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Softwood VS Hardwood Debate

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by offingmoot, Aug 22, 2008.

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  1. DiggerJim

    DiggerJim Feeling the Heat

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    PFI info is the "minimum standard" for grading. All Premium pellets have to meet the same standard for <1% ash, etc. Some pellets are even better than that based on their source material. Sometimes that changes lot to lot so you generally won't see a lot of other numbers bandied about. You can check each manufacturer's website to see if they make any additional claims of their own. The Barefoot ones I have in the garage say they "exceed standards" but not specifically how much. The same is true of the Michigan Wood Pellets I've got - again they say they're better but the specs they list on their website are the standards although they do claim to pre-sift the pellets before bagging to reduce the dust. Both of them are hardwood but that's because that's what the dealers here sell. I'd be just as happy with softwood (maybe happier) as there's slightly more BTUs in a pound of softwood pellets than a pound of hardwood pellets and since I've got a thermostatically controlled stove, the more rapid burning of the softwood ones wouldn't bother me. Personally, I would be interested in industrial (standard grade) pellets if I could get them and the price was right - my stove can burn them so if they were cheaper enough, they'd be worth using. Just can't find them locally.

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  2. offingmoot

    offingmoot New Member

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    now thats some good info there thank you for sharing your experience with me it means a lot
    so i have heard that softwood will burn hotter but havent heard too much faster as well
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    Have frost warnings in the U.P. of michigan tonight!! and so the season starts again. Guess they can try out their brands of pellets for the next few nights.
  4. offingmoot

    offingmoot New Member

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    here in south jersey its been a a mild few weeks only put the ac on a few times...it is chilly at night but still above 60
    the few times i ran the stove for test runs for less than 10 minutes the stove room was blistering
    i kind of envy bing able to burn some meaningful pellets......bring on winter!!!!
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    swalz Feeling the Heat

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    I purchased three tons of Greenway pellets last year and found that they have a lot of dust and fins. They also produced a lot of ash and I had trouble with them jamming in my Harman XXV and not feeding. They did seem to burn hot but I will not be buying again.
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    offingmoot New Member

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    is greenway softwood? pine?
    where they any cheaper than other hardwood brands?
    why did you buy them?
  7. swalz

    swalz Feeling the Heat

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    The pellets I received were hardwood pellets

    Not really cheaper just had the stove install in Mid December and was not sure where to buy the pellets at the time.

    see above

    I still have just under a ton of them and I am going to mix with the Hardwood Heat I picked up from Tractor Supply, was told Hardwood Heat are made by Hamer and they seem to have very little fins and are around 1 inch and under in size. Picked up 4 tons @ $239.50 a ton; so I have a total of 5 tons and I'm set for the winter. :coolsmile:
  8. imacman

    imacman Guest

    I don't see it either....is it possible they removed it on purpose? Complaints from manufacturers whose pellets didn't measure up so well?

    Hope someone can find the list and post the exact web address....thanks!
  9. offingmoot

    offingmoot New Member

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    did a quick search on line and dont see anything
  10. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

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    Hello,

    My name is Shane Flury I was in the hearth industry for 8 years as an installer and fireplace store manager. I’m now just an average joe in a different industry but I still participate in the hearth.com forums. I’ve been sending people to your site to debunk myths like hardwood pellets are superior to softwood etc. I used to have a spec sheet that I downloaded off of your site that listed the pellet manufacturers and the specs that had the test results for their pellets listed (.25% ash content etc.) Do you still have such a sheet and if so where do I find it? If it isn’t publicly available, why not? I found it to be an invaluable resource in my fuel selection.

    Thanks

    Shane Flury

    I sent the email above to the PFI. Hopefully they respond.
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    offingmoot New Member

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    cool thanx shane
    dont know why i didnt think of that....very smart
  12. mtalea

    mtalea Feeling the Heat

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    Go with softwood preferably fir pellets.... burn hotter,longer and more btu's
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