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  1. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    I recently picked up a ton of Barefoots for the dead of next winter. I popped a bag into the XXV to play with settings, and was surprised by pellet length. The pic below shows one just shy of 2.25 inches -- while that's the longest I found, many were near 1.75 inches.

    I've read about bridging on these forums, and that worries me. I swear I hear my auger breaking up the longer pellets as it turns. Maybe that's in my head?

    Are these pellets too long? Or am I just bored by spring and making up potential problems?

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  2. md2002

    md2002 Member

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    I tried out the Barefoots. Heat was great, they were clean and they burned for awhile. In regards to your post, and the reason I will never buy Barefoots is because with the Barefoots I could hear a constant cracking and popping coming from my stove. I've burned about 15 different pellets with my stove and the Barefoots are the only pellets that had this behavior. My stove seems like it will burn anything but the cracking and popping makes me think the pellets are to large for my stove. My guess is that they are getting crushed by the auger because of their size.
  3. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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  4. exoilburner

    exoilburner Feeling the Heat

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    I have the same situation with Atlas brand pellets from a new plant in Oregon. The longer pellets also cause my stove to shut down frequently because they jam up in the pellet hopper (bridging).

    The pellet bags are stored in my basement and would be difficult to haul up the steps and return them. So I break up the pellets and that fixed the problem. Breaking them up makes more fines in the pellet hopper but that never bothers this stove.
  5. md2002

    md2002 Member

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    Yup. my hopper never jammed but I wasn't going to buy more and find out if it would jam Could be the density of the Barefoots too. I've had other brands of long pellets and the hopper never popped only with the Barefoots.
  6. hooter04

    hooter04 Member

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    I had some cubex that were that long.
  7. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    My wife told me length wasn't that important... <>
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  8. h2ochild

    h2ochild Member

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    Mine too..But I'm still testing for the new Durability Standard for Premium grade......
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  9. DexterDay

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    Mine too.. ;)

    To the OP. 2" is pretty long but shouldn't pose that big of a problem. I only had a problem when they were an average on 2.25" and up to 3". Only shut down 3 times throughout the entire ton of AWF's. But it did happen.
  10. ghandy131

    ghandy131 Member

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    Bought a ton of Barefoots and Turmans couple months ago. Turmans burn HOT with little ash and worked GREAT. Barefoots are LONG, not as hot, clinkers, and more ash. My 10-CPM cuts through the long pellets with ease - but VERY dissapointed with the heat out put. Won't do that again. The Fireside Ultras I purchased at HD at $4.00/bag were cleaner, similar heat and a heck of a lot cheaper.
  11. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    It's not lenght it's girth;)
  12. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Excessive girth may be undesirable. So I've been told....
  13. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    Never really had the problem but maybe so;em

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