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Okanagan Black Hills?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mepellet, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Terminus

    Terminus New Member

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    Apologies for the belated reply but when I returned to my local supplier three hours after they received 18 tons (not that 16 tons I thought) of the Okies BHH they were SOLD OUT! I couldn't quite believe it given their 10 bag max purchase but they assured me they were all gone and that they were indeed the Okies BHH. Its hard to believe because this is a small town and a small store that doesn't allow per-purchasing and they won't call customers if/when pellets arrive (somehow the word spread very quickly and a 100 plus customers came within a few hours of the delivery)! After some additional research I found another local hardware store that appeared to carry Okie Douglas Firs (at least according to their website). I called them and they were expecting a delivery that afternoon (between 2-5pm), well I of course arrived at 5pm and once again lost out. They sold 22 tons in 17mins (or at least that is what they told me - plus they were still allowing people to take a ton at a time), they said customers were following the delivery flatbed into the store. I was so bummed because at the time I only had 9 bags of Vermont Woods on hand and I really wanted the Firs!

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  2. bob bare

    bob bare Minister of Fire

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    Could not figure out what black hills were.Been burning oakie plats and ligs this year,oakies a little hotter,cleaner.I find out black hills are made in usa.Rest of oakies come from parent co. in BC.Never seen em here,yet they are supp. to be made in so dak.
  3. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    black hills are from the owner ? of the company

    "That would be Southern Yellow Pine from down south. They have been out in the market for over 3 months now under the Black Hills Heat label with a few thousand tons sold and so far the reviews have been excellent."

    also if you like them they'll be renamed to okanagen gold

    "We start bagging the Gold brand next week as we will have come to the end of our Black Hills bags and will make the change over on the bag. The product is the same, we are just changing the name and bag design to fall more in line with our current branding."
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  4. bob bare

    bob bare Minister of Fire

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    Well the bags say" black hills heat,okanagen pellet co." Guess we sold a mill to the canucks.
  5. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    the bags say "made in the usa " and you are assuming that okanagen is a Canadian company .

  6. bob bare

    bob bare Minister of Fire

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  7. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    yea your point ? ok so who makes budweiser ?
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    slvrblkk Minister of Fire

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    Bud? Is this a trick question? ;)
  9. bob bare

    bob bare Minister of Fire

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    Sorry if I offended you,just was trying to find where they were made as we do not have them out here.
  10. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    no offence taken :)

    from what i know , they are made somewhere in the usa and bagged in upton , mass .
  11. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Original BHH were Ponderosa Pine made in the black hills of south Dakota. New pellet is called Okies Gold. From what the guy marketing them said is they are a very comparable pine pellet. All I could get out of him was they are made out west and have excellent quality. Okies has loads of the old bags left over. They don't want to waste them. What you are getting is Okies gold in the BHH nag. Once these bags are used up, They will be using the new okies gold bag.

    Lets us know how you like these. You might be the first to use some to my knowledge.
  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    The rumor on the BHH mill, An oil company is using the mill to produce natural speedy dry to use in the oil fields.
  13. TimfromMA

    TimfromMA Feeling the Heat

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    I use Okanagan Platinum in the black & red bag.
  14. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Salty, if you come back around and read this thread I just have to say get a Harman. I have fed it all kinds of crap. One time it burped and heat came out.
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  15. Terminus

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    Thanks for your insight jtakeman, I've only been a member here for a few weeks but your posts have been a lot of help - its clear you know your business!
  16. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Business? No, I just go nuts over pellets and stick my nose in here and there. I get some scoops and pass them on is all. ;)

    Here is another snip from the man.

    Hope this helps! :)
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  17. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    Jay, Did you ever find out which mill Viridis Energy is working with? Is this just a "brand" marketing deal going on as Okanagan has already established a large customer base? What species is yellow pine supposed to be? Found it: Pinus ponderosa, commonly known as the ponderosa pine, bull pine, blackjack pine or western yellow pine,

    Those oilfields better find something else to use for adsorb and leave the pellets alone :mad:
  18. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Mr warm didn't say which mill. I don't think he wants it to be public knowledge. Nor did he want known that Their Df is actually Bear Mountan. He never did admit that they are, But we are 99% possitive BM is whats in them bags!

    I say give him a shout and see if he will give you more info.

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