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Stove Chow wood pellets.

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by bo305, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. bo305

    bo305 Member

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    I recently saw Stove Chow wood pellets at Home Depot. I am curious if anyone has tried them. Are they any good? Are they hardwood or softwood? Thanks.

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  2. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    I went through a couple tons of them a few years ago and they
    burned well in my stove. Can't recall if they are soft or hardwood.
    Nowadays I get my pellets delivered from pelletsales and they don't
    carry this brand but I would take them if they had these.
  3. slvrblkk

    slvrblkk Minister of Fire

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    I thought Stove Chow went out of business.
  4. sparkydog00

    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    I believe you are right....seem to remember them going under 5 or more years ago.
    Does the bag still have a website you can go to to win a ton of pellets?
  5. bo305

    bo305 Member

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    I checked the website and it does not exist anymore. They must be left over stock.
  6. pelletfan

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    I don't think this is left over stock.
    That's the brand Home Depot sells here - NY.
    Local HD runs through 30tons every other week.
    I got 3tons of it. Price was OK. They burn fine in my Stove, no issues at all.
    Can't compare it to any other Brand as this is my first season.
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  8. BubbRubb

    BubbRubb New Member

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    My Home Despot in MD had Stove Chow pellets for sale. But like most people's experiences with Home Depot's handling of pellets, the bags looked like they had been used to test shrapnel rounds.
  9. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Yes, the HD staff at a few stores do not seem to care for the inventory well at all, as it may be beat up before you buy it. It is a matter of the leadership by the local HD store management.
  10. sparkydog00

    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    Does it say on the bag where it was made?
    Where they made by catamount in adams ma?
    if so i do think the company went under and
    i seriously think hd must have a giant wharehouse full of old pellets
    hd's in 2002 or so carried stove chow around these parts
    haven't seen it since
    the hd's around these parts seem to get the fireside ultra
    at least last time i checked
  11. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    Catamount is alive and well.
  12. mark d fellows

    mark d fellows New Member

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    I am burning them now. I consider them to be an excellent pellet and number 2 after Lignetics. They have a clean hot whitish flame, very little fines per bag and maybe 1/4 cup of sawdust per bag.

    This based on the 3 bags I have burned so far. I intend to get more and wouldn't hesitate to buy a ton.
  13. mark d fellows

    mark d fellows New Member

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    Stove Chow update:

    I am on my fifth bag and first bag from a different pallet. They are the cleanest burning pellet I have used. Cleaner than Lignetics it seems. The reason I say this is the glass seems to stay cleaner, longer than with any other pellet I have used. They burn as long or longer than even the hard wood pellets I have used. It got down to 15 last night and I woke up to a hopper that was almost half full. I have consistently run out of pellets over night with any other brand.

    They would be my number one brand, however I don't have the experience of use with these as the Lignetics as I have burned almost a ton of the Ligs.

    Mark :)
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  15. Loki3285

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    We've had a pellet stove for approx. 6 years. So far this is the BEST brand we have experienced. The price was very reasonable @ HD in our area plus we got an extra 10% off for military discount. The ash is very fine and the pellets seem to burn evenly and thoroughly. We are very happy with this brand so far. The bags are packed well on the pallets and since we've had rough rains lately so far we haven't had any bags explode with swollen pellets. Unlike last year when we bought from Lowes and the different brands burnt differently and we lost several to moisture. Hope this helps!
  16. dsnedegar3

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    I tried the Stove Chow and they were pretty good pellets. But I saw the post regarding Lowes having Green Team pellets for $218 less their 10% off sale so that's $197. If I can get Lowes to send me a 10% off coupon I'll hopefully get the same deal that brings the price down to $179. As for the pellets, I picked up a few bags and they burned much hotter than the Stove Chow in my opinion. Also, there were very little fines. Probably the least I've experienced.
  17. imacman

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    I burned a couple of bags last week, and must say that at least for a shoulder season pellet, they were not bad at all. Ash level seemed normal, low fines in the bag, and seemed to give good heat. I wouldn't have any issues burning them.
  18. mark d fellows

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    As I think I might have said, I like them also. I was wondering though..

    What is the 'shoulder season'?

    Thanks,

    Mark :)
  19. jtakeman

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    Mark, We are in the 1st shoulder season. The second is in the spring time.We refer them as shoulders season. Because you don't need a pellet that has very high heat output to get by. We tend to save the high heat stuff for the really cold season. The wood burners say the same. I used to burn my soft maple, Ash and Birch. Save the Oak and Locus for the cold.

    I think shoulder season was because some would wear there sweaters on there shoulders in stead of puting them on all the way. Its been around for many a years.
  20. mark d fellows

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    Thanks, I just really couldn't figure out what that meant. Now that I know, it will make it easier to determine peoples experience with pellets and such. Now if you say, "they're okay for the shoulder" I will know what you mean.

    Thank you!

    Mark :)
  21. LisaAkari

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    Hi - new here! I came because I was interested in more information on Stove Chow. We just recently bought 10 bags of these at Home Depot for around $4 a bag - cheap considering bags are usually $5 or $6 for other brands. I really like how the pellets burn in the stove. They seem to be cut slightly smaller than others, and they seem to burn completely with little ash. What is left over in our pellet tray is very compact and a small amount, even after hours of burning. I'm very pleased with this product and will look for it again, although our Home Depot brings in different brands all the time.

    Stay warm!
  22. little_hawk_59

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    we have stove chow at our homedepot for $179 a ton
  23. Indiana

    Indiana Feeling the Heat

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    Bought a few bags from HD, lowes and tractor supply. I liked the Stove Chow best. Now I have 3 ton. So far so good.
  24. skidozer

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    I bought 2 bags at Lowes last week in my area $175 a ton. They burned fine for me not alot of fines or ash maybe not as much heat as my drycreeks but think I will buy a ton at that price.
  25. imacman

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    From what I saw burning them, and also from what other members have been saying about them, they are not half bad.....much better than I expected. If I needed "shoulder season" pellets, these would do nicely at that price!

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