Not sure about anyone else but it seems the chows this year are awsome! I had a ton of spruce pointe pellets this season. The pellet stove store said they were one of the best. Well to me, they were horrible. Lots of heavy ash and barely threw any heat and that was in the fall. I will never get them again. They were part of a barter deal so i cant complain too much but lesson learned! Also tried some bags from maine (cant remember the name tho they had a flag on the bag) they sucked too, barely any heat. These chows this year, are burning so hot i have to keep my stove way down. Not complaining at all lol (using a very old Englander 25pdvc/55-shp10) ive noticed other years some chows are lighter in color, those dont seem to throw as much heat as when we get the dark ones. These current pellets are the nice dark ones. Does anyone know whos making them this year? If i had the money and space id stock up on them!