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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Bigjim13, Nov 23, 2009.

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  1. Swaybar

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    Super deal on last years pellets

    Maine Woods $200.00 a ton

    Little higher ash but for $200 a ton who can beat it.

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  2. mascoma

    mascoma Feeling the Heat

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    I saw $8.49 per bag for appling counties at our little local grocer in old practical NH.
    I almost puked.
  3. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I saw $219 a ton at Lowes in Lincoln Square Worcester, not sure what brand, they did have three different brands there and I didnt recognize the bags.
  4. imacman

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    Michigan has sales tax on pellets?
  5. pelletizer

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    My Brother in-law down in tennesee bought Black Beard hard wood Pellets for $209.00 at ton (pick up only)
  6. Raven20

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    My HD in Rosedale Md has Stove Chow and Bayou pellets for 249.00 a ton.....4.98 a bag........The Bayou's are garbage and the Stove Chow is decent in a pinch......
  7. jsvo

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    home depot in my area is selling bayous pellets and dropped price to 249.00 per ton.have plenty of them
  8. imacman

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    Just stopped at HD today, and they have the big "buy more, save more" deal still going on. They had Pennington Instant heat(?), and Lignetics Pres-to-Logs.

    Never burned the Pres-to-Logs, so I grabbed a couple bags to test burn...their a softwood/hardwood blend, so it should be interesting.
  9. imacman

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    Thanks BTU and Jay. Yep, that's kinda what I figured I'd do IF I ever bought any in quantity, but right now $$ is tight, so I'm just doing "testing" burns w/ different pellets in the 10-cpm for future reference.
  10. jtakeman

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    macman let me know what ya think once you burn them?
  11. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    What the heck are you talking about? Btu's don't lie. I don't like the fuzzy logic here. I have used Lignetics for several years. They are the original and well respected product, but don't take my word for it, and don't take an annectdotal test in someone's parlor. Take the word of the PFI fuel tests. What your stove's performance is, does not a product make. My stove works great with Ligs and losey with Energex. To attribute a low temp output is really bogus. Tweak the feed rate or turn down the combustion air and you can smolder the best. But don't ever take that for scientific.

    For example. I can get 53 mpg in my 1 ton van fully loaded pulling my trailer fully loaded. You should buy it right? Well, what I won't tell you is I took the test over 15 miles all down hill on a brand new stretch of freeway, with a leed truck breaking up the wind. Now my brother's Camry is a piece of crap and only gets 7 miles to a gallon. Did the same road test in reverse and set the timing back three degrees and plugged half the air intake and had the brake half on and did it in first gear. Oh, but I was also going up hill.

    Fair test? About like the evaluation of the pellets.

    Oh, do any of you sell Ligs, or just the competition??????
  12. packerfan

    packerfan Feeling the Heat

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    I've burned the press-to's, and found them to much better than "below average". But then again, what works good for me, may not work the same for you.
  13. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    Well, no bias and because Jay said it, it has to be right. I'd like to know the standards used and the method of measurement. Too much to ask?

    For your information. The bagging of Lignetics from their Western Plant is done for name recognition. I don't think they have two lines for a different line just low enough to make a difference, but not low enough to make them less than premium. Then turn around and ship only the good ones to you worthy ones in the East and stick us Westies with the crap. If Jay wants to explain his methodology and if he adjusted the stove for optimum use with each product or left it the same, maybe we can get a real picture of the product comparison. Well, at least a better picture of his opinion. You tooting the horn only sounds like sour grapes to me.
  14. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    Oh, and just so you know. I'm a dumb old woodworker who takes burning seriously and has 30 or 40 ton under my belt. But, I would never claim to know one better than the other. I have only spoken ill of one brand/label/manufacturer. They deserved it.
  15. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    BTU,

    You just don't get it do you? The difference is the bag. THE BAG. Same pellets, same plant same process line. They are not different, just different BAG.

    I think Jay needs to defend himself, may not need to, but you are spreading an umtrue rumor. That's you not Jay.

    I tried to compare it to a car and mpg. Apparently it didn't take. In the old days, cars with carburators could be adjusted. Rich, lean, just right. Was the just right setting used in the tests for all brands, sacks, labels, and so forth.
  16. FireintheHole

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    Up here in the U.P. I was charged the regular 6% state sales tax on pellets.... that doesn't figure right for the offjack purchase... if 6% was
    supposedly charged. Anyway, electricity here is taxed at 4%, why aren't wood pellets taxed at the same rate or less? It seems that this state
    has to work on taxes for biomass fuels........it's time to complain, again to the area rep. and senators.
  17. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    This is a one liner: Bad Science. Faulty data. Poor test controls.

    Put the "data" out as much as you can and someone will believe it.

    It's your credibility that is in question now.

    Jay may have done a great job, but I want him to tell me what that job was.

    I know Lignetics did some heavy contracting last year and cut out some small shops to supply the BBB's (big box boys) but they have increased production and adjusted their distribution. Rail service from No. Idaho is real easy and cheap.

    My last word to you is, tell everyone who listens how losey the product is and how inferior is burns and disregard the opinions of all who have posted they thought they are good pellets. Tell your friends and customers to stay away from them. Thus we in the West who value the Presto name can have an abundant supply of quality pellets. It might even force Bear Mountain to move East to me and I can get another excellent product.

    Tomorrow when you look back on your rant this evening think, "I will never have to worry about any of the reasonable readers on the forum crossing the doorstep of my business."

    The end of this.
  18. jtakeman

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    Why do I need to defend myself?

    Its all here in black and white.

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/42511/

    If you spend the time I tried to discribe everything as plain as day. Don't for get there are 2 Lignetic mills. One out your way and one east of the mississippi. Really littlesmokey, I do like the Lignetics product(burned them for years) . There are both the Hardwood lignetics and the Pres to logs. I tried to be honest and fair with every brand. No hidden anything. The numbers are what they are!

    If you don't like what I did, Then do it yourself. Its all there.
  19. curtthegreat

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    You're right fireinthehole, I'll look at my receipt today and check the figures. Those numbers are not correct with mich. tax.
  20. littlesmokey

    littlesmokey Minister of Fire

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    Jay,

    No need to defend yourself. Just asked about methodology and felt you could tell me better than anyone. Your black and white chart tells me nothing about your technique. Still didn't say if you adjusted your stove for different fuels. That's OK.

    If you feel that the POL from Lignetics is inferior, no problem. I certainly would let my facts stand on their own and ignore the comments of others.

    I have used the products from a variety of makers and find that there is no universal setting and that adjusting the settings can improve the performance of most, but not all fuels. Depending on the material used, the process, density of compaction and level of heat the pellets burn very different. I do not burn oak the same as lodgepole pine for the same quality of performance.

    Gritty, black, heavy and excessive ash are a product of the combustion process. You can blame it on the pellet if you like, but I would think you can adjust ffor variables and either eliminate or reduce the poor performance. You can start off with the, "I really like it, BUT...." and mislead others into thinking your way. I just don't agree.

    I suppose those of us who have been around pellet burners for over 20 years are all old fuddy-duddy's we don't know nothing. I didn't know, for example that Lignetics East Coast auxillary plant was in West Virginia, always heard it was in Virginia, but my geography ain't so good. And I also didn't know we only got the second rate products from them. The really good stuff was going back East 'cause they know better. Well, that's OK with me. I've had access to brands that you only wish you could burn for shear performance. They don't make enough even to ship out as far East as me. Now I have a local plant that is making some damn fine pellets and will never ship your way either. They are just too small an operation.
    BTW, nice show and tell. Pictures and charts are well done. More details about your stove and the technique would help. If BTU likes the data for a slam campaign and you think it's right, so be it.

    My part of the world we call that anecdotal information. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for me.
  21. jtakeman

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    This thread has nothing to do with my testing. Might be better to discouse there. We are hi-jacking this one!

    I adjust my stove same as you. As much air as possible. If you provide too much air, You only bounce them out of the burn pot. And send some of the heat up the vent.

    All the pellets I burned are adjusted the same. With draft air. I leave the feed alone(same lbs/ hour). I am being as fair as I possibly can with all brands.

    I just sent an email to Lignetics asking if they are in fact the same pellets as the hardwood ligs. See if they respond.

    Are you 100% sure they are the same pellets? Do you work there?

    I am only on my 11th burning season so maybe I am just a newb to you. But I have burned more than 45 tons myself!
  22. Gumby1

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    Hey Jay dont let one Pellethead knock ya down. You have provided all the info you could and also a disclaimer but some people just dont get it. You are doing a great job on this and spending your hard earned $$$$$$ on this test. Should be fun to read the results but if they dont go the way someone wants them then you are biased. Keep up the great work I for one am enjoying the results. And BTU we love all your comments. :cheese:
  23. geek

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    now, let's get back on track.....what's the price today? :)

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  25. geek

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    the Lowes in Wallingford, CT has the promo, if you buy 1 ton is $25 off, so 247-25=$222 per ton.
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