First of all, I just want to thank everyone on this forum for their input. It's been extremely helpful. I placed my order for a Harman P61A on Columbus Day Weekend. It was finally installed on 12/6. I was hoping that it would save me some money compared to using oil to heat my 2300 sq ft home. I never knew it would turn to an obsession. Anyways, I've been on the hunt for wood pellets. I bought 1 ton NEWP in October. After discovering this forum and reading various threads, I wanted to try other pellets. See sig for the pellets I've purchased so far. Here's my question: Do hardwood pellets cause more wear and tear on the stove? Should I be using softwood pellets only? The reason I asked is because I purchased Oakies. The dealer said that hardwood pellets could cause things to break in the stove. Oakies have been the most expensive I bought so far. $293 per ton. Another question: When's the best time to purchase pellets? If I purchase in the spring, will "crappy" pellets be the only pellet to choose from? Any insight would be appreciated.