Just picked up a couple of bags of these at HD last weekend, and here's what I observed about them. They are billed as a softwood-hardwood mix. Upon opening the bags, I always take a handfull and give them a good smell, and these had a nice, fresh wood smell. I then run the bag through my pellet cleaner/vac system, and at the end of it, I measure what is left in the bottom of the bag (no, I try to not dump the whole thing in....I kinda shake the last few pellets out w/o letting the fines come out too). The end result is in the pic at the end....about 1/8 cup. One interesting thing I noted was that there almost NONE of the clumps/splinters/stringy masses...and I really mean almost none. As far as pellet length, I observed pellets from 1/4" - 1" as the norm, with some 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" ones too, but nothing bigger than that, and not too many. Color is a light-medium cream. As for feeding in the stove, no problems at all. And burning and heat output were good. Ash was about the same color as the pellets, and was reasonable in the amount. These are definitely better than just a "shoulder season" pellet. If I were in the market for a ton or more of pellets, I would have no problems buying these for year-round burning.