Northeast Pellets - stay away!

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lowb35

New Member
Mar 6, 2020
12
Allegany County, NY
We buy our pellets at Lowes because we get the military discount. We had been getting the Greene Teams, but the last time I bought a ton I took a chance on the lower grade pellets since with the bulk discount + military discount they're $222 a ton. We do the buy now/pick up later option so that we get 10-15 bags per visit. Figured that since I clean the burn pot and chamber every day, I could out-clean any difference in pellet quality. We originally had a choice between Green Supreme Allegheny (very similar to the Allegheny brand that Lignetics also makes) and the Curran blend and went with the GS, since we had a less than stellar experience with TSC bagged Currans last year. The GS generated a little more ash than the GT but overall burned as well in our CAB50, and I was happy to have saved $70 a ton.

Well, last visit our Lowes had Northeast Pellets from Maine (yellow and red bag) instead. Here in southwestern NY we usually get a wide variety of PA made pellet brands, Dry Creeks which are local, GS and sometimes Currans, but never these. They loaded 12 bags of Northeasts in my car and off I went.

Northeast Pellets are by far the worst I have ever burned. Ever. They claim on the bag that fines are less than .05%, but I've sifted 5 bags so far (this is the first time I found so many fines I was afraid *not* to sift) and sifted out an average of .8-.9% by weight. Usually when I clean my burn pot I can still see the second row of holes before cleaning no matter what pellets I've burned, but not today. Only went 18 hours before I had to clean an ash clump that covered all but the top row. The bottom of the burn pot was black and had to scrape more than usual to get it clean enough for my liking. Also saw evidence of moisture on the baffles so they have a lot of moisture. It doesn't look like the bags got wet--seemed dry when I sifted them--and the bags I got were all sealed so I don't think it was due to the pellets getting ruined during transport. I store my pellets in a dry place as well.

BTW, just did a full deep clean of my stove late last week, including the entire vent system so the stove was clean and running beautifully until I put this junk in. Yes, I have an OAK.

Makes me wonder if they're shipping them further away from Maine because they're so bad they can't sell them closer to home?

Next time I pick up pellets hopefully they'll still have the Curran blend. The last time I burned Currans they smelled funky and were a bit ashy, but at least they won't ruin my stove. Otherwise, I'll get my money back for the pellets I haven't picked up yet and go back to the Greene Teams.
 

SciGuy

Feeling the Heat
Aug 17, 2007
299
Constableville, NY
We buy our pellets at Lowes because we get the military discount. We had been getting the Greene Teams, but the last time I bought a ton I took a chance on the lower grade pellets since with the bulk discount + military discount they're $222 a ton. We do the buy now/pick up later option so that we get 10-15 bags per visit. Figured that since I clean the burn pot and chamber every day, I could out-clean any difference in pellet quality. We originally had a choice between Green Supreme Allegheny (very similar to the Allegheny brand that Lignetics also makes) and the Curran blend and went with the GS, since we had a less than stellar experience with TSC bagged Currans last year. The GS generated a little more ash than the GT but overall burned as well in our CAB50, and I was happy to have saved $70 a ton.

Well, last visit our Lowes had Northeast Pellets from Maine (yellow and red bag) instead. Here in southwestern NY we usually get a wide variety of PA made pellet brands, Dry Creeks which are local, GS and sometimes Currans, but never these. They loaded 12 bags of Northeasts in my car and off I went.

Northeast Pellets are by far the worst I have ever burned. Ever. They claim on the bag that fines are less than .05%, but I've sifted 5 bags so far (this is the first time I found so many fines I was afraid *not* to sift) and sifted out an average of .8-.9% by weight. Usually when I clean my burn pot I can still see the second row of holes before cleaning no matter what pellets I've burned, but not today. Only went 18 hours before I had to clean an ash clump that covered all but the top row. The bottom of the burn pot was black and had to scrape more than usual to get it clean enough for my liking. Also saw evidence of moisture on the baffles so they have a lot of moisture. It doesn't look like the bags got wet--seemed dry when I sifted them--and the bags I got were all sealed so I don't think it was due to the pellets getting ruined during transport. I store my pellets in a dry place as well.

BTW, just did a full deep clean of my stove late last week, including the entire vent system so the stove was clean and running beautifully until I put this junk in. Yes, I have an OAK.

Makes me wonder if they're shipping them further away from Maine because they're so bad they can't sell them closer to home?

Next time I pick up pellets hopefully they'll still have the Curran blend. The last time I burned Currans they smelled funky and were a bit ashy, but at least they won't ruin my stove. Otherwise, I'll get my money back for the pellets I haven't picked up yet and go back to the Greene Teams.

I've burned a bit over a ton of Curran blended pellets this winter with decent results. The produce a bit more ash than the Golden Softwoods I used last year but overall are working fine.
 

lowb35

New Member
Mar 6, 2020
12
Allegany County, NY
Yes - I'm burning them now. I was able to take back the Northeast pellets and picked up the balance of my ton, which is a mix between more GS Allegheny and the Curran blend. The GS Alleghenys burn hotter and with less ash, but my stove is burning the Currans just fine. Fluffy ash but easy to clean and not many clinkers. The TSC Currans I burned last year were the hardwoods - I'm finding that the blend is a little better than the Curran hardwood. I also have a better stove and vent system this year which makes a big difference.
 
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