So there's a farm store not too far from me that sells Valfei pellets. They quoted me a price of $250/ton for either Ambiance or Orford - not too bad. I burned a ton of Ambiance last year and liked them. There isn't much info on these pellets out there, and some of it confusing, so I called Valfei in QC. The gal on the phone seemed to know her stuff - here's some of what she had to say: The hardwood blend in the Ambiance pellet is sugar maple, cherry, and oak. There are two varieties of Orford pellets - hard and soft. The hardwood Orfords are the same pellet as the Ambiance. The softwood Orfords are by another manufacturer in QC - Valfei doesn't make their own softwood pellets, they swap inventory with the other (un-named) maker. The softwood Orfords are not Douglas Fir - they are a mix of pine and spruce. They had a fire in a plant a few years ago and, to satisfy softwood pellet demand, they imported pellets from the west coast for a time - those were of Jack Pine and a miserable failure - she burned some herself. Subsequently, softwood Orfords were only marketed in the US starting last year.