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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mmckee83, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. mmckee83

    mmckee83 Member

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    Hi all,

    So I did a post earlier asking about the quality of New England pellets. Thank you all for the insight, today I called all of the local places in town to get a much better idea of what is in the area and below is what we have in my area without having to drive a great distance. I know, I know the best thing that everyone has said to do is buy a few bags of each and see what works best in the stove (Cumberland mf3800). The only problem is that our stove wont be installed until the 31st and all of the places that I called said that chances are the prices are going to jump after this month so we would like to get a couple tons now before they go up. So any advice on the pellets below would be greatly appreciated. I will post pictures as soon as it is up and going providing I can make a pellet decision.

    Curran - $225
    Instant Heat - $224
    Warm Front - $224
    Appalachian Cheat River - $219.50
    North American - $209
    Green Team - $260
    Green Supreme - $209
    New England - $239
    Barefoot - $269
    Powerhouse - $239

    All of these prices are per ton. The pellets that I would love to find are the Somersets, from everything that I can see they are very good but I cant find them here.

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  2. pell it

    pell it Feeling the Heat

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    Can't speak for all of those brands, but Barefoot is the standout in that list.
  3. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Curran - $225 meh!
    Instant Heat - $224 meh!
    Warm Front - $224 meh!
    Appalachian Cheat River - $219.50 Word out looks pretty good and worth a try!
    North American - $209 meh!
    Green Team - $260 Good!
    Green Supreme - $209 meh!
    New England - $239 Jaffery plant is not bad other plants meh!
    Barefoot - $269 Very good!
    Powerhouse - $239 Good!

    I haven't burned Cheat River(still looking for em). I have burned all the others(and reviewed).

    3 stand outs are Cheat River(nice price). Power House and Barefoots. But I always suggest that you try before you buy! Then mix/match Barefoots for the cold season and Cheats/Power House for the shoulders? Greene Teams are good, But for $9.00 more go Barefoots easily worth the extra nickles!
  4. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Good job Jay! wtf did you do?
  5. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    I thought it was my computer!!:eek:
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  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Whoopsy! ;em

    All better now! :rolleyes:
  7. mmckee83

    mmckee83 Member

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    Huh that was weird.......now if there is only a way to delete it from the quote?
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    Have brand new Drolet ECO-65 & have 1 ton of Isabella plus 2 tons of McFetters bought at $4.20 a bag ($210 a ton) Canadian from TSC, both softwood. Getting reasonable heat, but wonder if paying a bit more ($1 a bag) for Cubex hardwood would be better. Appreciate your thoughts. Thks.
  10. Indiana

    Indiana Feeling the Heat

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    Just picked up 5 ton of Stove Chow from my local HD. $209 a ton plus used my 10% Lowes coupon for a total of $940.50. Oink! Oink! Now I'm ready
  11. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Thats the pupose of quoting. Then Jay boy can't deny his boo boo. ;)
  12. imacman

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    Of the ones you listed, I will defer to what Jay recommended.

    If I had to choose, I'd get a ton of the Cheat River and a ton of the PowerHouse.
  13. shisits

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    I bought 10 bags of the Cheat Rivers and was impressed. Burned hotter than Pro Pellets and less ash.
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    RKS130 Minister of Fire

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    To me - and only to me and with only one year of experience - I would go with the Green Supremes. They are now my pellet of choice (presumably out of the NY plant). I get a great balance of price, heat and clean burn. There is no question that others may put out a bit more heat, although I have always wondered if the technical numbers really translate into feeling warmer in a room a bit away from the stove. But I have not burned a cleaner pellet with this heat at this price ($209/ton). I tried other pellets, some of which are raved about, such as Cubex, but didn't like them near as much. Just one (recently newbie) man's opinion.
  15. allFIREDup

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    common sense tells me that there is no advantage in purchasing expensive pellets unless your stove is marginal in size for heating your home and you need to extract every bit of heat out of pellets or you purchased a stove that is not designed well and requires pellets with very minimal fines and a consistent uniform length pellet. I would go with green supreme if you're not in the category just mentioned. I've tried green team and much more fluffy ash than green supreme...not worth the extra cost. My stove Harman, easily heats my house so I'm sticking with green supreme....best bang for your buck.
  16. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I'll add some stoves are pickier than others and the burn quality of the pellet is more critical. The lower grade pellets may clinker in some stoves and drive the owner to fits. Can't make heat if the stove is all glogged up and backin up the chute.
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    not the sharpest tool in the shed if one buys a pellet stove to save on heating cost and then has to use expensive pellets to keep the stove working correctly. Paying 50-100.00 bucks more a ton adds up over the years.
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    A reason I plug the multifuel units. Much more tolerant to iffy pellets...... Many don't consider this as they mainly go for stove looks and prices.
  19. allFIREDup

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    I almost got sucked in towards buying a prettier stove than the Harman p43 but my gut instinct said go with the reliable ugly one. I managed to dress up the p43 nicely to suit my taste. The noise problem i had was solved by putting in another combustion motor and that fixed the problem. They had a new 4 year old motor in my new stove when i bought it. It was probably sitting in a warehouse for 4 years and corrosion developed on the bearings...made a rough sounding motor.
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    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    My Father tried instill in me "Quality will be remembered long after the price is forgotten"
    You should have seen the ash I got when I tried burning soybeans,almost no loss of volume.
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    I tried some soybeans a couple years ago. I thought the heat was good with little ash.

    Acorns also burn very good.
  22. Cowdogz

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    Barefoots aren't available around here, but when they were they were over $300.
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    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    My buddy up in NH has burned only NEWP's and Green Supremes (same pellet) for years in his Harman. Last year I sent him a couple of bags of Barefoot's, his response was "WTF did you send me rocket fuel?" He had never had such heat out of his stove. He is one of the stingiest people on earth and will now only buy a super premium pellet. His only defense was that he never knew...
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    kykel Feeling the Heat

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    Did you buy the acorns or just rake them up off of the lawn and did you crush them up. I have plenty of them
  25. allFIREDup

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    The green supremes easily heat my house. A pellet that cost more and puts out more heat won't be an advantage my case. If his stove is marginal for the size of the house then one has no choice but to burn more expensive high heat pellets or wear a jacket in the house. I bought a pellet stove to save money.

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