Hello again...so our stove is still on schedule to be installed on 7/25. I've been researching pellets, found some good deals on names I've seen mentioned here. However a local Masonry company is running a promotion, they have Homewood Premium softwood pellets. $269 p/t. If you order 4 or more tons there is no shipping within a 25 mile radius. They also package the pellets 1.8 tons per pallet, so we'd be getting 4.8 tons at 1195.20. I've never heard of these before. And of course, since they are sales people and trying to sell, he told me they were 'the best you can buy' and that they have less than .5% ash, burn at 8700 BTU, Canadian Pine and White spruce. What's the major difference between soft and hardwood pellets and does anyone have any experience with this brand? Thanks!