Any way to determine good pellets? I am somewhat lost

Tonyray

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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george255

New Member
Oct 6, 2018
70
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.
 

Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
834
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.
 

jerrieric

Feeling the Heat
Jul 7, 2008
343
Windham Me
Probably depends on what kind of stove you have
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Yep, I have a Ravelli RV100C.
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
547
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.
 

Darkwing

Member
Oct 11, 2018
131
New Jersey
Soo...stocked with HomeDepot StoveChow three tons and already burned a few...very happy and 229,- a ton/ 4.58 a bag
 

JerseyJeff

New Member
Apr 10, 2018
11
New Jersey
Hello
I am on my first pellet stove and it keeps our house at a great temp...
But finding good pellets seems a lottery kind of deal...
I had Tractor in white bag...not bad for 4 and change...but now gone and replaced by some for 5 and change and they are awful...
And before i had a few good ones from lowe's but the one i got yesterday seems to have more ash then fire in it...
And i looked around online...and some say softwood are they to go and other only touch hardwood...
Is there any logic to follow?
I would like to buy bulk, but since my experiences are so irritating, i would love to understand what to look for...

Thx for any light that u can shed into this subject...
I actually find Tractor Supply pellets to be dirty and a crap shoot on quality.

Since you’re in NJ like me, I suggest either going through Bucks Pellets or Annachar Pellet Fuel.
I have become a convert to soft woods because of the really low ash and higher temperature burn. The downside is more creosote to clean in the off season. This season I am burning Easy Blaze pellets and I am very satisfied.

Good luck!
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
I actually find Tractor Supply pellets to be dirty and a crap shoot on quality.

Since you’re in NJ like me, I suggest either going through Bucks Pellets or Annachar Pellet Fuel.
I have become a convert to soft woods because of the really low ash and higher temperature burn. The downside is more creosote to clean in the off season. This season I am burning Easy Blaze pellets and I am very satisfied.

Good luck!
I get easyblaze softwoods from buckspellets every year. Great softwood but disagree about the creosote. I dont get or see any ever.
 
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Tonyray

Minister of Fire
First post I ever read in 6 years that somebody said to stay away from softwood. Yikes! Maybe burning wood stove but not wood pellets.
 
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tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
547
Northwest Lower Michigan
It all depends on what works best in your stove. Hardwood only is what works for mine but plenty of people get great results with softwood.
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
547
Northwest Lower Michigan
Vogelzang 5770. I’ve never tried full softwood, not that I’ve even seen them around here. But the blended pellets burned like crap with many problems. The hardwood ones burn amazing with zero problems. My stove doesn’t have a lot of adjustments, most settings are pre programmed. So when I find something that works I stick with it.
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
Vogelzang 5770. I’ve never tried full softwood, not that I’ve even seen them around here. But the blended pellets burned like crap with many problems. The hardwood ones burn amazing with zero problems. My stove doesn’t have a lot of adjustments, most settings are pre programmed. So when I find something that works I stick with it.
That's interesting. My Harman Burns anything but I never tried burning blend. I burn exclusively soft Woods.
 

Darkwing

Member
Oct 11, 2018
131
New Jersey
First winter on Stove chow from HD only and happy like a toddler in disney world...
No idea if that is blend, soft or hard...i assume blend
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
First winter on Stove chow from HD only and happy like a toddler in disney world...
No idea if that is blend, soft or hard...i assume blend
they are made by energex. They are a Hardwood. I never liked them they were too much Ash. Good heat though.
 
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