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Pellets, Pellets, Pellets !

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

  1. DexterDay

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    Somersets for $175 in Ohio every year. Several times a year.

    Pellets do change from year to year, hell, even batch to batch. But companies that strive to have a consistent fiber, are those that continue to have a Hot, Consistent, and Quality product. A few of these companies are Somerset, Turman, Okies, etc...

    Its all about the price point for me. I do it save money. My stoves handle ash pretty well, so the heat is of a concern. But I have it limited to just a few brands I will buy. I have not paid over $200 a ton in several years now. Closer to $175-$190 a ton. . . Especially when Somersets go on sale at Menards :) :) :) :)

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  2. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    Schoondog, I believe the key phrase in your comment is "for the same price" . Yes, there is absolutely the consideration that a higher quality pellet may give off more heat and therefore require fewer pellets be burned thereby justifying the higher price paid for that pellet. It may be that you reside in an area where you have a high availability of a variety of pellets and prices are reasonable.

    But there are people who are not so lucky. I would love to be able to burn a high quality pellet like an Okie or Cubex during the coldest months. But where I am, these pellets are over $300 per ton. I can buy MWP blend for $197 per ton. My consideration right now is that this $100 in my pocket means much more. For what I have in my area for pellets I have absolutely referred to J's wonderful research and comments. (Thanks, JTakeman!)

    If the Cubex And Okies were $197 per ton? You bet I'd buy them in a heartbeat. Might even become a Huge Hog in the process!

    In the meantime..... to each their own. Everyone will make the determination what works best for them whether it be for financial reasons, what their stove likes, availability, or even personal reasons.

    Have a great day everyone! :cool:
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  3. allFIREDup

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    Ha, I don't doubt for one second that you've rubbed elbows with others..mods should take note of that. Not sure what's so funny about using a low priced pellet that gets the job done...odd sense of humor. Green Team had more ash and slightly more heat. Just not worth the extra cost. Some of us put our stove in the correct spot and it easily heats our home. You probably have your stove in your basement and now need to spend more on pellets to keep the wife and kid from freezing. Not everyone needs a more expensive super BTU pellet. I like your subjective pellet sniffing reviews though..... "smells like wax" maybe cuz i had my fingers in my ears..i dunno.
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  5. hotdawg

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    LOL! Can I have some of that popcorn?
  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I think this has gone on long enough, So I took a step back and read your thread and postings. I see you are only comparing GT's and Green Supreme's(sorry didn't notice that before). GT's being more expensive by quite a bit. And the GS's having the better price. So I too would go the same route that you choose. Lowes used to think that all pellets were similar and carried the same price. Now they caught on and have tried to get more for what they say is a premium pellet with the GT's. They both are premium pellets IMHO. So I apoligize and agree 100% with your choice!

    I sometimes forget that some area's don't have the choices available that are available in my area. I have a rather large selection easily found within a 25 mile radius of my location. I am spoiled with a rather large selection to choose from.

    "The wax smell" Some mills use parifin wax in the process as a binder. There has been others that notice it from time to time. Whether you believe it or not. That was what I found. Am I entitled to an opinion?

    Good day!
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  7. mralias

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    1/2 time ;? Need food, drink and a bathroom break.
  8. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Nah, I surrender! Have mercy(pitty) on an old fart! :(
  9. JBiBBs5

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    Jtakeman, if you consider GS's a premium pellet, what would you consider a standard/average pellet?

    I ask because I burned a few bags of GS's last year and didn't like them any better than the stove chow. Personally, I wouldn't consider either of them to be "premium."
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  10. slls

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    Wax as a binder, or for using less power for compression?
  11. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I believe he is going by the industry definition of premium.....
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  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have heard binder by an insider. I suppose it could ease compression or even act like a die lube. Then again what do I know! ;em

    Yep! Every pellet I have seen with or without a PFI label is rated premium! All it takes is less than 1% ash to be classified as such. Super premium is less than .5% ash.
  13. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    All pellets are the same that is why the 2008 first run xxxs got the high five from so many people they said premium on the bag and burned just great in them Harman stoves just ask Sparky Dog.

    My bags all said premium on them, they sure burned hot, well when they weren't a glowing mass in the burn pot.

    I do hope everyone understands that the preceding statements are just drowning in sarcasm juice.
  14. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    First run MWP's were nothing compared to TreeCycle and Lake Region would give them a good run for the money. ACP would make many a stove refuse to open its hopper. I have burned my share of junk(these are just a few brands)! Yep, they all said premium on the bags too! I don't dare say anything about inferno's, Some may actually like them.

    At least ScotL made some changes and is still chugging along. The others are long gone, But I'll never forget em!
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    What is sarcasm?
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  18. jtakeman

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    MWP pellet are good for that price! If your stove needs a little help when its cold see list below! I think the Canawick and the McFeeters might be worth checking out. PWI impressed me very much. Really it depends on your budget.

    • Barefoot: Nice hot pellet
    • Canawick: Our friends up north(CA) say they are pretty good
    • Cubex: Nice hot pellet
    • La Crete: Word is they are pretty good
    • Maine's Choice: MWP are a better deal
    • McFeeters: Decent heat
    • Okanagan-Softwood: Nice hot pellet
    • PWI: Hot pellet as well
    • Spruce Pointe: Also a softwood: Nice hot pellet
    • Trebio: Decent heat might be a bit ashy
    • Vermont: Also a softwood: Nice hot pellet
    As always please try before you buy if at all possible!

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  19. JBiBBs5

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    Those prices seem really high but the selection is great. I've burned Vermonts and barefoots. Both were super hot with very little ash (especially the Vermonts)

    If you're buying on a budget I would go with the MWP or green supremes for half of your supply. Either of them should be sufficient for fall and spring. Get some of the good stuff for the winter.
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    Fired up must have posted somthing pretty interesting to have jtakeman make GS apremium pellet. I'm thinking about taking the ignore off and reading it. Did he hook up a auto stirrer to the rig so he won't have to break up those clinkers manually or somethin ? ahh I just can't do it.

    Schoondog
  21. gbreda

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    I am currently burning the MWP blend. So far, little ash, decent heat and stove is clean. $209 is a good price point for these.

    ETA: Personally, I would take the MWP over GS if price was equal. Just my 2 pennies.
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  22. jtakeman

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    G, I didn't dare say that. But I thunk it! ;em
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  23. gbreda

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    Hey J

    What can I say; I've used both and prefer one.

    I was away from this thread for almost a week. WOW ! Rather entertaining stuff!

    Maybe this would have helped

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  24. ghandy131

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    Tried GS last year and didn't like them. Tried again this year and loved them. Bought 4 ton and have had great success burning them. Low ash, no clinkers, high output temps (255 degrees at setting 7/7). Paid $188/ton at HD and the results thus far are similar to the Turmans I have and love but cost $287/ton. Will keep the Turmans for the coldest days.
  25. UMainah

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    Out of all those prices, personally I'd go with MWP. The Home Depot up here is selling MWP for $197 and if you pick up a 10% Lowes coupon at the post office you can get them for $177.

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