Central Boiler Maxim M255 pellet recommondations

thenrich Posted By thenrich, Aug 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM

  1. thenrich

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    Hi guys,

    New poster here.

    After 15 years of burning wood in a Classic 6048 we are making the switch a Central Boiler Maxim outdoor pellet boiler. Most of the pellet places I spoke with recommend soft pellets and explain they have more BTU's, burn hotter and have less ash. I called Central Boiler and spoke with a customer service rep who said hardwood was better based on the fact hardwood has more BTU's - I explained this was a pellet boiler not a wood boiler. He still said hardwood - I feel like he was clueless?

    Right now I'm leaning towards like an Uncle Jed's softwood pellet.

    Any advice much appreciated.

    Thank you
    -Tom
     
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  2. johneh

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    There basically is no difference between hard or softwood pellets
    they all produce between 7 and 9 thousand BTU per pound on average
    I like hardwood only because softwood here costs too much. Some
    people say softwood produces less ash. Not having used softwood I can not say
    but the hardwood I use is very hot clean burning and has very little ash.
    Try a few brands of both and pick the one that works for you.
     
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  3. thenrich

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    So really just BTU/lb is what I'm concerned about?
     
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    There is a little more to it than that
    Try some different brands 4or 5 bags of each.
    Find the one that works for you.
    I use Cubix (Canadian hardwood from a flooring company)
    But there are many others both US and Canadian makers
    everyone has the brand they love. Search pellet brands here
     
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    Why switching from wood to pellets?
     
  6. thenrich

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    It's an ass-load of work cutting, splitting and stacking 12-cords of wood a year vs picking up the phone and having pellets delivered. Don't get me wrong it saved us a bunch of money over the years though.
     
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