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Favorite brand pellets/ worst brand pellets?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by CD2011, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    Best

    Okies
    Warm Front

    Worst

    Michigans

    (I'd put Inferno here but at least those burn. Michigans in my stove we like roasting wet socks over a refigerator coil with bricks as clinker) :)

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  2. HopeItBurns

    HopeItBurns Member

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    Best: Somersets Pellets

    Junk: Maeder brothers turds

    Not so good: Pennywise and Michigan turds
  3. coobie

    coobie Member

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    (Favorite) uncle jeds,somersets(junk)pro pellets
  4. CD2011

    CD2011 Member

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    Wow, there sure are a lot of different brands of pellets out there...

    The heavy favorites are: Somersets and Okies
    Other top choices are: barefoot, blazer pellet, green team, hardwood heat, lignetics, spruce pointes and turmans

    getting good reviews also: corinth, cubex, green supreme, hamer hot ones, LG's, uncle jed's vermont wood.

    Inferno gets the most nods for worst pellet.

    Others with bad reviews: Juaniata, Michigan, Nature's choice, New England, Pennywise, Curran renewable hard, and eco flame.
  5. vettechick

    vettechick Member

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    First choice- Turman
    Second choice- sell the stove and tell my hubby to go split some firewood!
  6. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    dude. leave some pellets for the rest of us. hahaha!

    nice stash.
  7. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Spruce Pointes, Northern, and Mcfeeters are great. Will not burn Green Supremes, Greene team, or MWP blend.
  8. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Favorites: High heat/ Low Ash - Okies, Vermonts, Cleanfire Softwood (Pacific) LG's, Hamers, Blazers, Spruce Pointe, Cubex ----- Shoulder Pellets - Medium Heat/ More Ash - NEWP, Green Team, Green Supreme, Lignetics, Energex, Stove Chow -----------Very bad Pelelts - WOULD NOT BUY - Inferno, Bayou, TreeCycle, Michigan's, Corinths
  9. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    Must be my stove but I can't really say I see a huge differance. Uncle Jeds may burn hotter than Pennywise but when you figure in the cost per BTU it's a push. I have a big ash pan I dump once a week so that's not an issue. I have tried about 10 different pellet brands and they all burn fine without adjusting the stove much at all. I admit I've never tried Infernos (maybe they're not sold in WI) and after reading this I don't think I will.
  10. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Neil its cause you got a multi fueler. They burn junk easier than a pellet only stove.

    Oh and your right you won't find Infernos here.
  11. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    best- Turman, Okies, maine softwood
    good- New England, Maine hardwood, Geneva, Great American

    alot left out, as there's alot I havent personally used..........
  12. RiddleMasterMorgon

    RiddleMasterMorgon Member

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    Best ever had: Barefoots
    Worst ever had: Instant Heat
    Biggest dissapointment (low heat/high price): New England Wood Plettes
    Biggest positive surprise (high heat/lower price): Natures Heat - Pennington (Walmart)
  13. RKS130

    RKS130 Feeling the Heat

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    On balance the Green Supremes were best, given the price clean burn and uniform short pellets. I don't recall what I paid last year but just picked up 3 tons at $209/ton at the local Home Depot.

    Worst was Pennington, as the pellets were very long BUT the company refunded the full cost, no questions asked, and I kept the pellets to break up and burn.

    I thought Cubex were over rated, for the price.
  14. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    From best to worst:
    MWP Softwood
    CleanFire Pacific Softwood
    Okanagan Softwood
    LG Softwood
    Maine Choice Blend
    CleanFire Hardwood

    By a MILE the worst pellet I ever bought and used was MWP Hardwood Blend.
  15. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i will follow you all over this forum, sinnian LOL.

    i like the blend. they definitely have the widest range of opinions held about them of any pellet discussed on this forum. some swear by them. some detest them.
    as with all pellets, buy a bag or two before you buy a ton or two.
  16. RKS130

    RKS130 Feeling the Heat

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    Best overall were Green Supreme. Very clean burn in my stove with very good heat at a low end (for around here) price. Cubex were a disappointment, given all the hype. Pennington was worst, due to excessive pellet length, BUT, company refunded my money with no problems, and I kept the pellets for my kids to break up and then we burned them.
  17. dhungy

    dhungy Feeling the Heat

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    Best-- barefoot, dry creek
    worst- freedom fuel, instant heat
  18. Augmister

    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    Best Pellet: Barefoot and Somerset Middle ground: Green Team and Fireside Ultra Worst: MWP Two years ago, I scored 2+ tons of Somersets in February for $209 and wish they would bring them back to Southern New England. What a deal. Saved the Somersets and 1.5 tons of Barefoot last year due to the mild winter and burned Fireside Ultra from Home Depot and Green Team from Lowes for $209/ton. Sitting on 5+ tons and would only buy a class A pellet at a low price if one was out there. Will look to reload in Feb 2013.
  19. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i believe mwp changed ownership since the time you mention.
  20. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    I bought 2 ton MWP softies on your post, really hope you are right.
  21. The Maniac

    The Maniac Member

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    Newbie love the forum I just bought 3 tons of MWP softies and a ton of MWP blend but that said any pellet that keeps you warm is a great pellet better than buying oil !:p
  22. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    MWP has been owned by the same people since day one.

    They changed their blend ratios and dies and are now also doing a 100% softwood pellet.

    IIRC the blend is now 65% hardwood 35% softwood they started at 80% hardwood 20% softwood back in 2008.
  23. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    My local HD had MWP for 188 a ton this weekend....too bad I was there with the wife buying a refrigerator.....
  24. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    ah yes. still the Linkletters as i check google.
    though i had heard that changed.
    thanks for the clarification :)

    i still don't think the blend sucks at all.
    it's very hard for me to reconcile people saying it's the worst thing they've even burned with my experience last year. and with so many other people here having a good opinion of them.
    kept me warm all year in a leaky house (since wrapped, sided and further insulated)in north central maine and i burnt a similar amount as folks in the same area as me ( from their posts here)

    no clinkers at all.

    the change in blend ratio must have something to do with this discrepancy in experiences.
  25. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    Bad batches is the most likely culprit. That said, that is also TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!

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