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  1. countk

    countk Feeling the Heat

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    I responded to an add on Craigslist to go in on a truckload of Pellets, for North of Boston. The brand is Eden and I did search this site and most people said they burned hot, but were dusty, and some had concerns that they were being manufactured with some plastic in them. At any rate, there was no talk of them for this season and I was wondering if anyone has burned them this past winter.

    Also in my search it looked like Jay was going to test them, but never found out if he did, or Macman for that matter. I will be able to pick up a few bags, but am concerned with the content of the pellets.

    Price will be $245 a ton. Let me know what you all think. Thanks!

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  2. pelletdude

    pelletdude Feeling the Heat

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    When we sold them last year they were 225/ton. Looked like they were made from MDF board material. Not very hot, lots of ash, not much dust.
  3. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    Doesn't MDF have glue in it?
  4. countk

    countk Feeling the Heat

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    I started burning a bag last night and woke up this morning to some incredible heat. I only had the stove on setting 1, and the flame was quite a bit higher than usual for any other pellet brands I've burned. Makes me wonder a little if there isn't something foreign in these pellets? If not, I will definitely be going in on the truckload!
  5. rparker

    rparker Feeling the Heat

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    MDF is generally made by adding wax and resins to wood fibers and compressing them to form a sheet. The issue is the resins, usually formaldehyde.
    The wax and resins are probably what is creating the higher flame, heat.
  6. countk

    countk Feeling the Heat

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    So how dangerous is formaldehyde and wouldn't a manufacturer be in trouble if it wasn't safe in the amounts they may be using to manufacture pellets? I know it is used in shampoos and other beauty products.
  7. rparker

    rparker Feeling the Heat

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    Probably no more dangerous than some of the other "stuff" some companies grind up for pellets.
  8. turbulator

    turbulator Member

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    I just got 22 tons in... Over the last 2 years the folks purchasing them off me have been happy with them and have said that they burn hot. I burn them and can confirm that they do burn hot, although some bags are dusty. FWIW.
  9. Lower bucks

    Lower bucks New Member

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    If your kids start getting a red or green glow discontinue burning those pellets otherwise carry on regardless.
  10. fmsm

    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    Hair falling out might be a deal breaker too.
  11. Lower bucks

    Lower bucks New Member

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    Kids have now given up California Tans and now lie in front of pellet stove
  12. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    Resin binders contain formaldehyde. They off-gas VOCs from furniture and cabinetry made with MDF (almost all newer stuff). MDF manufacturer's are currently trying to find resins that produce less VOCs (California prop 65 and EPA). Article goes over current binders (chemicals & health hazards) and new ones under development.
    http://www.healthybuilding.net/healthcare/2008-04-10_alt_resin_binders_particleboard.pdf

    While burning will exhaust these out of the house, don't think I'd store those pellets indoors.:p Not sure if mild warming in the hopper would promote release of VOCs while waiting to be burned.

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