Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by lecomte38, Mar 5, 2013.
Except which pellet would be rum rasin?....I mean NOBODY likes rum rasin!
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Another that can fudge the list is ash content. Then the picky stove that might clinker with pellets like say the Hamers. My stove doesn't clinker nor does ash effect it like some of the others stove. I have burned pellets like last seasons Cubex that rocked in the heat department. Others say too much ash. Hamers that clinkered and mine again wasn't effected. Both rocked in the heat department.
I tend to rate mine by heat. Others tend to on ash. Add the dollar factor and its a bucket a worms. Wood species is also something you could rate them by, Douglas fir is the hottest/cleanest I have ever burned from a softwood pellet. Oak is the hottest/cleanest from a hardwood pellet.
But definitely fun chatting about them. With the dollar factor and the heat produced, My fav this season is the PTL's. A bit of ash, But for what I paid and how hot they are. I couldn't help myself. Like a drug when you get that nitch pellet that fits your needs!
Country boy the worst of the best? Hell effin' no, those things are a nuclear reactor in a 40 lb sack!
I do like the sandy oak pellet ash.. I need medication or booze, I now have a favorite pellet ash
WTF Somerset not on the list
Seems it may be easier to list the list of the worst
As a newb, this is a fun thread. I see a lot of trends based on combing through older posts; some certainly rise to the top.
Unlike these FSU's I got from the depot for 209... ha, here i go! I hate the gravel-like ash! I feel like I am drowning my poor Harman
I found that the O'Malley's has decent heat output but also had too much ash.
I liked Statesmen, Hamer's, and Lignetics.
Thanks for taking Ambiance off the list. They should rename them "Ambivalence". They were CLINKERIFIC! Now that I have gotten my thermocouples I want to do some real testing. I've been using Vermonts for a few weeks and I've got the stove working were it's happy. Now I need to burn up some of the other brands I've got laying around the living room.....Maximum, Ambivalence, Cubex, Northern (Cubex), Green Team and McFeeters. Plus FSU's and NEWP's in the basement. I can go a day or two w/o emptying the center ash pan on VT's. It'll be every day with the others, maybe more.
Douglas Fir is definitely the hottest and cleanest of the batch. NO contest! Everything else is a shoulder fuel. Please don't shoot the messenger of reality. Our western pellet burning brothers and sisters are very blessed to have DF available. I do love the top shelf hardwoods........but I do believe the western species are superior.
I have yet to find a pellet here in NH that comes close to New England pellets!!
Close in what? Low heat, high ash , and complete waste of money ? Please expound.
Possibly a paid advertisement? Just wondering what pellets they tried.
NEWP's are bottom third, at best. If those are the best you've used, you haven't used anything good yet.
Other than Presto log, I have not seen any of the pellet brands mentioned here. Are you sure you guys aren't making up these names?
It must be a regional thing.
wva and never heard of hammers?
CT pellet and I are the only ones willing to post a top 10 list ???? HOW ABOUT SOME MORE TOP 10 LISTS.
I find the similarity between out lists interesting and informative
I also agree with all the comments regarding uniformity between years and mix batches from any single mfgr. (NEWPs were very good 5 years ago) Also pellet age, inside/outside storage, humidity, hard/'softwood, location, certainly affect the choices .
I'll post mine after I burn the La Crete's-CountryBoy and Orfords. But for sure Turmans are in my top 5!
Good enough reason in most books but it still depends on what one can score and at what price.
I'll spring for a cleaner burning higher btu pellet if the premium isn't there or is within reason.
Sometimes one lucks out, sometimes all there is is rum/raisin.
Nothing comes close to being #1 in NH than New England pellets. Heat, low ash, quality If I can't get New england Pellets I burn propane!! and I haven't had propane delivered since 2006. If you live in new england look for New England pellets they make a mix and a hardwood both are 5stars. one is a tan bag and the other green. One is a mix and really good heat and the other is hardwood ans last longer but less intense heat. Both have about the same ash.
Last I knew NEWP only offered a blend no matter what bag it was put in. What brands are you comparing NEWP's to?
That's not enough 30 pack ok that's better
I've burned Okies, Barefoot, Hamers, Vermont, among others and I still go back to Turman. I guess I don't have much spirit of adventure. However, I would like to try the La Cretes. A friend burned them and loved them. BTW, I burned Ambiance, not impressed at all.
I think he's in Western Washington.....state.
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