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Stove Chow for $209 Worth it?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Cleetussnow, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Cleetussnow

    Cleetussnow Member

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    Hi All

    I found stove chow for 209 per ton. Worth it? The next cheapest pellet i can find locally are Creeks and White lightening for $300. I can also get GS for $209 and they are OK, but not the hottest.

    We are getting out of shoulder season, so would like to use this in conjunction with the 'good stuff' for the rest of winter. Will it cut the mustard? My stove is a m55

    Thanks!

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  2. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Yes indeed....
  3. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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    I'd go stove chow over the GS, for sure.
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  4. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    stove chow is used by a lot of folks as a good shoulder pellet.... i don't know if you'll have the good heat you want for core season with them.
    i personally have never used them
  5. RWB1

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    I would pay more for a better quality pellet....IMO they are a medium heat, high ash pellet. The Green nSupremes burned better for me...didnt like them either.
  6. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    "Stove Chow for $209 Worth it?"
    Some say yes and some say no. You will never know the answer to your own question until you try them for yorself. Give them a shot!
  7. Cleetussnow

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    Oh I know that. 10 bags incoming...will give them a good run to see what I can get out of them.

    Will let you know after the weekend burn what I think.
  8. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Here's what you will say:

    ....If you have been burning those Green Supremes so far this season, then your'e going to love the Stove Chow.
    ....If you have been burning those Cubex, Dry Creek or O'Malley, you'll either say.." Ehh...or ....Ahhh not bad..."
    .....And if your pellet so far this season has been just the Country Boy White Lightning, AND you didn't have to carry your Stove Chow down 2 flights of stairs...well then you just may feel inclined to return them...:)
    Disclaimer.....This content is intended to be purely satirical. These opinions are that of the writer of this thread, and do not reflect the opinions of Hearth.com, its agents, or any of its affiliates. No animals were hurt or killed in the writing of this thread.
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    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Maybe no animals were hurt, but some electrons were seriously inconvenienced!==c
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  10. Cleetussnow

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    Perfect.
  11. DBCOOPER

    DBCOOPER Feeling the Heat

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    Unless the $300 a ton stuff puts out 30% more heat I would say go with the Stove Chow. I used them last year when I got them for $188 and I really didn't have any complaints with them.
  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    How the heck you guys figure this stuff out, 30% heat but doesn't it still have to last just about as long?
  13. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Wow...Now that's a man who don't like the Chows!
  14. DBCOOPER

    DBCOOPER Feeling the Heat

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    The cost is 30% more so if the heat isn't 30% more than the cheaper stuff makes sense.
  15. imacman

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    I'd get the Chow at that price....slightly better than a shoulder pellet, IMO. It's been down into the 20's here and the Chow did a fine job of keeping the house warm.
  16. kykel

    kykel Feeling the Heat

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    I bought a ton of the chow for the shoulder and thought the heat was pretty good. They do burn a little dirty but for 209 worth it.
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    Well They put their giant brains to work Uncle Jed and the guz in ta's = 30% ;lol and I'm still not sure if I want to be a double knot spy, fry cook or a brain surgeon [ some of you will get it & some won't ];)
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  18. tsmith

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    Stove Chow were ok in my stove. For the price you will be happy.
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    Dgopetactical Feeling the Heat

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    Finishing off a ton of chow I started last year, can't complain. I should be into the cheat river by Christmas.
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I just got the old sears calculater(fingers and toes)

    What happens when you get 30% mor heat but it only lasts 30% less in time?
  21. Cleetussnow

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    Ok have determined that pellets are excellent even though they have not yet hit my auger. I bought a ton.

    So let's say hypothetically that the white lightening puts out 9000 btus per our for $300. If the chow can do 6000 per hour, using rough math, on a dollar per dollar basis, these pellets are equal. If the chows can do more than 6000 per our, they are more economical. If they can do anything close to 8000, they are a bargain.

    Sound right?
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Gotta love this bunch here. Put the pellet stove in the basement before last season and asked about the Stove Chow for $187 a ton at HD. Get responses that the stuff is the greatest thing since natural gas. Just about the time I get the three tons lugged into the basement they become "Oh OK I guess. Maybe a good shoulder pellet." :mad:

    But I can say they are the best pellets I have ever burned.
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    That's the theory. Then there's the ash/cleaning part of the equation
  24. jtakeman

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    Farts are natural gas, Aren't they?

    Oh and aren't they the only pellet you ever burnt? Or second only maybe?
  25. Cleetussnow

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    Ok s let's say it takes 1 hour per month to clean my stove with white lightening. Let's say I value my personal time at $50 per our. Lets assume the chows make it so I have to double the clean up time.

    How many BTUs do the cows have to put out before they become economical vs. the white lightning? I got my wife on it right now. Award to the winner...

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