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Hardwood vs Softwood Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by muss, Mar 26, 2008.

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  1. muss

    muss Feeling the Heat

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    Called Home Depot down in Waterville ,Maine today <40 miles> out of curiousity for price & availability of pellets . They had both & said they were the same price . Does that seem right ? Also read somewhere, i think on here, that burning softwood was more efficient as far as output of BTU's . Correct ? Thanks guys , Muss P.S. Price there was way cheaper, bout a $1 a bag but alas, with the price of gas & a max of 1500 payload in my pick up bed makes it a wash compared to Tractor Supply

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  2. BubbRubb

    BubbRubb New Member

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    Muss,
    I saw in another thread that you are new to burning pellets. My best advice regardless of hardwood / softwood is do not buy a large quantity until you have tested the brand to see how well you like them. One person will tell you it is a good brand and someone else will come along and tell you that they burned like crap in their stove. I was one that bought 4 tons of pellets that some people love only to find that I get better results from others.
  3. Souzafone

    Souzafone Feeling the Heat

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    Don't get hung up on the hardwood/softwood aspect. You're buying by the weight, not the cord. Go with what works best for you. I tried hardwood earlier this year & wasn't overly impressed. Moisture,BTU, and ash content is more important.
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    rap69ri New Member

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    I couldn't agree more!!!
  5. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    Ditto Muss, get what works with your set up. And don't get too impressed with what you get that works well for you from one manufacturer lot to lot, pellets change even then. Buy a few bags, if it works well, go back for a pallet or two of the same lot. Although I'm partial to softwood, I like the way they smell (has nothing to do with quality, I just like pine tree smell!). Best of luck with your stove, you know where to go for the best advice anywhere, so that is a good thing.
  6. compressedwoodsupplier

    compressedwoodsupplier New Member

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    Hey Muss,
    I currently have pellets available out of my Bangor facility not sure if it would help you or not but you can call me if you have any questions 207/542-0834
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