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Fireside Ultra Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by MainePellethead, Jan 10, 2008.

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  1. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    "gw2kpro" posted pellet prices recently of Fireside Ultra...but didnt post how they burn. I think someone else said they burned well for them. Can anyone give an experience if these burn good or not?

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  2. gw2kpro

    gw2kpro New Member

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    My stove is here and getting installed today. I'll post how they do in a few days.
  3. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    k...thanks....appreciate it.
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    gw2kpro New Member

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    I've burned through about 4 bags by now, they burn hot and I'm surprised at how little ash buildup they make, after 4 bags I barely have anough ash to cover the bottom of my ash pan. My glass is sooting up some but I don't know if that is normal or not. I'd recommend them.
  5. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    This is one of the brands I have been trying out this season
    in search of a favorite. They do burn hot! They create alot
    more ash and clinkers in my XXV than the other brands I am using
    and they dirty up the glass much faster as well.
    Not a big deal for me tho as I scrape the burnpot atleast once a day anyhow.
  6. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    I think there a lil dirty in my experience.....but love the heat they give....and as gw said....they leave very little in my burnpot as well.....I have had absolutely no clinkers with these pellets after almost 3 bags. I have cleaned out every day though since install. I prefer to do daily than to wait. Last night was 20 here in southern Maine(coldest night since the install).....and it did well.....further rooms were a lil chilled but I didnt have the stove cranked either....had it on low.
  7. davevassar

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    I was given 4 bags of these to try and I was surprized at the amount of heat they give off. I went to Home Depot this morning and bought 10 bags. I'll post later this week after burning more bags. It's supposed to get colder here this week as well, I'll let you know how they hold up.
  8. Deed

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    I'm nto twenty plus bags good heat, average ash in the pan.
  9. davevassar

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    Overnight low here of 28 degrees. The house didn't go below 71. When I went to bed around 10, it was 73 in the house and 35 outside. Something woke me up at 4, it was 28 outside and 71 in the hoouse.

    So far, I like them. I'm cleaning the stove tonight. I'll post as to if there were any clinkers etc.

    I did notice:

    Versus Barefoot, these seem much cleaner. No ashes stuck to the heat exchanger like with Barefoot.

    Versus LG: Much more heat.

    Versus Eagle Valley. More heat, seem cleaner than Eagle Valley. again, less ash stuck to the exchanger.
  10. sparkydog00

    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    Are these just another clever bag design of our friends at Energex?
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    not so sure about that because the energex pellets i have burn like garbage. i buned 2 bags of the fireside pellets and they burned great, no klinkers
  12. davevassar

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    I cleaned my stove last night, here are my findings:

    Last time I cleaned my stove was Friday afternoon, and started burning the Fireside Ultras Friday evening.
    The stove ran 24 hours a day, all Fireside pellets.
    No clinkers
    average ash

    To me, the stove wasn't as dirty as it has been running other pellets. I'll be buying more, as they throw great heat, and don't seem as dirty as other pellets.

    Also, they are different from Energex. I have tried Energex, and they didn't produce anywhere near the amount of heat that the Fireside pellts produce.
  13. sparkydog00

    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    Okay
    But I still believe they are milled in the same mill as the Energex...just not in those silly green bags.
  14. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    just a note on the energex brand, they make 2 types of pellets: premium grade hardwood (for residential) and commercial grade (for pellet fired boilers ) the commercial grade are high ash >3% ash content im not sure how they mark the different grades , so make sure the energex you are getting arent the high ash commercial grade as they truly arent meant for residential units built for premium grade pellet usage.

    as for the fireside ultra , many home depot stores carry that brand and i have gotten very good reviews on them for the most part from customers i have who have burned them. i however have not had access to them to try myself so i can only give a second hand indorsement.
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    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    Energex makes alot of different pellets that is for sure.
    But while we are discussing the Home Depot pellets I have a few observations.
    When I first got into pellets HD was carrying Stove Chow.
    What crappy pellets those were. Smelled much like pencil shavings. With little or no heat output and lots of fines.
    They then started carrying Eureka brand. I had used that brand from a reputable dealer before and was impressed with heat output and general lack of clinkers. But to my dismay the Eureka pellets that HD was selling smelled terrible. (u reek-a)
    The smell was so bad that you wouldn't want to keep a bag open anywhere your living area. Since my stove lives in the living room...this was a problem. I think that HD was buying old pellets that were stored too long with some other stinky product. The best was to describe the smell was musty or guano. Anyway they seemed to get the Fireside Ultra a couple of years ago and have seen this in the stores ever since.
    If anybody knows what causes pellets to get that nasty smell...please tell us what cause it.
    The fireside pellets don't seem to have the nasty smell...but they do have much more fines in the bags then the fresh NE pellets (2 tons this year) .I bought 3 tons of Fireside last year from HD. I still think HD stores the pellets at the end of the year rather then fire selling them as most stores do. So if you get HD pellets remember that...Buyer beware.
  16. krooser

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    So far the Ultras have been the best pellet I've found...but they are pretty pricey here in WI. I'd highly recommend them...

    The manufactuere is listed as Kentucky Komfort in the local store literature...
  17. MainePellethead

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    The fireside ultras burn VERY well for me....so far I have burned 5 bags into a ton of it and each bag had maybe a 1/4 cup of fines in them maybe less. But they burn nice and hot for me. The manufacturer listed on the bags at my local Home Depot where I bought them say: The Premier Pellet Corporation Montreal Quebec.
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    most of the customers i talk to (bear in mind we sell nationwide through home depot , so a lot of customers of mine burn them) i have gotten overall very satisfactory reviews. occasionally you get a bad review, but you dunno what brought that on , bad bags from being wet, or simply a customer who isnt maintaining as well as he should, but the percentage of bad reviews is very low, i've not burned them myself so all i have is what my customers tell me, relying only on that i guess they should be a good pellet as apparant by the ratio of good reviews v/s bad if i could get some locally i'd try , but its 30 minutes to go to depot , and tractor supply and lowes ( who do not carry them) are both on my way home. one day i might just ride over to the depot and see if thats what they have , if so i'll grab some bags and do a quickie review on my own and post results
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    I have to hand it to Home depot very fair prices for the height of the season

    I live in naugatuck connecticut and they sell them by the bag for 4.70 which is 235 a ton. We have a few dealers in the area and they are up to 280 a ton right now plus delivery I have burned 20 bags and they do burn well
  20. BIGISLANDHIKERS

    BIGISLANDHIKERS Feeling the Heat

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    We have it good here in mid-mich. HD is usually 3.49 per bag. Last night they had a different brand on the floor for 3.17 per bag.
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    I am into about 30 bags usage no problems burns hot ,minimum ash.
  22. MainePellethead

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    I agree....I love these pellets. I bought about 15 bags of Green Team recently and I've burned about 2 bags so far and not that impressed.....the heat is good.....but very small pellets and alot of fines. I have about a ton and a half of fireside ultras...gonna burn up the green teams I have and go back to the FU's
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    Went to HD to try a few bags of the Fireside Ultras. They dropped the price per ton to $179, so I ended up buying a whole ton instead. Never tried them, but this thread sounds pretty positive, so I took a gamble. I'll let you know how they burn in my stove in a few days.

    They are definitely shorter pellets. The Somerset I burned were short like these and they burned really hot. How much difference do you guys think the pellet length makes in regards to heat output. My Dad and I had a discussion about this and his beleif is that the size cannot make a huge difference. I think it could...
  24. coachmen98

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    wow 179 a ton

    I am calling my HD today

    The closest I can find to that price is Naragansett for 220 a ton

    thats incredible
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