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Just sharing Pellet picks from year to year

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by md2002, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. md2002

    md2002 Member

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    Hello All,

    I have been burning Maine's choice Pellets for about 2 years now. I like them allot for the price. Anyway, I bought about 25 bags this year and burned those for a good month at the beginning of the season. About 2 months ago I started using the ones I bought last year. I was pretty amazed by the color difference in the 2 pellet bags. The ones I bought this year are MUCH lighter than the ones I bought last year. Amazing the difference between pellet color from year to year. I just thought I would share.
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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    More importantly for us is, which one was better? Or did they burn the same and give the same heat?
  3. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

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    It's the one major drawback with pellets, your quality is really in the hands of multiple uncontrollable variables. I'm burning lignetics green label this year and they are not what I remember from 2 yeas ago. Lots of ash and fines this year. Ok heat.
  4. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Not always the case. Many mills get fiber from the open market. But some mills use their own in house goods and they keep a better eye on it. Probably why the softwoods get rave reviews year after year. Couple other flooring companies likeTurmans are still locked in to their own fiber as well as Somersets.
  5. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Cubex too.
  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    With flooring and lumber sales sagging, Cubex is now also outsourcing fiber from what we are hearing. Scott at CTpellet with the scoop!
  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Could be, Market for lumber is still in the tubes. Unless your making pine 2x4's and sending em over to Europe.

    Let's also not forget the log to chip mills that are springing up. As long as they debark them and get a fine chip to the press we should see decent consistency!
  8. md2002

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    I didn't do any scientific testing but if I had to guess I would say last years pellets seemed hotter than this years pellets. Ash was the same though...these pellets are worth the price but they put out allot of dark ash
  9. ScotL

    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    Color can also be affected by the time of year. Most mills use a dryer to remove the moisture and it can take a lot more energy to remove moisture during the winter than it does during the summer. If that's the case, then the color should not have any impact on how they burn.

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