Last weekend I was looking for some Maine Woods pellets as Steve is a member here and I would like to support the comunity whenever possible. At TSC they only had one damaged bag left so I passed. They did however have Northeats Pellets with a softwood sticker on some of them so I picked up a half dozen bags. I opened up one when I got home and took a whiff, if my eyes were closed I would have thought I was in a cabinet makers shop. i've put the third bag in this morning and I have found there to be very good heat, as good as but not a lot better than anything else that I have tried. BUT I can't believe how little ash in comparison to everything I have put in the stove. Funny though, the ash that I do get is black. At this point the only problem I have is that they bridge in hopper. It is strange because they are a bit longer than, say Green Supremes but really not bad at all. I measured several at around 1-1/4" but most are well under an inch in size. Last night i woke up to an "off" stove and there were plenty of pellets with a hole down through the middle and an empty auger. Other than that, I'm sitting here looking at a very consistant fire and the cement board is cleaner than when I put the first bag in and there is a puny amount of ash in the pan.