Any way to determine good pellets? I am somewhat lost


Minister of Fire
How many tons do you burn a year
3/half to 4 tons.. after shoulder season[off/on] we begin 24/7 burning around late November, early December..
I do also burn EasyBlaze super premo softwoods which are almost as hot as the firs for 1st couple months.. usually around mid October here it's time for some heating at least overnight.
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New Member
Oct 6, 2018
North Idaho
I have tried 3 Different Brands on my Harmon XXV (New this year). No Difference in them I can tell.

North Idaho Energy
Plus 2 others (Too lazy to go look).

Going NI next year because 4 bags had water in them and ruined some
North Idaho is all I burn, their an excellent burning pellet. I did find a source that sold Rocky Canyon Premium Red Fir pellets last season and they were the chit in my opinion. If you have a north 40 Outfitters in the neighborhood, keep an eye on what their stocking this year, they were slightly cheaper than North Id. Try Rocky Canyon if you get a chance.


Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
Newport, Wa
I went with North Idaho EL Pellets. 5 Tons for 200 per ton with 50 for deliver from ACE HW. Going to use Heat Pump until nighttime below 30f.


Feeling the Heat
Jul 7, 2008
Windham Me
Probably depends on what kind of stove you have
Ravelli Dynamic System
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Yep, I have a Ravelli RV100C.


Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2012
Northwest Lower Michigan
All stoves are different, try some and see what works best. Not every stove has full adjustability. Mine is one of them, and Pro Pellets work excellent in it. I've checked specs on bags and it seems they are similar to Barefoot, but I have to choose what's available in my area. Other pellets might be a little cheaper but I'd go through more of them trying to maintain the same heat. Then when I really need the heat in mid February it's not there. They also didn't burn hot enough on heat range 1 to maintain fire reliably, the fire would go out often.

I used to get them for $200 a ton or less, but not anymore. Paid $270 a ton this year, or $300 with tax and delivery which proved to be well worth it. Apples to apples I could heat the house for not much more with LP at $1.70/gallon last I checked, but it's not a fair comparison. The boiler heats the uninsulated basement too so I'm using at least twice as much LP. I'm also not a fan of having a pipe in every room that could spring a leak at any time.