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Where can I find Okanagans near me?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Stentor1, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Stentor1

    Stentor1 New Member

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    I usually buy them from Home and Hearth in Hampton, NH. Today they told me they are not carrying them this year due to cost. They said they would have to charge around $300 per ton. I'm in Mass about half an hour or less from the NH border.

    Home and Hearth is offering Vermont Wood Pellets for $279 but I wasn't too happy with the Vermont Wood Pellets I tried last year. They were hot but generated a lot of ash (not too many clinkers,though).

    How do I find out about Okanagan dealers in my delivery area?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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  2. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    Enter your zip code at www.fuelstart.com and select "Wood Pellets."

    That will direct you to pellet houses in your area -- if you search each one, someone is bound to have Okies.

    Let us know what you find!
  3. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Good question. Havnt seen Okies in this area in a few years.
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  5. Lousyweather

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    some of the prices there are incorrect, unfortunately, but its a useful resource for locales
  6. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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  7. Stentor1

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    Just to wrap up - - - I bought three tons of Okanagans. They were expensive ($300) but I think they are worth the price. I got them from East Coast Lumber in Hampstead. Packaging was different. The salesman told me Okies from them were available only as 65 bag units because that was how Okanagan delivered them. However the store corrected that number and told me that Okanagan had started delivering to them in 50 bag (1 ton) units during this year. Whatever the story, I now have three new tons and one old ton from last year. I'm happy. Thanks for your help finding places that sell these pellets. Stay warm.
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    $100 more a ton is way to much.
    $300 x 3 = $900 Okies
    $209 x 4 = $836 Big box stores

    I have burned them there not that much better.
    I would rather have the extra ton & for less money.
  10. Lousyweather

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    all a matter of opinion, I guess
  11. New Hampshire Jim

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    I also bought Okies and Vermonts last year and like you I found the Vermont to be ashy. Does East Coast sell by the bag,1/2 ton or only full ton,s?
  12. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    I just bought 2 tons today. They'll be in next Saturday. $289 ton
  13. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Where did you get them?
  14. Lousyweather

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    how sure are you of that, Salty?:eek:
  15. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    Royal Fireside in Mendon Ma

    LW I have no reason not to believe them? Why are they having "issues"?
  16. Lousyweather

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    dunno about Royal Fireside....have you called them lately? I certainly dont want to spread any rumors, unless it pertains to me being right or anything......
  17. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Uh oh, Sounds like might be a problem gettin okies this early season? Hope Mr warm is workin on that!
  18. Lousyweather

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    you know what I heard....there's some guy in NW CT who has SOOOO many pellets, he just gives them away, he's such a philanthropist........not only will give you pellets, but he'll give you a hug too.......
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I only give hugs when you give me "YOUR" pellets! ==c

    I got loads of junk inferno's that have been sittin out back for couple seasons uncovered! You can come get em anytime! :p
  20. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    WOW, Infernos wont even absorb rainwater and go away on their own :eek:
  21. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    Infernos are worse than cockroaches. They'd probably outlive the darn things too.

    RF told me several days ago that they would be ready for pickup on 9/22 and were being delivered 9/21

    I haven't paid for them yet anyways. If they don't deliver I go down the street to pellets direct and get some other pine pellets from Pellets Direct. I am fortunate to live in the same town :)
  22. Stentor1

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    To me, it's a matter of opinion (as Lousyweather said) but it's also a reasoned conclusion. I thought about my choices and think I balanced well enough the main factors. They cost more money and are imports and have a great reputation derived in part from outstanding marketing (negatives). They are also very good and have never given me the slightest difficulty but produce great heat, not too much ash and above all have consistency in quality (positives).

    Because they work for me doesn't mean they work for everyone. You have a lot of people on this forum, many of whom are in the business and really know what they are doing. What I get are warm and enjoyable winter days and nights. I've been using Okies and probably will stick with them. For next year, I'll look to see if there is a competing product as good, just to have a backup.

    Remember the old saying, "Different strokes for different folks"? Fits here.
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  23. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    X2 on this. I have used Spruce Pointe for 3 seasons because they work, and they make life easier. That means less time maintaining the stove. A few dollars more is worth this piece of mind. Though when getting into $70 or so differences per ton, then its time to consider options.

    This year I am trying 3 tons of MWP Soft in hopes of finding a local product to replace the Spruce at a better price. I still have 2 ton of Spruce sitting in the basement left from last season in case the MWP dont perform.
  24. Lousyweather

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    As someone who sells pellets, I find this to be an interesting thread. Its a conundrum that we deal with day in and day out. What makes it difficult is in how different customers prioritize the qualities in a pellet, and frankly, how much MORE they will pay for a "better" pellet. To some folks, especially given this economy, the price is the number one concern, whereas supply, service, and quality fall behind, and in different orders. When we take a position in the market, and a position is hundreds of thousands of dollars (literally), we have to basically guess (not fun). Sometimes it works out, sometimes it does not. The difference in the per ton price that a customer will pay varies for every single customer. Makes it interesting for us retailers.......although I have to say, it often amazes me what folks will do to get the "lowest price"......even driving miles and miles to get it, etc........
  25. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    So true LW. I dont fall into a driving large distances for lowest price category as my time is money, not to mention fuel to get there, so I stay somewhat local. But the economy and fact of no pay raise in 5-6 years means that tougher decisions and compromises need to be made. These decisions need to be made with education, experience and balance. Best bang for buck has to win for my budget now while taking into consideration that I am heating my home in the dead of winter.

    I dont envy your position in stocking pellets.

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