What brand were they carrying -- Somersets? The Menards out here gets Somersets once in a blue moon.Grabbed a ton yesterday. Should do me for the season. Great price for a decent pellet.
We're on about the same pace -- I've gone through about 4 tons of Marths and half a ton of Sets. I can get them for $215/ton, which isn't a bad price unless Menards is selling something else for $50/ton cheaper.Yes, Somersets here, at least for the last 2 years I've used them. Was my 5th ton of Sets'this year. Also had a ton of Hamers. Sure wish the 'Sets burnt as hot as the Hamers! But, for the price they're hard to beat.
The Indeck factory went on line for the first time fairly recently, like 2012, IIRC. Their early efforts were pretty bad. They have gotten better, but I haven't burned any in a couple years now. I just don't see them anymore. Which is weird, because they're a big producer in my state.That's good to know. Indeck, Pennington, Easy Heat and most of Tractor Supply's stuff is on my "do not burn" list.
To me, the benefit of softwoods is not the extra BTUs but the cleaner burn. Much less ash. With a Harman, I'm not sure that's worth the extra cost. I usually go for the cheap stuff, although I also avoid TSC because too much of their merchandise has water damage.I personally have never laid eyes on a bag of softwood pellets around here. Would love to try some though.
I recall reading somewhere (probably on this forum) that the Somerset factory occasionally runs some "special" flooring above and beyond its usual oak or hard maple, and the quality of the pellets coming out of that sawdust lot can vary. I don't know if that's true, but it sounds plausible. I do recall a thread early last season complaining about Somersets.I was the opposite with the Sets. Last years were way less ash, same good heat though. I can't go longer than 10 days with this years Sets and the ash pan is full.
I think they're pretty close re heat output. I don't put a lot of stock in the PFI ratings because the product can vary so widely. It's all reprocessed wood scraps, after all.In your experience, are the Pro Pellets hotter than the Sets? They're rated @ 8200 btu, and the Sets say 7900 btu.