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My Okie Douglas Fir thread

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Branson4720, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. Branson4720

    Branson4720 Burning Hunk

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    I'm actually running the feed rate on 1 right now as we speak;).The smaller, uniform size of these things demands it.

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  2. Branson4720

    Branson4720 Burning Hunk

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    Good......cuz I just cracked my first IPA of the day:p
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  3. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Playing with the feed rate and looking at Douglas Fur. True pellet porn...:cool:
  4. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Not surprised at that. Friend of mine turns their XXV rate to 1 for Vermonts and North Country. Mine doesn't usually go below 2 due to the basement factor.
  5. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Mmmmm IPA.....
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  6. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    My guess would be that they are cleaner, drier or denser than before. Moisture makes a big difference. The wood in the pellets is always going to be different from batch to batch, as they make their pellets from sawdust that they buy from various mills. They claim that they only buy sawdust from mills that remove all the bark, but my bet is that the bark content (low as it is) will vary. Also there will be a difference between the density of sawdust from wood sourced from older growth logs and younger ones, and between heartwood and knotwood vs. sapwood, etc. The drier and denser the wood in the pellets, the hotter it will burn.

    To find the nearest Oakie dealer, call Doug Middleton at 480.419.6792 or email him at dmiddleton39@cox.net. No, I am not involved with pellets pressed in any way, shape or form, I just got this from their web site.
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  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    You mean Mr Warm? ::-) I got to meet him last week.
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    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Nice pellets...But when did a Toyota Tacoma become classified as a truck??;) LOL
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  9. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Branson4720, You weren't kiddin. Man these puppies are smoking hot! :cool:
  10. Branson4720

    Branson4720 Burning Hunk

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    Oh Ya!:) It's been chillier than normal......so I have run 5 bags through the Accentra so far. Feed rate WAY lower than a normal pellet. Top of the stove so hot you can't touch it! Definitely a cold weather fuel. Super low ash and cleaner glass are a bonus. Hope to hear some more feed back from other users.
  11. friedd7576

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    I have two tons of Okanagan Douglas Fir. They burn wicked hot, and I am afraid I have not figured out the adjustments to make my stove run these pellets smoothly (I'm not a pellet stove expert yet, for sure). I have a 3 year old Harman Accentra Insert, and I keep it very very clean. I turned the feed rate down to 2-3.... maybe I need to go further down. Here's what I'm seeing: For the first ~24 hours, they burn great... Almost no ash at all, and great heat. After that, the minimal amount of ash starts to build up, and it forms a solid crust at the front of the cup. Once the crust forms, I basically get a pellet pile-up behind the crust and the the entire cup is burning (not just in front of the pile like usual). I need to shut down the stove, wait till it cools, crack the crust out, clean the cup and start it over. Any expert advice is much appreciated!!!!
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    I've been burning the ODF pellets for the first time the last couple of hours. They're burning real hot and clean so far.
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  13. Phil Do's fire.

    Phil Do's fire. Minister of Fire

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    WOW!! No snow on the ground?? Are you sure you really need those premium pellets?;lol
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  14. Branson4720

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    With this super cold weather I have been running the Okie DF's with my Accentra in stove temp mode with the feed rate set at 2-2.5. I have noticed the same burning characteristics that you describe also. No need to shut down the stove.......just open the door and wipe the ash buildup off the front of the burnpot with the Harman scraper tool. It doesn't matter what type of pellet I burn, I scrape off the burnpot at least once per day. And yes, they do burn wicked hot and clean!
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    Oh.....there's plenty of snow on the ground now, and the temps are in the negatives! Glad I purchased these for days like this.
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  16. BadDad320

    BadDad320 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm burning the Oakies too..... Hot and clean....... Just waiting on a new auger motor due in on Monday and I will be cranking out some serious heat again.....
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    How long did your auger motor last before needing to replace it? How did you know you needed to replace it?
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    I wonder how they would work in the PF100 furnace?
  19. BadDad320

    BadDad320 Feeling the Heat

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    Motor lasted about 2 years..... I knew it was bad when pellets stopped coming down the chute..... Tapped it a little and got it going again but it keeps stopping..... Buzzkill !!!!
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  20. inspectorjjw

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    Jealous, wish I could get my hands on some Douglas fir here in Western NY!! Ggetting ready to brace for this weeks storm. Oink! Oink!

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