I see you're sitting on 3 ton Cubex. If it makes you feel better....there are many choices out there that could have been worse. Cubex, although not the "great pellet" that it was six or seven years ago, is still a decent pellet. But yes, compared to Spruce Pointe....they are inferior. Like you said...."Live and Learn"....and its always good to try and keep doing both of those!