This sure is a hot topic! If I might say(pun intended). But seriously,I'm a total noob with the pellet stove. First year. I had bought a few bags of stove chow based on a co workers recommendation,seemed to burn well enough.Went back,bought a ton.All was well,I was happy with them.That was about 6 weeks ago.This past w/e,went back and got another ton.This batch is nowhere near as good,a lot of long pellets,less heat. I am definately getting the impression of just how much variation there is with wood pellets,at least with some brands. I am still getting enough heat out of the chow to keep the 25pdvc on 1-1,and everyone in the house is comfortable. Lucky me,I guess.Because I cringe at the thought of paying $260 or more per ton. Also,I have seen at least 3 diff brands under the NEWP banner,can't remember the third,but the local grocery store had them @250 a ton,no thanks!