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pellets you bought

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

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  1. PutnamJct

    PutnamJct Member

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    Friend of mine was an Allegheny only burner. He has an older "picky" stove that only liked to burn certain pellets. Our local dealer had Barefoot cheaper this spring and he tried some. He now has Barefeet like me :)

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  2. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    I just got a ton of "clean energy". Has anybody ever used theses??
  3. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    Well, at least I know I didn't get a bad lot. I have 1/2 ton left, I've been mixing them in with my Bearfoots to burn them off.
  4. PutnamJct

    PutnamJct Member

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    When it was hard to find pellets a few years back, I was trying all different brands from different sources. Probably tried 10+ brands (Kentucky Komfort, LG, The Home Despot brands, Lowes, Generic ones at Sams Club ,etc) The PA were definitely the worst. Can't stress how crappy they were! I was half expecting a dead beaver to fall out of the bag at some point! And that would have really sucked!!
  5. redhat

    redhat Member

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    I just bought 8 tons of NEWP that were produced in their new plant in Schuyler, NY. So far I've been very pleased with the quality.
  6. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Clean energy By lowes dont burn as hot as The Green team i have.
  7. krooser

    krooser Minister of Fire

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    The Uncle Jed's I'm burning now don't quite have the heat output of the Fireside Ultra's but they are pretty clean with no clinkers...but the Fireside Ultra's have been the best so far..
  8. ootski

    ootski New Member

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    A friend of mine swears by Lignetics and found his at Tractor Supply Co. I am new to the game and not sure what is good or efficient yet jh
  9. bearpause

    bearpause New Member

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    This year I got what I thought was a ‘bargain’ on PA Pellets - oops.
    $199 /ton, but enough ash to clog the pot in two days.

    Burned almost exclusively Empire Pellets the previous two years -
    good heat, low ash - I could run the stove three days or more between cleanings.
    about $238 - $250 ton
  10. ootski

    ootski New Member

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    Using InstantHeat Pellets from I think PA about 200.00 almost NO clinkers minimal ash and good heat Still new at this and trying to figure things out but am happy so far.......
  11. SJones

    SJones New Member

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    started the season with energex at 250 a ton.Good heat but real dirty.Started to get low on them so bought a few bags of diffrent brands to try something different.Grabbed a few bags of fireside from home depot,really like these,good heat and pretty clean in my stove.Someone mentioned in a earlier post they thought energex and fireside was the same pellet.IMO i dont think so.energex would make my glass black in a few hours.fireside doesnt do this,in my stove at least.Went back to HD yesterday and bought a ton of fireside for 179.For that price i dont see how one can go wrong.If i had a place to store them ide go pick up a couple more ton for next year.
  12. steamguy

    steamguy Member

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    I'll be an oddball here, looks like most posts are from the East coast. :cheese:

    I have burned Bear Mountain:
    Good heat, but tons of fines (had to build a cleaner) LOTS of ash and sooty glass unless you use lots of air.
    $220/ton from Mom and Pop local feed store

    Golden Fire:
    a little less heat than Bear Mountain, almost NO fines, very low ash; you can run less air without sooting up the glass.
    $230/ton from Mom and Pop local feed store
  13. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    Have burned multiple tons of pellets through a bunch of stoves (harmans and whitfields) and have good results from following brands, take into consideration that transportation,storage and the number of times the pellets are moved will effect the amount of fines.
    New England Wood Pellets (Red Label-Made in Jaffrey NH)
    Northern-Lauzon(produced by Cubex)
    Allegheny
    Quality (softwood)
    Eagle Valley (softwood)
    Armstrong (softwood)

    I find that the softwoods generally have less clinkering but a lil more ash. The whitfileds seem to enjoy the softwoods more than the hardwoods.
    Always inspect your pellets to make sure they have a shiny surface to them. If they are dull thaey probably have been exposed to some moisture. All pellets should be about the same density (41 lbs/ cubed foot) and similar in heat output if they are not falling apart or something. I have seen 2 peple with the same stove prefer different pellets and have the same opinion of the other guys choice. I burn many tons (5-6) and know people who burn even more (up to 13 tons) and have no qualms using any of the above mentioned pellets. I'm sure even the pellets I have had bad experiences with burn great in some stoves and I always consider the fact that I could have gotten a bad ton (it takes about 1 shovel full of sand to ruin an entire ton) so I'd rather not talk bad about any product.
  14. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    Has anyone tried Eastern Embers? I've seen them for $250 a ton, but haven't heard if they're good or not.
  15. WestonFire22

    WestonFire22 Member

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    I burned 2 tons of Marth this winter ($230/ton), then went through about 3/4 ton of Fuel King ($3.49 bag) and just recently picked up a few bags of OHP, Ozark Hardwood Products, ($4.49/bag). Just trying to get through the first year. I started with the 2 tons, unsure of how much I would burn.

    Being the first year with the stove, the Marth and Fuel King seemed to burn pretty good. I would completely clean the stove once or twice a week, with daily cleanings of just the burn pot. I would say the weekly cleaning yeilded about 1 to 1 1/2 coffe cans full of ash for both the Marth and Fuel King. Will see this week how the OHP burn, they say they are 100% Oak sawdust. They have a different color and smell than the other two brands and didn't seem to have hardly any fines in the bag. The Fuel Kings probably had the most fines of all 3 brands.

    Bruce
  16. notflighty

    notflighty New Member

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    I'm trying to use up some Energex pellets now; they're terrible. I have to scrape clinkers out of the burn pot every day. I used some Boreals earlier in the season and they seemed to work fine. I love my Enviro EF2. It's simple and easy to use.
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