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Maine's Choice Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by malibuman00, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. nhdblfan

    nhdblfan Member

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    Hope they get back up and running for next season as well.My 3 neighbors and I bought 12 tons all together of Maines Choice ,all seem to like them. I used the NEWP last season and they seem to burn as well or better at the same amount of ash.Also good to have the compitition,goodness knows they need it !

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  2. BJN644

    BJN644 Feeling the Heat

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    The good news is yes, they are rebuilding, I drove by a month or so ago and saw the construction going on. I thought I read some where that they hoped to be back on line in a month or two? I agree Okies are nice pellets, but for they cost of them I will support my home state and put up with a little more ash. Remember, this was the Strong's plant first run of pellets, I'm sure they will be tweeking them and they will only get better.
  3. sailordennis

    sailordennis Member

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    Just started on the second ton. Burn is hot but a bit more ash than the green team I burned last year. I agree that the ash seems heavier and there is less fly ash than other brands I have tried. This could be the difference in ash buildup. I would buy more for next year if I can find them at a good price.
  4. bosclo

    bosclo New Member

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    I've been burning since 07. I tried Maine's Choice last year and they seemed OK, good heat not a lot of ash. I bought a ton of them this year ( 2011 )and they were the worst pellet I have ever used. Low heat, and lots of ash. I will never buy again!! Go Greene Team!
  5. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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    My first batch this year were great. Nice heat, average ash. My next ton were lousy heat and tons of ash. And yes, I thoroughly cleaned my stove between tons. I am back to Green Supremes. Higher heat and lower ash.
  6. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Just picked up a ton of Maine's Choice (2 moose around a stove bags) for $235. Very low dust and fines. Compared to recent NEWPs they have a similar amount of ash, which IMO is a bit much. Not sure about clinkers as I've only burned a couple bags. Pellet length is similar. As far as heat goes, I haven't taken any "technical" measurements but they clearly do not burn as hot as the NEWPs. Burned in my old style (2 knob) Harman P38 the NEWPs would kick the distribution fan on around 1.5. The MCs didn't kick it on til around 2. Not a big difference, but noticeable.

    Would I buy em again for that price?.....probably, but I'd poke around for other options first.
    YMMV, just my 2¢
  7. smalltown

    smalltown Minister of Fire

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    I've burnt some Maine Choice this year and it did seems "more ashy" than in years past. It's a toss up between Maine Choice and MWP. I burn either of these two on mild days to save the good stuff especially getting them for $3.98 a bag.

    One thing I really did notice with my Quad Castile is a so so pellet will start in my stove with quite a bit of smoke before clearing, while the OKIEs have hardly any smoke in the stove sort of a poof and they are up and running.
  8. nosaudioil

    nosaudioil Member

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    These are a good pellet. Seems to have alot of heavy ash, that like Hoss says, the ash drops into the pan.
    I pick 'em up at the Thomaston Lowe's which has many tons available.
  9. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    I burnt Maine's Choice while I was waiting for my first ton to be delivered - and I found them to be awful. I probably burnt 5-6 bags, and the found the heat output to be low and the ash content high. The window was dirty much quicker than anything else I've burned.

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