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Just picked up 3 tons of Forest Fuel for 300.00

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Mr Whitfield, Nov 28, 2007.

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  1. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

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    Just picked up 3 tons of Forest Fuel pellets for 300.00 . Is this a good deal, I was reading that some people did not like them, but for 2.00 a bag I could not pass on them. What do you think.. Would you have bought them for that price????

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  2. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Whats in them??
  3. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Are they premium pellets?

    Geeze..wish I could find them at that price around here.
  4. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

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    The bag is marked premuin
  5. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    tinkabranc keep wishing. Our prices for pellets are always going
    to be higher than in California. Check pelletsales.com for better
    prices than you can get locally.
  6. johnnywarm

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    Premium What?? is it all kinds of wood and bark??
  7. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

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    The bag info Bear Mountain Forest Product. These pellet were from a private party.
  8. Shane

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    "Premium" refers to a standard set forth by the Pellet Fuels Institute. It has to do with the amount of ash content, size etc. of pellets. To be considered Premium pellets the manufacturer has to meet these standards.

    Mr. Whitfield, that is one heck of a buy. Honestly I think that any pellets that are "premium" pellets are decent. I've noticed that pellets are almost like beer, everyone has their favorite. Mine are Heartland pellets and Labatt Blue. :)
  9. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    I know what you mean Zeta, I have not tried pelletsales yet as I found out
    about them after I already purchased my supply for this winter.
    They do seem to be a lot cheaper than the locals around here.
    I got my pellets in August at a very good price, but plan to shop around even
    earlier next year.
  10. stayingwarm

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    Forest Fuel are the worst. Take them back. You didn't get a deal. Just try 1 bag. Lots and lots and lots of ash, sizing of pellets is terrible, dirties up window with just 1 bag. Lots of smoke, poor heat.
  11. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

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    I used one bag last night, I normally use Blazer Brand (Home Depot ). Yes I noticed a like more ash, but the heat was find. I will check the stove tonight, but for the price I can live with
    a little more ash.
  12. Jims

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    I purchased 5 bags from the local Lowes here in Portland, OR. I returned 4 bags to Lowes. But I paid $4.19 per bag, so they were not a bargain. The clerk told me they had several complaints, maybe that is why they lowered the price.

    They have the Bear Mountain Label, which I've heard good things about, so I assumed they were good pellets. The one bag I burned had so many clickers that I had to clean the burn pot 3 times just to burn the one bag. All of the bags had small holes and the pellets had a strange odor, so maybe they picked up some moisture?

    I sent email to the local Bear Mountain office here in Oregon to ask what the deal was? They replied that during last years shortage they relabeled pellets from Canada (to "help out their customer"). They said they were pine pellets. So these pellets are left overs from last season, maybe the quality depends on how well they have been stored for the past several months?

    Concerning the Premium label, the bag does not have the PFI certification label or claim to meet PFI standards. It is my understanding there is no way to enforce labels that claim "Premium" pellets, so any manufacture can claim their pellets are Premium pellets. Am I wrong?
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    FYI, Bear Mountain also wrote in their email that the Forest Fuel pellets provided 8200 BTUs, compared to the 8600 BTUs provided by Bear Mountain's "Premium Plus" 100% Douglas Fir pellets.
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    Breakwell told me today they like the Douglas fur pellets best
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    Where in Norcal are you located? Does the private party have any more?

    ;)
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    Does bear mountain have a web site for the Dfur?
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    Yes, the URL is: http://www.bmfp.com.

    After I returned the Forest Fuel pellets I purchased 5 bags of "Bear Mountain Premium Plus" Pellets from a local lumber yard. They burned extremely clean. Bear Mountain claims their ash content is .25% (1/4 percent) or less. But I don't know if they sell pellets beyond the west coast area.
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    Can you tell us who makes these poor quality pellets?
    Thomas
  19. Jims

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    I am not sure who you directed the question to, but they are labeled Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain wrote that they come from Canada, but did not provide a name of the manufacture. I suspect that quality was less of an issue during last winters shortage, but I could be wrong since I just recently purchased a pellet stove.
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    They sound closer to a standard brand pellet than premium. Some stoves will burn them ok, others will not. All will get more clinkers and ash. If your stove handles them ok and you don't feel like the cleaning load is a burden, enjoy the cheap heat.
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    No they are horrible......

    Promptly drop them off at my house!!!! :p

    Congrats on the score!
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    I think the person who sold me the pellet did not like them and did not want to return them. I know they got them at Lowes, I call Lowes, talked to a store manager, They gave me a store credit. They had two brands 1. Firemaster from B.C. Canada 2. Green Tree from AZ. Which one should I buy, the sale person in the store said the Firemaster was a better pellet. I need everyones help on this one which brand should I buy with my store credit...
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    I've burned the firemaster pellets.....they burned fine.....nothing noticeable.

    Forest Fuel also burned fine when I burned it last year.........

    I would just burn the Forest Fuel unless they are going to trade you bag for bag or your stove has a problem with it.
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    They are giving me a credit price of 4.38 per bag, this price was based on the ton price. Firemaster is 4.31 per bag in the ton price, 4.78 per bag. I'm making 7 cents per bag. .07 x 150 = 10.50 . It's alot of work, I picked up two truck loads. I stored 75 bags in the garage, Had to reload the truck and drive to Lowes. The deal I made with the manager was I had to stack them on a pallet. One pallet 50 bags, one pallet 25. So when I'm all done I will have loaded and unloaded 675 bag... Was it worth it, I think so, I will not have to buy pellets for the next 2 years. I use 2 tons a winter... I had bought 3 ton from HD WOW Blazers, so now I have 6 tons.
    Sorry TMI (Too Much Info)
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    Yikes. I think I would have just burned them, although I am not particularly lazy.

    My back, however, would have given up after bag 300 or so...
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