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Now I know why you all like the Hamer's

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by LuvMyPellets, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. LuvMyPellets

    LuvMyPellets Member

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    Like so many folks I had to go buy more pellets so given the choice of O'Malleys for $219 and Energex at $235 I bit the bullet for the Hamer's at $269. I have probably burned 10 different brands since I bought the stove 5yrs ago and I have to say they are the cleanest and probably the hottest burning. I remember sticking the temp probe in front of the air outlet when I was burning Presto Logs and it was 197 so I tried it with the Hamer's and it was 202. I guess I will enjoy them while they last because at more than a 20% premium I don't think I will be able to afford them all the time.

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  2. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    Maybe you should go buy some bags of the cheaper pellets to get you through the next couple of weeks and keep the Hamers for the dead of next winter. I have a ton of Hamers left from my fall purchase and I'm hanging on to them for next Jan-Feb when the shoulder pellets don't seem to be able to keep up with the lower temps. Just a suggestion...
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  3. LuvMyPellets

    LuvMyPellets Member

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    Thought about that Mike but my stove has no problem at all heating the house but the St Croix is pretty smutty on the low burn. This time of year it is on low burn and it is real nice not to have as much crud and crap to clean using the Hamer's. I wonder if anyone has figured out what makes them so different.
  4. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    I understand what you're saying, I have mine on low burn also and it is amazing the ash buildup compared to the running the stove on high - not sure why other than the fire just isn't hot enough to reduce the ash buildup by burning more of the pellet. Best of luck and welcome to the Hamers band wagon...
  5. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG New Member

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    I bought a ton of Hamer's when I bought the stove. After burning through them I purchased a ton of Stove Chow. Now that I have burned through 5 bags of the Stove Chow, I can say that the Stove Chow is a bit more dusty when pouring it into the hopper. I keep a temp probe in my vent and can say that the Stove Chow burns as hot or hotter than the Hamer's. In fact, when I compare two partly sunny, 32 degree days, the Stove Chow is 4 or 5 degrees hotter with the same setting on the stove. The Stove Chow puts out a bit less ash. I paid $285 for the Hamer's and $217 for the Stove Chow. I'm thinking about going back for a few more tons of the Stove Chow.

    As a side note, 10 of the 50 bags of Hamer's got damp and had clumps in them. Now that I have a bit of experience, I can feel the clumps in the bag. When I stacked the Stove Chow, I felt each bag and only found 1 with a clump in it.

    -G
  6. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

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    Krings in boyertown has hamer hot ones for 250 a ton now. I'll be picking up a few bags to try.

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