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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jtakeman, Jan 8, 2010.

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  1. coloradan

    coloradan New Member

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    I miss your new results already, Jake. :(

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  2. 86 toy

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    how did you like these? a local stove shop has them on sale for 225 a ton. i picked up a few bags to try but i wanted some input from the MAN of pellets!..lol
  3. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I like them a lot. These pellets were from my own stash. I purchased 1.3 tons last year. This is my 4th year burning them. They seem to be very consistent. I have burned them in my quad, bigE and now my Omega. all 3 stoves burned them very well. Cost is always a factor but I do keep an eye out for these. Definetly in my top 10 list of pellets to look out for.

    I am handing 2 bags to macman on Saturday when we meet and swap pellets. I will ask him to post some comments about the Turmans, along with the Cubex, Okies and Spruce Pointes.

    Let us know what you think of the Turmans as well, Good or bad, Its info for all the other burners. Seeing that every stove will burn them a bit differently(the YMMV part). Your comments are always welcome.

    Keep us posted.
    jay
  4. imacman

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    Yep, I'll post some comments when I burn them. Looking forward to trying these new (to me) pellets.

    Jay will be able to do a mini test and report on some of the ones I'm swapping with him: Premier (softwood), Lignetics (Green Letter, last years hardwood), CleanFire, Warm Front, and Alleghany.
  5. newf lover

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    I burned all kinds of pellets in my stove this winter to try out. My stove liked Turman's the best. Anxious to see how they burn for you. It is amazing how pellets burn differently in different stoves. I think most people had positive results with them, but I see that some people who have tested out the same ones I have prefer a different pellet than Turman. For me it was a clear winner.
  6. 86 toy

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    well right now it seems my stove burns everything like crap thats why i'm trying some different brands so i can rule out the pellets being the problem.
    i just finnished 5 bags of Marth and i liked them but i won't pay the $300 a ton that lowes wants for them, they put out good heat but the were pretty dusty compaired to the barefoot.
    my stove is shutting down as we speak so i can give it a good cleaning and start fresh with the turmans.
    I will definatly post results after i get done with these 5 bags.

    thanks for the input guys
  7. ADVA

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    FINALLY!!!

    Found the thread I was looking for.
    Where an average joe like me could get real life basic results and input from pellet average joes.

    Did my Due diligence before buying my HARMAN Advantage.
    Excellent piece of machinery.

    However:
    I have been searching for 1 1/2 months for this kind of info. on the Pellets themselves.
    Not much out there.


    THANKS! for all the hard work & time you & others have spent.

    Sincerely,
  8. magsf11

    magsf11 Feeling the Heat

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    Jay thanks for all of your hard work. Not everyone may agree with the test format, but it is under your reall world conditions. Like you stated, the results mayvery, but it gives everone a idea of what pellets give the best bang for the buck. In simpler terms people can see what pellets you tested and if they have those name brands by them, they can pick up a few bags and find out what ones work best in their stove. Just like I did last yr. Once again thanks for your hard work.
    Jim
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    Let us know what you think of the Turmans as well, Good or bad, Its info for all the other burners. Seeing that every stove will burn them a bit differently(the YMMV part). Your comments are always welcome.



    STOVE CHOW Pellets:

    Any body heard of them?
    I read they went defunct before 2005.

    Does anyone remember or know how their pellets burn & ash content?

    Comments Appreciated...
  10. Pellet-King

    Pellet-King Minister of Fire

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    I burned Stow Chow for years before i knew any better, last batch i got smelled horrible, they told me they got sawdust from Canada, used to be $134 a ton at HD, i remember a 3 ton deal delivered for free
  11. 86 toy

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    i burned those 5 bags Turmans and went yesterday and bought a ton.. i had very good results with them. very little fines in the bags if any and they produce good heat and low ash. i can't wait to break open this ton and start burning them!
  12. ADVA

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    Jay,

    How do I tell the NEWP's from each other.
    I see you have in your list:

    NEWP-J1
    NEWP-S1
    NEWP-S2

    Looking at possibly picking some up to just check them out.
  13. ADVA

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    Jay,
    Does it say on the bag the plant where they are from?
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    My bags say Jaffrey right on it. I assume the ones from the Schuyler say they are from Schuyler. I had no complaints about the heat they produced, but found them ashy. The date on the bag was 1/09, so I assume they were scrambling to meet demand back then and I think quality slipped a bit. (Just my opinion). Like everyone else says here, try a few bags while it's still cold to test them out before you buy multiple tons.
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    Okanagan's/Turman's/Barefoots/Green Team/Somerset/Dragon Mtn./Spruce Pts./Pure Fire:

    I never burned any of these pellets & want to give them a try.
    Looking for suppliers on my way out to Nazareth PA. From North New Jersey.
    You from Jersey? I'm from Jersey?!?!?!
    Will be traveling 80W thru NJ & on 611/512/191 thru Bangor on into Nazareth PA.

    These are hard to get in NJ.
    Hoping someone could point me in the right direction :cheese:
  16. Jim H.

    Jim H. Feeling the Heat

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    Stoves and Stuff 610-966-2271 has the barefoots. The closest to where you are is Lehigh street. easy to get to, however will take 20 min to 30 to get there from Mikes (treecycle). They were also 275 last month. I would hope these places would start dropping prices soon!
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    Thanks,

    Gave Tim a call.
    Still trying to find a place a little closer.
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    STOVE CHOW Pellets...

    Anyone here ever burn them?
    Could you compare to a pellets from Jay's List
    on the first post of this thread?
    Might be able to pick up 20bags cheap.

    I am getting next seasons stock.
    Does this make me a "Pellet Pig"???
    oink:)

    LEN
  20. Lousyweather

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    uh.....wouldnt buy a whole years' supply until I KNEW they were quality product..........
  21. ADVA

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    I agree.
    I have a few ton already for next season.
    However looking for 1-ton of super premium grade or near that for the really cold days.
    At least in the mid 250 degree range based on Jay's charts.
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    I enjoy looking at the full information of the results and can figure out for myself that if he mentioned the longer pellets and if the temp was a little lower that a different feed rate could improve the temp. If the test still showed a bunch of ash and fines along with it that is something else to consider or think about. I know my quadrafire castile has different results with the rocky mountains and ozark pellets temp wise but the ash content and fines were pretty well on target for his test.

    Thank you very much for taking time to even measure the results and post the information, it is very interesting and informative.

    Keep up the good work, it is appreciated.
  23. Pellet-King

    Pellet-King Minister of Fire

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    This thread as the other should be pinned on the main page as a STICKY!!!!
  24. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    The way pellet change(from what I hear) I doubt you will see them sticky this.

    There is no way I could test this many brands again. It just takes to much time. I think we could all pool our talents and test brands all together. Even if we did some overlapping of certain brands it would not hurt. Trust me if this dummy(meaning me!) could do it anyone can!

    But we need to work out some details. And The big one is the heat(there will be difference's between stoves). Bag weight and volume are another.

    Can I get any volunteers???
  25. WoodPorn

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    I doubt I can match the dilligent analysis you've provided but I/we (the eng 25 an I) would be happy to serve in the jtakeman corps of pellet pyro-engineering.

    I've got 4 bags of last year's NEWP's and 2 t of Somerset I can start with, I'll start picking up some odd ball brands soon.

    Jay, how did you obtain the ash to weigh it? complete stove cleaning (flue and all) or just out of the burn pot?
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