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Lignetics Energex or hammer pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by tumbles, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. tumbles

    tumbles Member

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    I have a chance to buy 2 tons of hammer 60/40, Lignetics 100% hardwood or Energex. Which are better? Which should I buy? I'm leaning towards the hamer's as I've read really good reports on these. I'm looking for your help. I have to make up my mind by tomorrow. Lets hear what you have to say. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  2. swalz

    swalz Feeling the Heat

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    I am burning Hammer Hot Ones and like them, I think they have two different plants and one does hardwood only and the other a mix of hard and soft. I had nothing but problems with the Energex so they are low on my list, never used the Lignetics.

    Edit: Hammer pellets are hardwood only; I think I have the second type since my ash tends to be on the gritty side.

    From the Hammer site;

    Mt. Hope
    The Mt. Hope operation uses a blend of different hardwoods to make a pellet that produces a light fluffy ash. Most of the ash easily blows out of the burn pot to help reduce clinkering.

    Elkins
    Our Elkins plant uses almost 100% Oak to make their pellets. These produce a heavy, gritty ash that performs best in a pellet appliance with a lot of air flow. The Elkins pellet is less that a half percent of ash year round - which some people refer to as a "ultra premium" pellet.
  3. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    May I ask where you are getting these? PM me if you would rather. Thanks ~ Jeff
  4. ajwoodman

    ajwoodman Member

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    I don't know about the other two but I have burned some Lignetics hardwood from W Virginia and they are awesome. May I ask where you are finding these pellets???
  5. Jester

    Jester New Member

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    Ive burned probably 10 bags of the lignetics. The only negative Ive got for them is they seem to get some long ones mixed in (like 4-5 inchers) and occasionally you can hear the feed aguer snap them. Never caused a bind, low ash and good heat. The bags have had almost no fines in them at the bottom either.
  6. bobswworld

    bobswworld New Member

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    I am burning Hamers hot ones also, for one reason it was pretty much what I could find here in western Virginia. And also the least expensive.
    Purchased mine from Dixie Products.
    http://www.dixieproducts.com/index.html
    Have only burned about 10 bags so far, mainly cause my bottom auger motor keeps going out. I think they have a good amount of ash as in more than I thought it would have, but burn well I guess.
  7. greeby

    greeby Member

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    I got 1 ton of Hamers Hot Ones with my stove and bought 2 more tons of Lignetics from Ace hardware here in town.

    Both burn just fine. I an seeing some longer pellets in the Lignetics as well. I can hear the auger chop them :)
  8. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    I like Energex, burn clean and hot.
  9. imacman

    imacman Guest

    I just finished burning about 20 bags of Lignetics hardwood pellets yesterday, and I have only good things to say. Small amt. of fines, burn clean & hot, no clinkers at all, and I personally never saw a 4-5 inch pellet....the longest I think I saw might have been 2 inches.

    I'm burning about 20 bags of NEWP right now to see what, if any, difference there is, and then I'm looking forward to trying some of the Lignetics softwood pellets I have. I expect good things.
  10. BubbRubb

    BubbRubb New Member

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    Never used Lignetics, but have heard plenty of good reviews about them. I absolutely love Hamer's Hot Ones. These are the pure hardwood out of their WV plant. They are the second best pellet I have used after Bald Eagle Pellets from Tyrone, PA. They are a small operation using 100% red oak from their hardwood flooring business. Burned 2 tons of Energex last year in addition to Hamer's and have 2 more tons to burn before the stock is depleted. I'd buy Energex if the price was the lowest, but otherwise go with the Hamer's or Lignetics.
  11. kbjelka

    kbjelka New Member

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    Burned about 10 bags of Lignetics and no complaints. Very little ash and no clinkers. Good thing since I have 4 tons in the basement.
  12. cantman

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    I burned 2 tons of Energex pellets last season in my Harman XXV and I was not very happy with them. They seem to have a lot of ash and made clinkers.
    I also have burned Lignetics pellets and found that they burned hot with less ash and no clickers. Lastly, I have burned LG granules in my stove and they burned hot
    with low ash but had a lot of fines in the bag.
  13. Sami

    Sami Member

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    I installed my Enviro last Feb and bought a ton of Energex.... they were great but I had nothing to compare them to. I used sever others to finish the winter but nothing compared to the heat of the Energex. Our local Agway had a sale on Hamer's Hot Ones so I bought five tons (yeah I know.... Piggy) they are the cleanest burning I have had so far but I must say with the stove on low they don't seem to generate the same level of heat.... just don't know
  14. orangecrushcj7

    orangecrushcj7 Feeling the Heat

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    So far I like my Lignetics hardwoods. Almost no ash, no clinkering. The longest pellet I have seen is 1.5", though there arent many of them like that. i have noticed that on low, the Lignetics hardwood dirty my glass a lot quicker than the Northern Lights softwoods.
  15. Marster

    Marster New Member

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    Picked up a ton of Lignetics this season. Very pleased! Burn hot, low ash and no clinkers! Will definitly burn these again.
  16. colforbin923

    colforbin923 New Member

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    I've burned about 10 tons of hammers over the last 3 seasons. I wouldn't switch to any other, burn hot and clean as well residual fly ash is noticeably less than others I have tried.
  17. tumbles

    tumbles Member

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    I just picked up my two tons of Hamers. I bumped into a guy who burned them for the last two years and had nothing but postive feedback about them. Made me feel really good about my purchase. They are definitely a lot lighter than the Athens one I got. They also seem to be a more consistent size 1/2" to 1". I wont' get my stove for a couple of weeks but I'm excited to say the least. Thank you to everyone for your psots. This newbie really appreciates it. Hope I can help out other newbies when I get a couple burning seasons under my belt. ;-)
  18. novah

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    Where did you get the Hamers?
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    coffeedogz3 New Member

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    We got some of the Lignetics over the weekend at Tractor Supply - $4.99/bag. They said that they have been out of pellets a little while, but got this shipment in just before we arrived (lucky timing for us). Last time in a month ago we were able to grab up some Somerset. The Lignetis were long pellets and we didn't know if that mattered, but they seem to work good & we seem pleased with them.
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