Hello We had a couple auger jams today! See > > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/two-auger-jams-on-two-different-stoves-using-the-same-wood-pellets.95180/ I have seen people use these strainers to add pellets to their hopper from a pellet bag or hope chest. Not only does it avoid straining you back picking up 40 lbs bags but also helps keep out those auger jamming fines! Do you use one like this? What is yours like?