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I bought pellets prior to my stove being installed

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mikeb3383, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. mikeb3383

    mikeb3383 New Member

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    Up until a week ago I was not sure if I was going to get a bew wood stove or a pellet stove. Obviously I chose a pellet stove. My p68 should be installed by the end of October. After reading the forums you guys taught me the best bang for your buck is somerset pellets. I called a couple of lowes and I was able to purchase there last ton of somersets!!!!!
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    mikeb3383 New Member

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  3. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    The P-68 will burn anything. Personally, I don't spend the extra $$$ on costly pellets. The Harman's are designed to burn lower quality pellets.
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    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    i'd think that they'd fall over stacked like that ?

    Welcome
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  5. mikeb3383

    mikeb3383 New Member

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    I have to get a bigger pallet so I can correctly stack them. I have thrm stored in my boiler room. I also have a dehumidifier on to keep the humidity in check
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    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    I think he was talking about the pic, it's sideways.
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    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Mike, it helps to put your location in you avatar. Gives people an idea as to what pellets might be available in your area, etc.
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't worry about the sets, They are a very popular pellet here. Many of us would jump through hoop's to get some! :cool:
  9. brokenknee

    brokenknee Burning Hunk

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    I also just got a P68, did a self install, had a few smoke issues because of the install but thanks to the folks on this forum I have them resolved now. I have burned about four bags so far of the cheap pellets I got from Menards and they seem to burn just fine; but then again I am new to pellet burning so I have nothing to compare them to.
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    mikeb3383 New Member

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    I wanted to do a self install but my home insurance company wants it to be "professionally" installed.
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    brokenknee Burning Hunk

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    My insurance didn't care, all he said was as long as I follow all manufacture recommendations. I will also be installing my wood stove once I get a little further along on my addition.

    I do have to have him out to inspect once I get everything done.
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    brokenknee Burning Hunk

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    20130928_134918.jpg Now they won't fall over. :)
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    bill3rail Feeling the Heat

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    Are you available to re-stack my pellets?

    Bill
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    well good for you, I wish they had them in my area, where are you located??? congrats!!!
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    Good start! Just bare in mind you will need another heat source, or ALOT more pellets.
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    I'm located in Putnam County NY. I am looking to get another 3 tons of somersets. But they sell out the same day they get a ddelivery
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    o ok,well at least you were able to get what you did, some of can't even get one bag :(:(:( enjoy the heat!!!!!
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    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    While the Harman line will burn anything I prefer to spend the extra few bucks and have a hotter cleaner pellet than some of the crap (green supremes, NEWP, infernos, etc) that is out there. That being said I would definitely pick up a few tons of Somersets given the opportunity. Fireside Ultras are a decent shoulder pellet but are clinker city for my Harman!
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    I really hope somersets reputation for being a good pellet holds up. I just ordered three more tons of somerset today. They will be delivered on Tuesday. I am still waiting for my pellet stove to be installed. I am really looking forward to winter this year. I have a 2700 sq ft raised ranch. The first year my wife and myself had the house we kept the thermostat at 74 degrees. We spent $6000 on oil that year. Last year we kept the thermostat at 60 degrees and used the wood stove when we were home. We spent $3800 on oil last year. This year we will be using the pellet stove to heat the majority of our main floor. What kills us is our living room and dining room which has a cathederal ceiling peeking to 14 feet. We have a ceiling fan to help circulate the heat. We will be putting the stove in this room. My neighbor has the same house as us and also uses a p68. He burns 4 tons of green supreme pellets a year. His living room will be 75 degrees and the bedroom in the back of the house is 65 degrees with no assistance. My plan is to use a box fan to push more heat towards the bedrooms. Hopefully we will save alot of money burning pellets instead of oil.
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    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    My house is about 5000 sqft. And I got a Harman Accentra insert last year and installed it in a room with 15' cathedral ceilings. While it will not heat my entire house it will absolutely heat my lower level. So much so that I turn the thermostat off completely in the down stairs. Unfortunately I still need to run the oil for heat upstairs and hot water, but I just topped off the oil tank last week to be sure and only needed half a tank. It may not sound like a lot, but I have a 1,000 gallon tank and was filling this twice a year. At the rate I am going I only use a half a tank every 8 months or so after the stove was installed. My ultimate goal is to install a P68 on the opposite side of the house to work with the Accentra. Just gotta convince the wife now! One thing I did learn is that the proper pellets will make the difference. You get what you pay for. A lot of the guys on here will say the Harman will burn any and everything, and while that is true I found that you get better heat from the better pellets which in turn will cause you to not have to overwork your stove for the heat you are looking for. Anyway good luck!
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    Here is a lay out of my house. My original plan was to put the stove in the middle of my gable wall in the living room . But there is a steel column there. If we were to have it installed there ther stove woukd stick out into the middle of the room. We are keeping the wood stove incase we lose power.
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    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    If you went with a pellet boiler instead of a P68, you could heat your whole house and your hot water with pellets and use no oil at all.
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    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah I know. I tried that avenue but the wife wasn't having it. Doesn't really trust that technology that much yet. I would love to go that route, but the biggest issue was who will install and maintain it? Don't know of anybody in my area that I could get to install and maintain.
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    +10 to this. I think Subsailor is right, Harmans burn everything. Just in reading this forum its clear that people will always have their favorites as well as brands they dislike and will never touch. To the original poster, I will give you the same great advice that I got last year from other folks here - try several bags of a bunch of different brands this winter and judge for yourself. All you need is some cash, some time, and if you want to measure output temps - a good digital thermometer. I have a nice one from Auberins that I used to use for my wood stove, and it doesn't lie, which is why I burn what others consider to be "crap". Maybe you'll find something cheaper that's just as good in your stove as Somersets, and save some $. I burn what I burn because they're on par with all the other pellet brands I tried when it comes to ash and heat output for my setup, but every setup is different. They are also local and I'm supporting some local guys jobs which is a plus. My dealer - who is also local - gives me a good price in May. Part of pellet burning for me is ease and convenience because I'm getting older and probably lazier, which is one reason I stopped scrounging around for all the free firewood I could find and switched to pellets.
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    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    The install is definitely not a do-it-yourself project, unless you're in that business. But you could maintain it. It needs to be cleaned like other pellet stoves but less often.
    I don't know if the Kedel is available in your area, but there's lots of information out there on the Harman PB105 and there's a few other models too.
    The boilers are built like tanks - probably because they are tanks, water tanks - and safety shouldn't be an issue. I know I really like my boiler and am happy I went that way.
    Sorry to mikeb for hijacking your thread.

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