Pellet Advice

haztech Posted By haztech, Aug 10, 2017 at 2:44 PM

  1. haztech

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    Hi, I just recently purchased and had a quadrafire santa fe wood pellet insert installed in my house. I am coming from baseboard heat with a normal fireplace that would typically smoke us out of the house and/or send a flaming log rolling onto the floor. I figured a wood pellet insert would be way more efficient and cheaper (baseboards were running around $200/mo to heat my 800 Sq/ft house with the use of the fireplace on weekends). I'm hoping I can use the wood pellet insert for the majority of the time and only use the baseboards when we go away for vacation.

    I realize buying pellets in bulk is my best and cheapest option for fuel this winter. I have a few vendors around where I live (Annapolis Md) and am just trying to find the best pellet to use.

    I have narrowed it down to:

    Hamers Hot ones (read that the 2016/2017 quality of the pellets went down hill from previous years so I'm hesitant to buy a ton of them if they're going to be crappy)

    American Energex pellets

    and Lignetics pellets...any input on these pellets and how they run in a quadrafire santa fe will be greatly appreciated.

    That being said there are other brands available, so if anyone has any input on any of the following brands working well I would greatly appreciate it!

    The other brands are Power Pellets, Easy Heat, Turman, Golden, American Wood Fibers, Ultra, Easy Blaze, Wow/Blazer (somehow $349/ton...a good $100 more than most of the brands), Lignetics Gold, and LaCrete Sawmills.
     
  2. MtDew

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    It is always advised to purchase a few bags to try first before you commit to a ton of pellets. Even someone with the exact same stove as yours may have different results.
    Hamers Hot ones have been a decent pellet, I would not hesitate to buy them.
    Some of the pellets you have listed are hardwood and some are a Softwood.
    The trend recently is that the softwood pellets burn alittle hotter and create less ash(which means less cleaning). But the softwood can be priced slightly above the pricing of the hardwood pellets.
    It all depends on what you are trying to achieve with your pellet burning. If it's strictly to save money and you don't mind more frequent cleaning of your stove, a cheaper pellets will do the job.

    I have used the Easy Blaze pellets and really liked them, they are a southern yellow pine pellet. Burn hot with very low ash. i tried the LaCrete pellets last year and loved them(I bought 3 ton for this coming season)
    Easy Heat and the Power pellets are low end pellets, OK heat but very ashy.
     
  3. haztech

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    Awesome, Thanks for the reply MtDew. I was thinking that I would want to buy a ton so that way I don't get caught with my pants down when it gets cold...Not sure how quickly suppliers will sell out around me. Buying a few bags of each brand makes perfect sense though, don't wanna get stuck with crap pellets.

    From what I'm seeing on the forums I will probably wait, and just grab a ton from Central PA (where my parents live) and just bring it home with me when I go visit them.
     
  4. Pete Zahria

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    Good choice! ;)

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  7. jertola

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    If those places sell by the bag as well, then just buy a few bags of each. You don't want to get stuck with a ton of garbage pellets either. I got a bad batch of of pellets last year and ended up giving them away just to get rid of them. That's what I get for buying clearance HD pellets in April.
     

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