New Member

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    they are selling for 150.00 a ton. vs. 190.00 a ton for pellets. Pits come in one big 1 ton container though. need to store...vs. pellets in the standard 40 lb. bags.
  4. mgambuzza

    mgambuzza Member

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    Can anyone out there who are using Cherry Pits comment on the formation of clinkers - especially if they're using a Quadrafire Castile? Also - what is the BTU difference between Cherry Pits and wood pellets (I know they're about 8500- 9600BTUs). That seems to be a dynamite price if all factors are in the positive.
  5. moralleper

    moralleper New Member

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    I would not burn cherry pits unless your stove is a biomass stove. if you do a search on filbert shells on the forum you should be able to find one that I posted a while back and mountainstoveguy responded about it.

    edit - i did the search for the thread, http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/6697/
  6. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    you CAN control feed rate to cumbustion air ratio on a Harmon stove.
  7. jmlarson

    jmlarson New Member

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    Burning the latest and greatest Mt Vernon AE here.
  8. jmlarson

    jmlarson New Member

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    Well....i picked up 1 ton of those cherry pits on thursday night. WOW...what a mistake that was. they burn like crap. they come in a large bag that you need to seperate them from and store. the bag was wet. the pits were a mix of wet and dry depending were they where in the bag. some have a moldy, musty smell to them. i am mixing them with pellets at about 80 pits/20 pellets. not putting off much heat though. going to pick up some pellets to mix a higher ratio i believe. any imput or thoughts on this matter.
  9. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    did the dealer specify that these were for burning? if he did, get him to come pick them up & give you your money back. Just like if you bought wet pellets
  10. jmlarson

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    Well here is the update. Waited a week and after very little dry out I took a small bag into the dealer. He gave me 35 bags of Wood Pellets. At 4.28 a bag that equals the price of the cherry pits. Makes me alittle happier. Almost 3/4 of a ton. I am not burning the pits and pellets at a 50/50 mix or close to it. Burning good now.
  11. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    You are or are not mixing them in the pellets? Just curious
  12. jmlarson

    jmlarson New Member

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    i am mixing them at this time. buring good but not like i would like.
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