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Pellet Preferences and reviews

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jimmieguns, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. jimmieguns

    jimmieguns Member

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    North American Pellets tonight b/c thats all Lowes had left--not my 1st choice--like the hardwood Green Supremes BUT he house is way WAY hotter tonight with these North Americans which everyone seems are poor quality--- 1st time using here so too osoon 4 me to comment........like the heat--may be b/c of all the snow on roof insulating the house better....

    thoughts??? on these appreciated

    have an Englander 55trp-10 (timberridge,summersheat)


    **also posted in a diff section on storm 2013 ***

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  2. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    I think most will tell you the Green Supremes are junk. North Americans may well be warmer.
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  4. DexterDay

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    North Americans are an average pellet. But Green Supremes are below average. IMO...

    I measure all my output temps with a K-type thermocouple and the GS's are some of the lowest temps I have read. Other than Penningtons. My only complaint with North Americans is the chemical smell?? :(
  5. jimmieguns

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    yeah thanks Dex for reply-- cleaned the stove today-the daily quickie- and had MUCH more ash than from Green Supremes-- so THAT i dont like but the heat levels coming from the Northerns is HUGE diff--- i thought i should only burn "hardwood" pellets- but am i incorrect on that? seems the blend is hotter-- the atoves EATS them up tho---almost double the usage against the gree supreemes-- guess i gotta weigh the diff in heat output from cot and decide?
  6. DexterDay

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    Hardwoods and Softwoods are not equal..

    Just like in a Woodstove, Softwoods are Hotter and Burn Faster.

    Its like the old Wives tale of burning Pine ;) Gonna start a Chimney fire!! Really? Tell that to the people in the PNW or Canada (all they have is Pine and Fir).

    Most Softwoods are Hotter and Burn MUCH cleaner. :)

    I love Softwoods and I love Pine for my Wood eater. ;)
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    Northerns? I think you mean North Americans. Northerns are a totally different breed. Much better quality IMHO.

    Both the North Americans and the Green Supremes are blends they both contain a mix of hard and softwood.

    All I'll say about softwoods is "once you try some you will be hooked"! I though the debate was all over. Does your manual stat hardwood only? I know some of the older units did have warnings in the manual. Trust me, The myth has been debunked. Softwoods from a quality mill will roast you cans and you'll be amazed at how clean the stove will be. Try some if you dare! ;)

    I burned pine in my wood eater too. Should seen the looks I would get from all these New England hardwood peeps! "Your gonna burn your house down" was the usual reply! Maybe if I burned it wet? An extra bit of seasoning and a moisture check gave me the quickest spring/fall warm ups I could ask for!
  8. DexterDay

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    Yep.... Same here. Love me some pine. Just season properly (as Any wood should)

    Burning pine will start as many chimney fires as it will make Millionaires ;) lol
  9. Thaddius Wenderoth

    Thaddius Wenderoth Feeling the Heat

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    While on the topic of pellets....
    I just bought a stove and the gal told me she would give me the rest of the pellets she had as well. I was like great free pellets! I should have left them. They are future fuel and these things are amazing how bad they are. I would say literally 5-10% fines. Lots of pieces of wood in there not in pellet form. I have been burning Lignetics and I think I have been spoiled. There is virtually ZERO fines. I see none at all even when I poor the last of the bag in. And there are only pellets in the bag, no 2x4's.
  10. jimmieguns

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    Thanks Dex----- love the heat coming outta the Northern Americans....the gree supremes say they are prem hardwood- so i guess abs NO softwood in there--the GS run so much lower on heat scale
  11. jimmieguns

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    Oh- and another thing I noticed since using diff pellets than Green supremes-- i WAS getting a nasty squeal out of the stove---and its 3 weeks old!-- since using the North americans-- noise is gone.....hmm.... maybe a problem on the way at later date with a fan-i dont nkow- maybe but for now i am betting its the pellets...........
  12. DexterDay

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    That squeal is the Carbon build up on the Lower auger. As it spins, its hitting the walls and "Squealing". A different pellet can help (less carbon) and them burning hotter will help also (burn the Carbon).

    The 2 auger stoves are notorious for this. Scraping the carbon when you do your weekly cleaning (or bi-weekly?) Will help eliminate this. A small screwdriver or chisel and a small hammer.
  13. john193

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    Since we are on the topic of softwood or hardwood, can you guys think of some softwood pellet brands? Can't find anything in PA for the one I know (I.e. vermonts). Alternatively, might pickup a bag of horse bedding from agway for a change. :)
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    Just started the Vermont's a few days ago. No fines and hardly any ash. Best softwood I've run in my stove.

    Softwoods- Vermont, Spruce Pointe, Mcfeeters, Trebio, Maine Woods, La Crete, and Okies. Don't know if you can get any of those in PA.
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    Thanks - googling now
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    I haven't seen any of those brands. The only softwoods I tried were some Rocky Mountain pine-beetle-kill at TSC few years ago.
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    Yea, nothing in my area either. Full of hardwoods here.

    I noticed you had energex listed in your signature. How do you like them compared to the barefoot? I've tried barefoot, but not energex.
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    No soft woods in PA that I know of . Did find a place in NJ that was selling Okies last year ,but price was high .

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    I just cracked open the ton of Energex the other day. Burned a couple of bags, but switched back to the Barefoots for the single-digits last night. The Energex seemed pretty good... less ash than I expected. I'll switch back to them today after the hopper's empty.
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    hah, nice find. Too far for me to drive around considering I can get barefoot, country boys and hamers within 12 miles.
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    Mr Warm offered a comment on why no softwoods in PA. Just though I would share, Don't shoot the messenger!

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    I hear ya, about an 80+ mile round trip for me and I would only be able to haul a 1/2 ton don't know if they sell single bags. Would I like to try them you bet , but I can get Turman's and Hamer's on my way home from work :cool:
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    Thanks Jay :) It's just simple economics . If they can't make a profit your going out of business.
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    Nothin shabby with those 2 brands. I bet you pay much less than I can get em for. Consider yourself spoiled IMHO! Turmans rock and Hamers are Hot to trot! ::-)

    There is a few southern softwoods that pass through PA on there way to New England. Have your dealer do some digging if you are interested.

    • Potomac
    • EasyBlaze​
    Both are from Southeastern Virginia. Might not be as top notch as the BC softies. But they will hang right with the likes of Energex and GAP/PowerHouse. Definetly cleaner than the average hardwood with comparable heat. Price would be the balance point.

    Edit:
    American Wood Fibers also has a softwood out this year. They have a plant in Ohio.

    One other thing is to look at the local feed stores that carry horse supplies. You can get pine bedding pellets. Might have a few more fines in them, But will give you an Idea on how a softwood pellet will burn in your stove.
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    Can't really argue with that! Thanks. So who is this mysterious Mr Warm?

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