Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Jarrod Reynolds, Mar 4, 2013.
I just bought a Baby Magnum and was wondering what kind of pellets should i buy?
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Just kidding, Welcome to the forum...What brands do you have to choose from??
Welcome. Gives us an idea of where abouts you live and that should help get the info you seek.
As far as I figured out, I could not tell the difference between pellets when I first started.
I may be able to see a difference now, but I doubt it. If I have a super hot pellet, my living room may burn up.
Anyone see Jarrod
I live in Maine and I was told by a friend about Hearth.com here I am.
I have only looked at the ones and Home Depot and Lowes. I bought a couple of bags from Home Depot Green Supreme.
Welcome to the loony bin Jarrod. Lots of great people here willing to help.
Pull up a stump, crack a beer and start testing different pellets until you know what burns best in your situation. This is a good time of year to try whatever you can find. Pick up a few bags when you see them and dump em in your new toy. Find out the better ones for you and buy those for next year.
I want to find the best pellets with a high BTU, not a lot of ash, clean and also at a good price.
ok next question , where in maine ? sorry but it's a big state and will make a big difference in what is available and where . lots of mainers here btw
Dont we all......
There is no magic answer for that. That is really where you need to try out different pellets and see what works best for the price point you want to pay.
Well for starters pick a nice low ash one and get a few bags and try the stove out.
You might want to do a search on here for baby countryside and wade through the threads.
If you want suggestions to start with
Stay away from Infernos
These are what I have found in the area:
HD: Look for Fireside Ultras, they have burned hot this year but a bit ashy.
Lowes: Greene Team if they not selling above 220/ton
WalMart or TSC: MWP blend: again good heat and a bit ashy
Upper end from pellet houses: Spruce Pointe, North Country and Vermonts (Vermonts tend to blacken the firebox: but top shelf pellet) are all super hot, low ash and very clean...but expensive. MWP Soft have been very hot but more ash than the previous 3 and a bit cheaper too.
Thanks I will look around. Very helpful.
Welcome to the Forum.
As Smokey said, do a sesrch here on the Baby.
How long have you been burning in it? How often do you have to open the door and intervene because the pellets are piling up?
Depending on the age of the stove, and whether it has the High CFM combustion blower and Pellet pot (Cast iron and thick, the corn pot is then and stainless, and needs Mod'd if thats what you have).
My buddy's Baby burned like chit. Needed to open the door every 12 hrs or so to empty some pellets.
After a fee little things, he can go a week without opening door or touching the stove (as a pellet stove should be).
I agree with gbreda, Now is a good time to gather a few bags of what available locally to you. Object is the best possible pellet at the most reasonable price. Best to get first hand experience in your own stove as they each seem to have a mind of their own. If money isn't an object? I doubt thats the case as I bet you sought pellets as a form of maney savings over other fuels. Some of us burn economical pellets all season long, Some burn economical pellets in the warmer weather(spring fall) and Some burn nothing but the good stuff. You''ll have to decide on your own on what class you fit in.
There are some excellent pellets, But usually have a price tag to match. Barefoots-Turmans-Hamer Hot Ones are excellent hardwoods. Spuce Pointes-Okanagan's-La Crete's are very nice softwoods. But its all in what you can get in your area. Some of the box store brands are actually a great, Some of the better ones I have found are Somersets,-AWF-Hardwood Heat- Pres to logs, Just to name a few. Couple other good ones are Fireside Ultra's and Stove Chow if you can find them.
I have several test threads on here that might help with tips on how to's on pellet testing...... I also have a couple on a site called woodpellet reviews.com. Look under pellets and takemans take. A bit more than you need to do, But I'm just have fun doing it.
The HD's in Westbrook and S. Portland are only carrying the Green Supremes. The HD in Biddefoed has Fireside Ultras
I have only been using it for 3 days now. I start it in the morning and let it run 12 hours and then I empty the pot and then start it again. My pellet stove is located in my un-finished basement. I have a little over 2000 sq. ft double wide house. I have a friend who has a baby magnum and I used his setup for my house. He built a duct to pipe the heat to certain areas of the house. I have done the same. So far I can get my upstairs to about 70 and my basement to 62. I have my stove on setting 4. My stove is located close to the stairs that is why I think I am not heating up my basement as well. Thinking about puting up poly around the stairs to help keep some of the heat in the cellar. I have 3 pipes going to different rooms of the house and one pipe to heat the basement. Everything seems to be working just fine was just trying to get a few ideas on pellets but sounds like I need to just go out and test different ones that best work for me. Thanks
There is insufficient airflow to the pellets, you shouldn't have to touch that pot every 12 hrs. You should be able to just ooad the hopper and not worry about the pot.
Again, search your stove title. My Best Friends heated well, but needed to mess with the pot. After a simple Modification, he can not only go longer between cleaning, but also gets more heat. More air through the pellets gives you a hotter fire, more complete combustion, and goor foy ash ejection
Here is a video on his burning after start up. Notice how active his flame is and his damper is about 50% closed. Without proper air, your pellets are not fully burning and your not getting the efficiency you should. Plus you have to babysit it twice a day, and that ain't fun.
There is a High flow exhaust blower that Magnum sells to fix this (because they know its an issue) and also using the pellet pot instead of the corn pot. Which pot do you have? Stainless pot with holes up both sides, or cast pot with holes in the bottom?
I have the stainless one with holes up both sides. My friend told me that he drilled his holes a little bigger to get more air. When I cleaned out my burn pot this morning I noticed that I had a lot of black ash in the burn pot not alot of white ash.
Little black Rat turds are unburnt pellets.
I wouldn't drill the holes any bigger, but close off the top row or two on the front and back of pot
Holes that High up are not needed. The air that would normally flow through the upper holes, will be forced to travel through the lower holes and be use to fully combust the pellets and eject the ash from the pot. Giving you the option to just keep filling the hopper and not worrying about pellets building up and causing a Hopper fire
High temp foil tape on the non Fire side of the pot and/or furnace cement rated for 2,000° is a good start.
My buddy, member Jrsdws and also CWR all have done this mod and it works well. Also cover about 50% of your air wash. Take the foil tape or reg aluminum foil and.cover 25% of each side of the air wash (little slit just in front of pot, that goes across the windows length). This will provide even more air to the pellets.
Thanks I will try that. I will also tell me friend about this too. He has the same issue with his ash. Any other hints or ideas for the baby magnum.
Where can I find the correct high temp foil tape?
I think i have been using the wrong burn pot. I have two of them which one is the wood pellet burn pot. One has more hole all over and the other has the holes closer to the botton of the pot. I think I might be using the wrong one. Also does anyone know the pin settings on the control board for the auger duration?
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