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st_earl how are you crabbes doing

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by slls, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    Been burning any?

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  2. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    WELL???
  3. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i'm burning the remaining mwp blend right now.
    i think i have a little less then 40 more bags of those.
    i will definitely report in later this winter on the crabbes.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  4. MCPO

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    I thought he would be itching to tell us.:)
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  5. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    I burned around 10+ bags of Crabbes last year, and didn't like them. Dirty for a softwood. No where near a LaCrete.
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    I burned some last year, did not think they were anything special for the price.
  7. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    I bought 1 bag and burned this weekend, same dirty. Going to call SIB Monday and change to MWP softies, ya what I said.
    Broke rule #1, burn a bag first. I did before the delivery thank heavens.
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  8. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    the mwp softies just weren't enough hotter than the blend to be worth the extra money.
    if the crabbes turn out the same, i'll consider going back to the blend.

    if they're hotter, then that's what i want.

    if the local stove shop still has the crabbes at $219 like they do now, i'll be doing 1/2 ton runs in the subaru next spring regardless.
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    if the local stove shop still has the crabbes at $219 like they do now, i'll be doing 1/2 ton runs in the subaru next spring regardless.[/quote]

    At $219 I would consider buying them again, I think they are as good as the MWP Softies. I am going to double check the price down this way but I believe the last year they were $269. At $269 they are not worth it to me, would rather go with the Cubex or something like that for a few bucks more. But again at $219 I would buy them.
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  10. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    just started burning them last night (-7f). very pleased with the result .
    from the "trade a ton" thread-

    i'm shutting down the stove now to clean and will judge the ash from a clean start and post here with results.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013
  11. chken

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    I've been burning Crabbés and LGs. The LGs have been burning just a tiny bit cleaner than the Crabbés, with little ash and no fines. I've tried MWP soft and blend, and the soft were acceptable, but dusty, and the blend had a cupful of fines in the bottom of the bag. The blend left about double the ash. The Piazzetta has a tiny ash pan, so finding low ash pellets really make a difference!
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  12. St_Earl

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    i agree on the dustiness of the mwp. and the crabbe i opened last night had almost no fines at all.
    they do a double vacuuming at the plant, and evidently it's not a gimmick.

    both flavors of the mwp always left very dark ash.
    with the crabbe on the same settings, the ash on the vertical faces is white. what a concept. : )

    * been running these alone since cleaning. they are indeed much less ashy than the mwp softies.
    and much hotter too.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013

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