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Nation's Choice Pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by pelletdude, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. pelletdude

    pelletdude Feeling the Heat

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    I have been approached to sell Nation's Choice Wood Pellets - they are being distributed by International Forest Products. I believe they are a 70% softwood and 30% hardwood blend under .5% ash with very good heat. Any pellet burners using this brand?

    I had Maine's Choice but I am not happy with the volume of ash and low heat compared to Somerset, Okies and TreeCycle ( the sleeper)

    Let me know what you think.

    Steve

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  2. geek

    geek Minister of Fire

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    can you find out how they rate the BTU ?
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    newf lover Minister of Fire

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  4. esuitt

    esuitt New Member

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    This info is from a local dealers website:
    Nation’s Choice
    # Premium Hardwood Softwood Blend
    # Ash .49%
    # BTU 8300
  5. esuitt

    esuitt New Member

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    Has anyone actually tried these yet to see how they work?
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Pelletdude, Did you end up getting some of these? I wouldn't mind getting a few bags to sample. :)
  7. tk2481

    tk2481 Member

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    I just bought a bag of these last week.Doing a test on all of these unheard of brand pellets that I have around here.Will let you guys know how they do. Found them at aces hardware in stephens city va for 4.99 a bag and will be burning in a 25 pdvc
  8. esuitt

    esuitt New Member

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    Thanks TK. Appreciate the info.
    The guy who was selling them here. Offered them for 185 delivered. But when I called him on it, he said he did not get enough business in Pa and might not sell them anymore.
  9. tk2481

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    well burned the bag and its tough to really judge with one bag but i have to say that the ash was low on these. But the Btu seemed pretty low also compared to the hamer hot ones and the potomac pellets i burned before. They seem to be a good pellet though and heat is hard for me to judge since my stove is in a uninsulated basement. I ran these on Heat mode D, 7-7 and was getting temps with my infared of between 230-240 to the left of the blower outlet. I was maxing 310-to 320 on potomacs and 290-300 of hamers.Not much science behind this so buy a bag or two before you commit to a contract because every stove is different. I definitely noticed not much blue flame like the hamers and not real white like the potomac pine pellets.Lots of fly ash and windows dirty but low ash in the burnpot.
  10. browndog

    browndog New Member

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    I've been using a Englander 25-PDV for 8 years . This year ran into some issues with the stove running super hot on pellets from TSC. Found these Nation's Choice at Home Depot for $3.74/bag and couldn't pass it up. I'm burning the first bag tonight and will be interested to see if the heat output drops.
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    browndog New Member

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    Big drop in heat output. I went from running the stove on 1 to heat the house to having it on 5.
  12. pelletizer

    pelletizer Minister of Fire

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    This Post kind of just ended, So has anyone else tried these Nations Choice Pellets and if so what is the end result?
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    kofkorn Feeling the Heat

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    I've probably run about 15 - 20 bags now. They burn ok in my 25-PDV, but I would rank them on the lower end of pellets I've burned over the past three seasons. They produce a lot of coarse, gritty ash. They also tend to clinker a bit as well. I would say that I have at least twice as much ash in the burn pot as compared to the Potomac's I burned through the rest of the winter. With the Potomacs, I could get by scraping the pot once a day. That won't work with these Nation's Choice.

    Heat Output is OK, but it is difficult for me to tell, as I run my stove on a thermostat, so the temperature in the house is always consistent. I did a quick measurement of the room blower temperature and I was getting temps of ~180 - 190 for the Nation's Choice, as compared with ~240 with the Potomacs.

    The fines are really low, but on the other hand, the pellets are really long. Could be a problem in some of those bottom feeder stoves.

    These pellets will do for the shoulder season, but I would have hated to use these about two months ago when we were in that deep freeze.
  14. pelletizer

    pelletizer Minister of Fire

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    After one bag I agree, Low heat and lower end pellets . produce a lot of coarse, gritty ash. tend to clinker a bit as well.
    Just picked up 5 bags of penningtons.

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