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Mcfeeters pellets ????

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mralias, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    My local grain and feed store is selling Mcfeeters Pellets. Did a search on here and could not find anything on them. I bought 10 bags to try them out. They are softwood made in Canada but beyond that I have no idea what the specs are. So far, they have little to no fines, pellet length consistent and about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and the ash level has yet to be determined. Cost was $6 per bag and $5.39 per bag if you buy a ton. Anyone else burned these yet??

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  2. SmokeyTheBear

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    Is there a phone number on the bag?
  3. mralias

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    Yep, 800-350-8046...Been to the website as well but not much info on these. Pic of bag below.

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  4. SmokeyTheBear

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    It looks like they are branching out into the fuel market from the bedding market.

    I wonder if those are pine pellets.

    Pine shavings are used for animal bedding and litter. I went trough a half yard of them yesterday after cleaning the big coop out and putting the litter in the compost bins and the back vegetable garden bed.
  5. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    If they are pine is that a bad thing??? Is it like buring pine in a wood stove? If so I won't be buying anymore of those.
  6. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    No it is not a bad thing.
  7. jtakeman

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    Pine is all they have to burn in the wood eaters out west. Hardwood is used here because it contains more BTU's per pound in its natural form. Pellets are a whole different animal, The compression of the wood fiber makes the btu content the same or more than a hardwood. Softwoods also contain less ash on average than hardwoods. The New England hard headed hardwood only burning just doesn't apply to the pellet world.
  8. mralias

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    Thanks that helps me better understand what I am burning here. A quick smell of the pellet and I am pretty sure they are pine. Have not burned enough bags yet to determine if they are good or bad. I have noticed after a couple of bags the glass seems to have more of a brown film on it then when I burn the hardwood. However, less ash and fines then the hardwood. These are only temporary pellets until the supplier gets his LG's back. He wanted me to let him know what I thought about them and get back to him. I figured someone on the board would have burned these already but it does not appear thus far to be true. Time will tell. Thanks for the input guys.
  9. jtakeman

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    The LG's are also made of pine or SPF. Some of the pine pellets need to be tweaked to clean up the burn. Damper stoves will need a bit more air. Others have trim and/or feed adjustments to either reduce the fuel fed in or slightly increase the combustion air.

    I actaully like being the first to try a unheard of brand, And enjoy being the Guinea pig!
  10. mralias

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    I have to say I really like these pellets. No dust at all. Very few fines and the heat is real good. If you live in the Foxboro MA area I recommend trying a few bags from Ferestien Feed & Farm Supply. $6 a bag but $5 something per bag for a ton. I am going to have to buy a ton. Only I'm not too sure where I am gonna put another ton. Wonder how my oldest daughter would like sleeping outside in the portable garage...hmmmmm???
  11. gpcollen1

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    Local Agway got these in because the cannot currently get Hamers. Burned through a few bags and they are burning fine in my Santa Fe. Maybe not as hot as the Hamer but they burn well and the fines are nice and low. Will see after some more burning - maybe buy a ton and forget about checking on if Hamers come back in stock.
  12. jtakeman

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    I picked up a couple of bags and plan a review on them. My local Agway has them. They said they haven't had any complaints and sold quite a few ton so far.

    I'd like to hear how others like them?
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    bump

    Anyone else tried these?
  14. Jack Morrissey

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    SSWP is getting these in next week, I guess I'll try them too.
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    Any more reports on these? I was thinking of trying out a couple of bags.
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    I posted my review on them. They did OK in my stove. Heat was real good. But the batch I got was a bit high in ash for a softwood. I was expecting somwhere under 0.4%. But got over 0.6% total.Nothing out of spec for a premium pellet. But they don't run with the BC softies or Vermonts. Good pellet if you can score them cheap enough. Don't know if I'd spend more than a boxstore pellet for them. Maybe just a tick?

    http://www.woodpelletreviews.com/Takeman-Reviews/McFeeters-Wood-Pellets.html
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    Thanks Jay. I didn't know you were posting reviews over there. Very helpful.
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    I thought they were one of the best pellets ive ever tried, but after Jays review I think ill try some again.....
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    I think its the batch you get. I have a friend that burned some and thought about the same as you did. So???? I'm willing to try some more! ;-)
  20. JohnnyB_44

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    TSC Stores in Ontario are selling McFeeters for $4.99 Canadian a bag for 1 ton (50 bags). Pre-order until Aug 5/12 for delivery at local store Aug 14/12. Think I'm going to go with a ton in addition to my Cubex order at my local farm supply.
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    BUY EM they are a good quality IMO
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    Very nice pellet
  23. JohnnyB_44

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, ordered my ton today. maybe I'll cancel my Cubex 3 ton order ($5.75 Canadian a bag, $287.50 Cdn a ton) ?????

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