I see that the pellet vendors are all starting their early buy special pricing. Based on my two years of experience burning pellets I know that there is a difference in the quality of pellets. The problem is that there are so many brands out there. There is no way that I can sample enough of the choices to make an intelligent decision. I know that my Mt Vernon will burn just about anything. It even did a respectable job of heating with Inferno's. I know that I don't need super heat output, so the softwoods aren't a necessity. The amount of fines does bother me. Not because it is unused fuel, but because of the dust that spreads across the room when I fill the hopper. (The Mt Vernon insert hopper design sucks.) This brings me to an aside. Did you ever think about what 1/2% of 40 pounds looks like when it is dust? 3.2 ounces (by weight) of dust is a chit load of dust. Back to buying decisions. My experience to date includes: Inferno's (2 tons) Relatively poor heat output and moderately high ash. Lignetics (1/2 ton) Good heat output, lots of fines, very fine low ash. Greene Teams (2-3/4 tons burned, 1-1/4 tons in reserve) Good heat output, moderate fines, moderate coarse ash. So how do I decide where to invest this years heating budget? I know that the choice isn't going to change my life, but the Engineer in me wants the decision to be optimized.