2021-2022 Lancaster, PA Pellets?

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maraakate

New Member
Sep 27, 2021
74
Lancaster, PA
Hello,

I just recently got a Quad Santa Fe and I am new to pellet stoves. From what I have read here if you have the option to get Softwood Pellets at a reasonable price this is the way to go as they produce more heat.

With that said, it appears in my area most pellets are Hardwood. However, Kingdom Biofuel does have Softwood. They are a bit far from me, about 45 minutes, but they will deliver at about ~$390/ton. This seems a bit pricey. Has anyone used their pellets? I see an older thread where someone compared them to Ironstone and said the Kingdom's were much better.

We don't have much options for brand variety within a 30 minute drive distance from my exact location (Marietta/Maytown area). It seems Lignetics from one store, but their bag prices are quite silly. Almost $10/bag and there was no good price break when buying a ton. I forget the exact amount, but it wasn't worth writing home about. Tractor Supply has their own rebadged brand. I am unsure the make, but they are much cheaper at about $5.29/bag and about $250/ton. I purchased 4 bags this morning but have not had a chance to burn them yet. Ironwood Mills makes their own locally here in Leola, but it's about 45 minutes in the other direction!

Right now, I have a few bags left of AWF 'Ultra Premium White Pine' Softwood Blend pellets and they seem to be doing OK. For kicks, when I was at Tractor Supply I bought a bag of shelled corn, put some of the AWF pellets in the pot to get the fire started and switched over to the corn and let it run for an hour. It does produce much more heat than the AWFs. However, corn is like $10/bag here so I may just keep corn for doing a 50/50 mix or running it straight on very cold nights where I want to get up to temp quickly. I have read the warnings on here, and in the manual about having to keep on top of the maintenance when using shelled corn. Particularly with keeping the fire pot clean and having proper exhaust tubing that can handle corn. My tubing can handle it OK so I am not worried about it.

In any case, anyone else out there from the Lancaster, PA area that can recommend some good pellets at reasonable prices this season? Is Ironwood worth the drive? How about Kingdom? Is Lignetics just fine? Is TSC's rebadged brand "good enough"? Is there other stuff out there I'm not aware of that I can find locally? I'm not opposed to driving to York, PA for pellets if it's close to the Emigsville area as I have to drive out there for work occasionally.
 

hinkle

Member
Jan 3, 2013
68
Portersville, PA
I'm a few hours west of you, north of Pittsburg, but we have the same issue around here. Not too many options. Lignetics have been ok in the past. I've burned several tons, they might produce more ash than some other brands. It is very uncommon to see the softwoods.

Our local TSC hasn't done rebadged bags in several years, but I typically buy from them for their summer sale. In recent years we've paid around 160-180 for Lignetics and Cheat River. Closer to $200 when not on sale.