First of all, I'd like to say thank you to everyone on the board. As a new (almost) pellet insert owner I have learned much from reading these posts. However, many questions remain. Any help would be appreciated. First, what brand of pellets to buy and how much to pay. I have checked most of the places around me and alot of the brands that have been mentioned as good aren't available, or are much more expensive. Barefoot aren't available. Energx and Lignetics are 330.00 a ton. Without delivery. Both Lowe's and Home Depot offer Pennington for much less, but they haven't been rated well on this forum. One of the Agway's has Dry Creek for 300.00 a ton. I have seen both good and bad ratings. Does anybody have more info?? Second, what is the equivalent of pellets to oil. I have seen on several sites the statement that One bag of pellets equals two and one half gallons of oil. However, I have a 2300 square foot house, two stories, and used @ 1160 gallons of oil last year to fire a 22 year old furnace for a house with baseboard hot water heat. My hot water is heated in a coil inside the boiler. Now, if I figure that the overwhelming amount of oil is to heat the house, as opposed to heating the water, I would assume that @1000 gallons went to heat the house. At that rate, according to the above formula, I would need about 400 bags of pellets to completely replace the oil usage. Now I don't really think that it is possible to replace all of the oil usage, but 8 tons of pellets??? Is that formula accurate in any way, shape or form???? Thirdly, I have on order a Mt Vernon AE fireplace insert. Shipping date to my local dealer is August 19th (hopefully). While trying to figure Pellet tonnage I started to think about the other fuels it is supposed to burn. Namely corn, wheat, and sunflower seeds. I don't see much mention of these on this site. Does anybody use them??? Any comments??? What would the equivalents to oil be?? Where would you buy these, and are they anyway near economically feasible??? Problems with Vermin??? Any and all input would be appreciated.