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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kinglew, Dec 16, 2007.

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  1. davevassar

    davevassar Member

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    I was burning Barefoot. I bought a ton in late November. Some clinkers, alot of ash. I would clean every 2 days. I had tried New England Canadian, wasn't happy with the heat output. I have also tried Lignetics, seemed to produce good heat, however not as much as the Barefoot.

    Right now, I bought 10 bags of LGs. It's supposed to get real cold tonight and tomorrow. Down in the single digits. We'll see how they perform as far as heat output. when I was burning Barefoots, and it got real cold in December for a couple days straight, they kept my house nice and toasty warm.

    I'm hoping the LGs perform as well, lower amount of ash and no clinkers.

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  2. Nickolai

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    So far I've only used the Home Depot brand pellets in my stove, and only about 4 bags. The last bag I put in had tons of sawdust in it, not sure why so much because the others didn't.

    I bought a bag of pellets called Northern from a nursery nearby. Are these the same Cubex pellets you're talking about, the bag had this site on it. www.cubexpellets.com

    I haven't burned them yet, but I'm concerned with why they don't have the ash content on them like the HD ones do. They're also about 50 cent's more a bag @ $4.99, but I"m looking for the higher quality pellets, not necessarily the cheapest.
  3. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Dave how they do???


    John
  4. krooser

    krooser Minister of Fire

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    I've now used about 10 bags of Fireside Ultra's thru my St. Croix and I'm pretty impressed with them...good heat and very little ash. I've now got some Uncle Jed's from my local store and will try these before I buy another ton.

    My pick-up is in my shop and I can't haul many bags of pellets in a Mustang, either!
  5. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    I bought a ton of Fireside Ultras 3 days ago....and i have only burned almost 3 bags of them and I agree....They burn good and low ash and i have had no clinkers at all so far. Getting good heat out of them as well. Would buy again.
  6. rabidhunter66

    rabidhunter66 New Member

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    being new to this whole thing it sounds like there can be quite a bit of varience from lot to lot within the same company. Does anyone know what some of their QA guidlines would be throuout the industry if there is any? What does it cost per ton for the companies to make these on average? How are they graded and is it industry wide standards? I am not looking for goverment standards by any means in fact I am all for Uncle Sam keeping his dirty lil fingers out of it!!! Or am I climbing up the wrong tree...Maby one brand of stove can burn one type of pellet great (high heat no ash or clinkers) and in another brand crappy heat all ash and the burn pot is clinker solid?
  7. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    This what i'm finding out. this is my second year. I'm burning "Green team". it will be the last time.

    John
  8. gw2kpro

    gw2kpro New Member

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    Here you go. It's a like to the Pellet Fuels Institute site. When you buy pelelts, if it has the PFI symbol on the bag, they conform to PFI standards. If you go to the "Institute info" link on this site, there is a "prpposed PFI standrds" link that has the info you're looking for.

    http://www.pelletheat.org/2/index/index.html
  9. Nickolai

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    Well I just started burning the Northern Bear Necessities brand pellets and I think I might stay with them. They put out more heat than the Home Depot brand pellets and burn more consistently. The ash content is about the same I think. Only downside is they cost a bit more per bag at 4.99.
  10. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Who sells the northern bear necessities brand though?? They may not be around this neck of the woods maybe?
  11. Nickolai

    Nickolai Member

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    They're made by Cubex, which is a partnership with Lauzon Flooring from here in Ontario and Quebec. The pellets themselves are made in Wawa Ontario I believe.
    You may be able to find them near you, I got them from a plant nursery that heats with a pellet furnace.
  12. PutnamJct

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    I burned about 1/2 ton of LG last year, they were as good or better then the Dry Creek.
  13. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Thanks....I'll see if I can get ahold of a bag or two to try....
  14. davevassar

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    The LGs did ok. It dipped down overnight to 69 in the house. they burnt clean though. I bought a bunch of bags of Fireside Ultras. Burnt them last night, overnight low was around 28, the house didn't go below 71. The heat output is awesome. I'm going to clean it tonight. I'll let you know if there are any clinkers etc.
  15. johnnywarm

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    The LGs did ok. It dipped down overnight to 69 in the house. they burnt clean though. I bought a bunch of bags of Fireside Ultras. Burnt them last night, overnight low was around 28, the house didn't go below 71. The heat output is awesome. I'm going to clean it tonight. I'll let you know if there are any clinkers etc.[/quote]



    Cool! Thank you. John
  16. davevassar

    davevassar Member

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    I'm burning Fireside Ultras from now on. I like them and they are a bit cheaper than the others I have been buying at stove stores. There is another post on here where I explain what I have seen with them.
  17. Justaddwater

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    I'll be the odd ball here.

    I'm burning Country Boy "White Lightning" Pellets. No Joke!!

    Premium grade 100% oak. Made from kiln dried oak saw dust collected during the manufacturing process of solid oak hardwood flooring. MFG. By Southern Kentuky Pellet Mill. They are a member of PFI.

    No soot on glass.

    No ash/clinker, to speak of.

    Burn very HOT!

    No dust

    Consistant pellet size.

    First ton was free with purchase of stove .

    Second ton I paid $197.00

    XXV
  18. Philip

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    Justaddwater, have you tried Somerset pellets? They are also made in Kentucky out of hardwood. I'd be interested in your comparison of the two if you have. I only got five bags of Country Boy pellets from my stove dealer and I thought at the time that they burned hotter than the Somerset. However, I first noticed the formation of hard deposits on the sides of the burn pot liner when I was burning the Country Boy White Lightning pellets. Now that I'm burning the Somerset, I'm still getting a small amount of hard buildup so I don't know that they are any different in that respect.
  19. davevassar

    davevassar Member

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    Any ideas if Country Boy has a website to see if they have any retailers in my area?
  20. johnnywarm

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    southernkentukyhardwoodflooring.com I just sent them an email about CT and Mass.

    john
  21. StoveMiser

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    I bought a ton of InstantHeat pellets from a stove dealer for $235 that said (lied) they burn as good as the Dry Creek and Allegheny pellets he carries. After burning about 10 bags, the heat is poor. Seems to burn about half as hot as the Somerset pellets I burned previous. Lots of ash and klinkers too. Very dissapointed...
  22. Justaddwater

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    Hi philip,

    No I have not tried Somerset, but my local TSC sells them.

    I can tell you that my stove dealer is trying Somerset in his personnel stove and on show room. He told me, for what this is worth, that the white lightning were hotter but he felt Somerset were close. The reason he is trying Somerst was due to availability. With the housing market in a slumb it sounds like fewer people will be installing hardwood floors and he felt he may have a problem getting white lightning in the future.
  23. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    I've had the best luck with Comfort hardwood pellets.

    Good heat output, low ash.

    Barefoot and LG also have worked good for me.

    Stay away from PA Pellets, outrageously high ash contact and poor heat. Maybe I got a bad batch, but the ton I bought is awful.
  24. PutnamJct

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    PA Pellets were absolutely horrible for me too. Bought a few bags last spring. Filthy, tons of ash. Yuk!
  25. I4Favre

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    My neighbor bought some PA Pellets as well last year and said the same thing, never again. Too much ash and no heat. I try to stick with Wood Pellet Co. or Allegheny. Wood Pellet Co. being my favorite. Would like to try Barefoot or Countryboy though. They are both sold locally. Just afraid to switch from my normal, dependable pellets.
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