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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by LMPS, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. LMPS

    LMPS Feeling the Heat

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    I was at Walmart this week and was out in the garden area and of course just had to take a look at what they had for pellets. Below is a pic. Are these the same as the Maine Wood Pellets blend that come in the bag with the log cabin on the front? Walmart is selling them for $197.

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  2. Bob Sorjanen

    Bob Sorjanen Member

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    yup
  3. SXIPro

    SXIPro Minister of Fire

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    I refuse to give my $$ to Walmart.
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  4. subsailor

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    HD and TSC are selling them as well at the same price. Although it's looking like most HD's are out or almost out.
  5. LMPS

    LMPS Feeling the Heat

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    I agree and you also have to deal with getting them. I do not believe Walmart will deliver. SIB is $219 ton ($210 if you pay by cash or check) so for the $13 difference I will stay with SIB.
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  6. DOLLARBILL

    DOLLARBILL Member

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    SIB is a nice local business !just as soon see my $$ stay in Maine ,now mind you it could be Rockys or the fellow in Lisbon Falls as well !
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  7. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    I have spoken to both Steve at sib and the gentleman at Maine pellet sales in Lisbon falls and they are both very nice people.
  8. Boondoggie

    Boondoggie New Member

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    I just bought a house that came with a Napoleon NPI40 and a ton of CleanFire pellets... I've been burning those but realized I needed more to get thru the winter.

    I bought a couple bags of these (bag as pictured) MWP's from TSC to try... and I have to say they smell funny. Like made the car smell funny, and smell a little funny as they burn (or maybe just bause I poured them in the hopper... I can only describe the smell as old fryer oil smell? It made me think of my buddy's car that runs on veggie oil.

    Is it just me? I also bought two bags of Greene Teams to try... it may just be me?
  9. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have heard some mills use veggie oil to lube the dies. But AFAIK ScotL doesn't use lubes and isn't using anything but steam as a binder.

    So maybe he'll chime in with the scoop?
  10. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i am so glad steve comes up here to millinocket.
    even with the new tsc in town, it wouldn't be worth it to run back and forth in the subaru to get my annual 4 to 6 ton purchase that steve drops off in my driveway right by the chute into the pellet bunker.
    and i prefer to support a maine business as well. SIB in particular, because he provides a service i absolutely need.

    i still haven't tried the mwp softies i had him bring up this time.
    i'm hoping they are all that. and that he is selling enough to keep his price so wonderfully low.
    i got two tons this year. if i like 'em, a larger % of my stash will be softies next year.
  11. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Mine smell, too, but last year they smelled really bad. This year, they're tolerable. As soon as I pull the car into the garage (my pellet bunker) and the heater pulls in some garage air, I smell the pellets. This year's pellets are burning well, small size, plenty of ash. For the price, I'm satisfied.
  12. ScotL

    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    You're correct. We don't use any additives at all. No binders. No oils. No polystyrene. The only thing we ever add is steam and that's not a binder. It's to heat the wood before it hits the dies to help bring out the lignin.
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  13. Boondoggie

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    ScotL, thanks very much for replying, I love it when vendors take part in forums.

    Any comment on why heat seeker and I both think they smell funny?
  14. ScotL

    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    I haven't discovered why some users get funny smelling pellets while others don't. It's difficult to troubleshoot from this end as they all smell like wood here.
  15. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    ok. finally stopped by the TSC today. MWP blend $229/ton.
    more expensive than steve (SIB) delivers them for. (winning!)
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    slls Minister of Fire

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    Have you checked SIB site lately, changes coming, need to call.
  17. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    just looked at the site. $224 when paying cash.
    i buy in early spring. hopefully that will make a difference compared to winter prices.
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    Just finished a ton of the blends (log Cabin version from pellet house in S Berwick)...no odd smells at all. No issues at all with these.
  19. DOLLARBILL

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    ScotL I have a question??? why is it Maine Pellets are not of the highest grade possible ? My research leads me to believe the Canadian Pellets beat the Maine ones hands down ! I would rather get mine from a Maine Source and keep the money in state.
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    Ok Ive been burning the Maine Softies for half a ton compaired to the hardwood mix much better but @ 240 a ton Ill spend the extra for Cubex or another high end pellet ! It seems to me with all the wood in this state they could come up with a better product less Ash ect !
  21. DOLLARBILL

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    Ohhh and whats up with SIB ??? Three calls left a message and no return call !Bad Business !
  22. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i know they close office around 2:30 pm iirc.

    i know if i were to call the tech who would service my stove if i needed it, i would expect him to be very busy this time of year.
    i have never received anything but great service from SIB.

    from the home page-

    "
    We are open Monday-Wednesday & Friday 9 AM - 3 PM. Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM -4 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM.
    We appreciate your patience as we try to fill all our orders in a timely manner.
    Evening and after hours available upon request."
  23. DOLLARBILL

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    Been calling all week my Business partner after a delivery of 5 tons called three weeks straight for 4 more never heard back so he bought from Maine pellets cost 40 for the deliver but at least call back ! I also see due to the warm weather a few places have dropped their price by as much as 15 dollars a ton on some brands ! I give him another ring tomorrow and thats the last one ! He is a nice man but a call doesnt take long !
  24. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    hope it works out. there has to be a reason.
    but you are right to wonder. i would too at some point : )
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