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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kobalt, Jun 29, 2010.
A friend of mine tried the Comfy Cozy and was not very pleased with them.
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I used about 10 bags of Comfy Cozy last year and they burned fine in my Quad..... pretty much the same as the Eastern Embers...those are the only two brands I've ever had a chance to try!!...not a lot of choice here exept when Home Hardware and Canadian Tire bring in their "annual" order...you never know what they will carry.
I tried a few bags of them a few years ago in my Quad and found them very dirty with alot of ash. I usually try to get Eastern Embers and find them alot cleaner with very good heat. Hard to get a deal o them though.
hey peirhead did comfy change their pellets? reason i ask you mentioned same heat as eastern embers. unless they change i cant say i agree with same heat . i know every stove different but in my enviro 3 stove i trried comfy cosy heat once and heat out put was terrible. the wife asked if stove was on i said yeah. wife says then those pellets are junk. for her to notice is a good indication.
I see Ritchie's in Saint John is now carrying the TrueBurn brand....but at $4.99 for a 33 lb bag which works out to $6.00 for 40lbs of pellets just doesn't make for a very good deal......
For some strange reason,these pellets aren't giving much heat similar to one of the poorer brands. Last years pellets? Usually these will pin the heat gauge above the rest. Always test a batch before buying.
Correction on that last post about Eastern Embers. My stove won't give good heat unless the burn pot is full and draft is at zero,so with stove on the 3 setting, I am getting over 600 degrees which is pretty good.
Piercey's has Eastern Embers for $5.47 per 40 pound bag right now.
Also, I've tried the Blazing Comfort brand that is sold by Bin Doctor in Dartmouth for around $5.50 for 40 pounds (but sold in 20 lb bags). Those are made in Newfoundland. I'm no expert (by far), but I can say that I find them to be the best pellets I've burned so far - even better than LGs. They seem to be a little tougher to light, but burn hot with low ash. The pellets seem quite dense and hard.
Anyone else try them?
Four of us got together and purchased 8 pallet loads of Eastern Embers for $5.25 plus taxes per 40lb bag. Next year we are going to try and get a few more buyers together and do a group purchase. We were responsible for picking up our own pellets and taking them home which we did Saturday.
Update on the left over lignetics that I purchased a while back at Crappy Tire....they are a very hard pellet which gives alot of heat however I have a double auger stove and some of the lengths of the pellets are causing the stove to clog up resulting in no pellets being fed to the burn pot. This usually isn't a problem if the pellets are softer as they will break as they pass through the augers. I have burned a few bags of both the Comfy Cozy and Eastern Embers and I find that they are very close in their performance, however my son thinks the Embers are burning better then the comfy in his stove??.... Guess this just goes to show you that all though my stove and his are of the same brand and settings every stove burns different and only from trial and error can we each determine what works best for us. What makes it more interesting is even from one year to the next each companies quality of pellets can change depending on what the wood chips were like as they get them at the plant....oh well just makes for the burning of them all the more interesting or perhaps all the more frustrating?....lol....
I still say guys, look around for the new Crabbe Pellets,you won,t be dissapointed.I just bought a Ton of Eastern Embers Pellets(pkg for Green heat)destined for Ireland,but they refused shipment, i bought for $4/Bag,after barely getting 1 bag to run thru my Enviro,it would quit running every 3 hours,and we would have to restart it.Even my industrial wood stove Glass cleaner could not clean the Tar off the window.I ended up Using a Razor scraper reluctantly to get it off.So I'm going to sell these off for $4/bag to someone who claims they can burn anything,lol.I'll stick with the New Crabbes for this season.BTW they are $4.99/Bag Bundled in 70/Pallet,can be purchased at H.J.Crabbe and son in Bristol NB, or Wiebes Home Building Center in Centerville NB for same price.Happy Heating to All
I bought 6 bags of Canadian Tire's newest brand, CANAWICK, made in Saint Quentin N.B., about 3 weeks back. 2 days ago I finally did the annual cleaning of my Englander 25-PDVC, then burned off the 1/3 hopper load of Eastern Embers from last year. Using my handy dandy hand held temperature reader, I recorded temps (farenheight) 230 - 240, varying across the output grill in the front. Then, I loaded up 1/3 hopper of the Canawick brand, and got temps 254 - 290. So, I laid in 14 more bags of these for the colder part of the winter.
Pricing was $5.25 in Sept. per 40lb bag, now $5.99, for the Canawicks. The Eastern Embers I bought in April were $5.44/40lb bag. I should've tested the Saint Quentin pellets in Sept and bought more at the introductory price. Still have 10 bags of the older Lignetics, saving for the really cold weather later.
And I can't say this enough - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON COMFY COSY PELLETS! They cost as much as the other locally available brands and DO NOT burn as hot as ANYTHING I've tried.
Sure nice that us maritimer's are finally starting to get other choices in pellets. Although I have a winters supply of eastern embers at $5.25 per 40lb bag I would still try some other brands if and when available for testing purposes.
I am beating all heat records now with the tru-burns. I hope someone else shows up to confirm this.Running on the lowest setting,I am getting 400 degrees which is a leap over the others.
Hmm, if your getting 400 degree's with a laser thermo pointed in the heat vents, i'm extremely surprised.I can get my Glass that hot easy enough, but i think 380F is hottest i ever seen the air ducts with any of the 10 or so brands i've tried.I did run a bag of the tru-burns thru, and couldn,t get the Tar off my glass after 1 bag.First time ever i had to use a razor scraper and industrial soot cleaner,geesh,whats in them things.
Wood ashes and water on a rag cleans better than anything....natural grit. I use your grandpa's laser.
I would like other opinions but this year I find that the Eastern Embers are cleaner and seem to burn hotter this year. I find that my CB1200 quadfire starts quicker and there seems to be less sawdust with this years product. Having not had much success with the comfy cozy which Irving makes I have a few questions. Why could they not make them better? Softwood is softwood, do they not compress them as much as the embers? They do have some great promotions on them.
Agreed....that works as well as any spray cleaner. A damp Magic Eraser works very well also.
Funny but I was actually thinking that they (Eastern Embers) seemed to have less heat than last year...hard to tell on this shoulder season though!
I'm here in PEI too, have always burnt Eastern Embers, but I am using last year's stock which I had stored on pallets in my basement. Have trouble now with the burn, as the fire sometimes goes out, etc. Do you guys know if pellets sit around, will it degrade their quality? I overbought last year and the winter before, so am burning through the old stock and bought nothing new for this season. Would dampness in the basement during summer have affect on them?
I have 35 bags left from last year but have them covered up with new ones and will not get to use them until later. Hope they will be OK. Mine are stored in the garage.
For certain, pellets like moisture but as the humidity level drops as the house gets dried out,the pellets should follow along provided they are in proximity of the heat source. I have noticed that heat output was diminished somewhat until I got the house good and hot a couple of times.
WOW...... that is putting out some heat..... I'll have to stop in at Ritchies in Saint John and pick up a few bags to see what results I can get out of my stove.....I will update later with my results.... Been an easy fall on my pellet consumption thus far with all this rain and mild weather as I'm sure everyone else has experienced however now with some clearing skies today I have a heavy frost and the stove is purring right along..... hope everyone survived the heavy rain especially our stash of pellets ....lol....
Update on the Tru-Burns.... I did pick up a few bags and Pete you are right on the money with these pellets.... they burn extremely hot and have no long sticks in them along with no sawdust to speak of.... I am not in need of any more pellets for the remainder of this season but still may pick up a ton to have for the very cold nights and perhaps mix them in with the Cozy's.....
Hello fellow Maritimers. Anyone know of any deals these days on pellets? Prices in and around Halifax remain steady at $5.50 per bag - too high for me.