TSC -- some things never change.

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Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
I stopped in at my local Tractor Supply today and scoped out the pellets they had on the floor. Green Supremes were a new addition ... I know Lignetics recently bought Marth in northern Wisconsin. I wonder if that's connected. Marth have always burned OK for me, although dusty and ashy.

There was another brand on the floor as well, plain white bag with blue lettering. I checked out a bag and noticed a large, hard lump in one corner. Pellets for sale in the store. The last time I bought from TSC I returned 20 bags out of a ton for moisture damage. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, we won't get fooled again.
 

Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
My words are on the menu today. I bought two tons of Bio Power pellets this week from TSC. Great pellet, although they were shipped only a few weeks ago so they hadn't had time to compost in the storage yard. I hope this is a permanent change for the better.
 

millerized

Member
Jan 5, 2015
75
Inwood, WV
There was another brand on the floor as well, plain white bag with blue lettering. I checked out a bag and noticed a large, hard lump in one corner. Pellets for sale in the store. The last time I bought from TSC I returned 20 bags out of a ton for moisture damage. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, we won't get fooled again.
Not to mention, you get all the corn that's fit for your daily diet. If you're into corn in your wood pellets that is.
Yeah, corn. Again.
Several years ago I posted the same thing, much to my disappointment...and some things never change. This year...more corn. Stove needs cleaned after 2 bags. Fortunately for me, there are only 48 more bags to burn through, so it's only 24 cleanings left.
 

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Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
Yeah, TSC has been pretty inconsistent IME. I've bought some great pellets from them over the years, but then they change suppliers and have absolute garbage. Then they sometimes bag pellets with their own packaging, so you have no idea what you're getting. All you can do is try a few bags if the stock looks promising.
 

KurtGriffith

Member
Oct 27, 2014
17
Berkeley Springs, WV
Similar experince. TSC's generic Hardwood Pellet Feul (White bag Blue lettering) generally much smaller pellets, and a LOT of debris and fines. We has used Stove Chow from Home Depot last year, but due to COIVD-downturn we tried to save a bit of cash, our local TSC was close enough for pick-up, and we could save the delivery charge. When we picked up, we rejected several bags out of the ton, as they clearly had been water compromised in the yard. But earlier this week, had to dump a quarter-bag that was going mulch.

Finally got the stove tuned where I could go six bags between cleanings... LOT of fly ash and they dont burn very hot. Will likely be switching back to Stove Chow or Hamers next ton... Now excuse me while I go clean up a smouldering clinker bed...
 

gfreek

Minister of Fire
Nov 5, 2010
1,421
Attica,,New York
I've had good luck with the house branded TSC pellets in white bags over the years.... They burn OK , I've had worse such as Green Supreme that TSC is now selling. Good thing I only got 15 bags..
 

n8qio

Member
Sep 22, 2014
2
s.w. Ohio
I recently made the mistake of buying a whole ton of these and they (so far) have been the WORST I've burned in over 20 years of using a pellet stove. They don't burn nearly as hot as any other brand I have used in the past and the sooty build up on the glass is ridiculous. I've tried every thing I can think of to get them to perform better but nothing is helping. Probably going to have to get another brand and do a mix of the 2 just to get rid of them.
 

Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
It pays to try a few bags of the house brand before shelling out for a ton. That said, my local store has always been good about taking returns. Schlepping a ton of pellets back to the store is no fun, but if you're really unhappy I bet they'll take them back.
 

n8qio

Member
Sep 22, 2014
2
s.w. Ohio
I thought about seeing if they would take them back but as you said it's a pain to load them back up so I'm just going to go ahead and use them up and I will take your advice when trying the unknown and just buy a few bags. I have done this in the past but for some reason I let the fear of not being able to find some cloud my judgement