Cubex Pellets vs Ambiance Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by colinb93rs, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. colinb93rs

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    So I got my stove installed this year (Oct 12) Heatilator PS50 and I started out with a ton of Ambiance Pellets and they were great, very low ash content, burned nice and hot but it seemed they burned quickly. So after checking around I found a supplier of Cubex pellets that will deliever to my house for the same price as I was paying to go pickup the Ambiance. Having gone through about half a ton of the Cubex I have had multiple startup issues where it seems there is a solid mass sitting right in front of the igniter. I do the regular maintenance where I clean the burn pot and use the shop vac to clean out the rest of the stove. I would say 3 times a week I am going over the stove to keep it clean...and with the ambiance this was fine....no startup issue. Now with the cubex at least 3 times a week I am finding myself having to chip away at this mass and sit and watch until the stove fires up. And last night as it was -22C outside the house went down to 12C inside...it was chilly! Has anybody had similar issues to this? Should I switch back to the ambiance or does anybody in the Kingston area know of another good brand of pellet to try?

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  2. New Hampshire Jim

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    Kingston New Hampshire,Road Island,Jamaica?
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    Kingston Jamaica mon! Rite neer da beech, boyeeee!

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    My local Agway had Ambience hardwood and Orford softies (both by Valfei) a while back. I opted for the softies but the owner said the Ambience were quite good. After your quick review, his recommendation, and a lack of options around here, I may check em out.

    You sure they burned quickly? Sometimes a clean burning pellet will give the illusion of burning fast due to a lack of "evidence" in the burn pot. If they worked for you, and you have limited options, it might be worth giving them a second go round.
     
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    I just found another supplier of pellets that came recommended from the company who installed my stove. Mcfedders for $4.99 a bag, no discount for bulk purchase but that seems like a pretty good price by itself!. And yes I agree with your statement about the illusion of pellets burning fast, I was quite surprised how clean the Ambiance pellets burned, but they are $5.49 a bag and thats the discounted price per ton.
     
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    Pretty sure McFeeters are very good.
     
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    Like the Mcfeeters...
     
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    i have burned both Cubex and Ambiance. You are right I could not find much about Ambiance pellets. Either here or on the net. Given a choice between these two pellets I prefer Ambiance. They seem to burn cleaner than Cubex. Without taking a temperature I think they also burn hotter too. I got them from a local supplier for $249.00 per ton. Yes I had to pick them up, but they are only 30 minutes away.

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    Ambiance was in my area couple years ago, was the lowest priced at 239.....tried them didnt like em at all, cubex IMO is the best pellet out there
     
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    Burned a ton of McFeeters early winter. Good heat but MAJOR clinkers. If I cleaned the burn pot daily they were good but doubt I'll burn them again unless things change.
     
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    So I got my ton of Cubex from these guys and really can't be the price...especially since it was delievered! I assume the production of pellets is the same with just about everything else...sometimes you get a good batch and sometimes you don't. The cubex have definately left a bad taste in my mouth and currently the Ambiance is cheeper, I guess I know where im going next. They also have an LG brand which the local home hardware has for $5.49/bag...anybody ever use these ones?
     
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    I'm in the middle of a ton of Ambiance. I like them. Very low ash and moderately hot. They are well beyond typical cheapies I've burned but not up to the heat of VTs, for example. For me, they're a good average winter weather pellet - around here that's highs in the upper 20s and lows around 10. When it gets colder than that I go for the VTs. Warmer than that, like Oct. - mid Dec. and mid Mar. to the end of the season I go to the cooler pellets like FUs, Chow, etc. IMHO the Ambiance is a really good, clean pellet.
     
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    I bought 3 tons of Cubex based on reviews I had read on the forum.I thought I would save them for the cold weather and burn some cheap stuff during the shoulders.I was disapointed when I discoverd that the cheap pellets burned hotter and cleaner than the cubes. There not a bad pellet but for the price there are better options in my humble opinion.
     
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    So,,, what was the cheap stuff?
     
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    Stove Chow and Fireside.Both $209. a ton.They burn great.
     
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    Don't write off them Cubies until you try some. I just dumped in 2 bags from the ton I bought in April 2010 and they are hot as heck. Hotter than the Turmans I was burning.......
     
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    Since you like the SC & FU so much, I'll be right over to get those nasty Cubies off your hands. ==c
     
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    2011 cubes were trash, got nowhere with cubex
     
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    HA.:)I'll trade them for some of Jay's 2010 Cubes.;lol
     
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    I would say that the Cubies are on par with the Ambiance. But , the Ambiance have less ash. Just MY observations from my experience.:p
     
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    Just put the multi-fuel pot in my stove. Before that the Cubies were burning the best, now it seems to like the Ambiance a little better. Anyone try the so called "premium" pellets from Hd or Wally?
     
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