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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kobalt, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. 56 chevtruck

    56 chevtruck New Member

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    granualco were on par with eastern embers so are trebio (trebio burn hotter) best pellet price in hrm is walmart $4.67 canadian tire is $4.99 probably case walmart getting more market. about time we had a larger pellet brand selection like in the usa.

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  2. Umaxman

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    I picked up 15 bags of the Trebio from Walmart to try them and I was surprised as they burnt as hot as the Eastern embers But the ash was unreal :( I cleaned out more in one day than I would get from the eastern in a week.
    At a dollar less per bag I was hoping they would be good but I really don't like the ash clean up. When they were gone I shut the stove down and cleaned it thoroughly, even put the leaf vac on it and it was nasty.
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    im from up north new-brunswick

    i was burning canawick last year and until last week was paying 4.99 at canadian tire(this year) they ran out and now they have firemaster softwood they burn very well compare to canawick for my stove.

    on canawick website reading of btu is 8000 btu
    trueburning reading is 8500 btus for 33lbs a bag
    firemaster 8700 btus 40 lbs a bag

    so if there specs are true

    the softwood give more btu less ash and clunk in the burn pot.
  4. peirhead

    peirhead Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks for the good feeback Jason, I'll have to try the Firemasters now...great to finally have some choices as Chevtruck says...By the way Jason..I used to work up your way with NB Power back in the 70's..lots of fun hanging transformers on Shippigan Island at 3 AM in - 30 weather blowing like the dickens!! You guys are tough up there!!
  5. Jason

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    im from tracadie and yes the weather blows alot around here.

    im done with canawick(until now) but still have 3 bags left will pass them and see the different did not try them again after the softwood. not good pellet for my stove they heat well but have a hard time setting my air with hardwood. have to clean that burn pot maybe every 8 to 10 hours of burning. and then if i gave more air and more air to keep that burn pot less full well im losing heat. so far with the softwood my damper is almost close and burn pot less full. but then again thats my stove probably different for every stove.
  6. peirhead

    peirhead Feeling the Heat

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    Jason, I experienced exactly the same as you...the Canawicks seem to burn slower, and My Castile does not have separate controls for air so I seemed to get them building up in the pot faster than I could burn them off.
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    thanks for the info nice to finally know that is not just me cause i was starting to go crazy and just throw that stove out. so do you burn softwood in you castile?
  8. peirhead

    peirhead Feeling the Heat

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    I burn lots of different pellets (that I can find) ...generally in my Castile I find the softwood burns a little more quickly and thefore appear to give off more heat, but I go through the bags faster. Softwood seems a better match to my stove burn characteristics. However I do think the hardwood burns cleaner....I think the Crabbes may be a hardwood/softwood mix...best of both worlds!!
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    im still confused when people say softwood burn faster then hardwood. in a wood stove softwood burned faster that is true but when the auger drop 40 lbs of softwood or hardwood it's the same amount of time it will pass a bag. but it's hard to find out with the temperature. but logicaly it's the same for me i might be wrong.

    what do you mean by hardwood burn cleaner?

    you've been burning for a few years for what i see . im trying to get more tips this is only my second year.

    thanks
  10. 76brian

    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    I picked up some Canawicks at CT last night. Surprised to see the negative comments about them. I dumped a bag in as soon as I got home (hopper was empty anyways) and I thought they burned really well.
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    they might be good for you depend of your stove maybe i dont know, but for mine i was spending more time trying to set the damper a the right place then i was spending time with my girlfriend.

    for the first 4 to 5 hours it was ok but after that pot was full. the only way was to open the damper more the half way to keep the pot cleaner but losing heat.

    for what i see you did try alot of different brand.
    what do you think so far
  12. brrgrr

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    I tried the Canawick last winter. Good heat, but the burn pot filed daily with ash and had to be cleaned each day.
    Got some Ambience pellets, this year , from Quebec. An excellent pellet, lots of heat and the stove will go several days between cleanings.
    BMR hardware stores had these in November, and I will get another pallet if I can. They were $4.79, on sale.
    I think they throw much better heat than the Crabbes, which I used last winter, IMO.
    I'm much happier with these than the Crabbe pellets, and I wish that were not true as I'd like to buy local.
    Carl
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    you still burning hardwood. so it looks like its canawick product thats like that. not all hardwood does that.
    good to know
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    Jason,
    Yes, they are also hardwood, and burn much cleaner that the Canawicks.
    Try a few bags and see what you think.
    I like them a lot more than the Canawicks, Same level of heat but less ash.
    Carl
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    ok other then canawick around here for hardwood i dont know if there any i have to search but there`s alot of softwood. im trying softwood for now and ill see how cleaner it is.

    where are you from nothern nb
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    Live in Edmundston now..originally from Perth-Andover.
    There is a BMR in Atholville, probably the closest to you. If you are up there , try a bag or two.
    I have a Harman XXV waiting to install, and I think with the different feed system a dirty pellet might work well. My current stove is an Enviro, and there is no where for the ash to go in the burn pot as it accumulates.
    The Harman stoves shove the ash off a shelf, so to speak, so that problem is mainly avoided.
    Canawicks threw a great heat, but the stove would shut down because of ash buildup in the Enviro
    Bonne Chance!!)
    Carl
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    yeah i wil try them if i pass by
    thanks and bonne chance to you too with your new stove.
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    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    Cubex: Hardwood, great heat, pretty clean.

    GranulesLG: Softwood, great heat, very clean. The bags I got from home depot had lots of dust (they were likely handled rough) but the ones from my dealer were fine. My stove doesn't seem to care either way.

    Granulco: Hard/Soft mix I think, not sure. looks like they have some bark, and they have produced more ash than Cubex or LG, but really good heat. Some pellets are REALLY long but my stove doesn't seem to care.

    Canawick: Hardwood, looks like they have some bark, and they have produced more ash than Cubex or LG, but really good heat.

    Curran: Hard/Soft mix. Tons of bark, tons of ash, don't burn that hot. This is the only one out of the bunch I would not buy again. Not only do they not burn well, they also cut down and use whole trees. With all the quality pellets out there made from re-purposed wood that burn awesome, there's NO reason to burn these turds. They're also american. I like to support more local business.

    I wish I had bought 3 tons of the LG's instead of the Cubex. They were 50c cheaper per bag and they burn just as good as the Cubex for me. Still waiting for some really cold weather though, it's barely been below -5. I have one bag of each left to try for the super cold days.

    I would like to do a real comparison like DonD did with the brands he has, but I don't have the motivation... so this is as good as it's going to get for now :)
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    cool to know look like hardwood and softwood pretty much the same as long they are good quality for your stove. i would love to try another brand of hardwood if i can find some around instead of canawicks
    canawicks look like they have bark in it like you said i did notice from the color and the smell
  20. 76brian

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    Hardwood or Softwood is not really important in pellet form. It's all in the quality of the materials used and the density of the pellet. For the most part, softwood burns cleaner and hotter.
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    yeah your right.
    does softwood burned faster for you?
    i dont believe it does
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    Density of the pellets makes a big difference, btu/lb can be the same between 2 brands but the volume may be quite different, and volume, not weight is what is controlled by the feedrate of the auger....less dense pellets will burn faster and hotter.
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    how do i know the density of the pellets
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    Sometimes you can see it if different brands are stacked on pallets side by side...I have seen this ocassionally where one pallet of 70 bags (stacked the same way) is considerably higher than the brand next to it, same weight..same number of bags, different volume....it is all in how the sawdust is compressed and the pellets processed, maybe not so much as whether they are hardwood, softwood or a mix. My Castile is a great stove but has virtually no controls for burn rate, I can set it to Low, Med or High, and the only other adjustment is in the hopper which gives a bit of control over feed rate...(I have mine closed as far as it will go)....If I get slow burning pellets (higher density) they tend to not burn off completely and I get a lot of buildup in the burn pot. (Not a problem with the Harmons or most bottom feed stoves)
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    ok i see what you mean. my stove is fuel rate is 1 to 5 and give 1.3 lbs (i think) per hour for each setting with manual damper. so if i run it on 3 of 5 will burn 3.9lbs per hour. so softwood would not burn faster as long the air is set properly cause the auger just throw the same amount of pellets. so it`s all about volume that will tell how fast a bag burned for my kind of stove.
    tonight i will check the volume of the canawicks and the firemaster to see wich one have more volume. they are both 40 lbs.
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