New England (MA, CT, ME, NH, VT, RI) What Pellets to buy and Where

zmann96

New Member
Oct 21, 2018
37
Gilford, New Hampshire
I live in the Lake Region of New Hampshire. All I can find is pellets at either Lowes or Homedepot. Does anyone know where I can get a couple of pallets? looking for around 8500 btu with low ash.
 

sandpipe

Member
Feb 24, 2010
166
Massachusetts
I live in the Lake Region of New Hampshire. All I can find is pellets at either Lowes or Homedepot. Does anyone know where I can get a couple of pallets? looking for around 8500 btu with low ash.
I know the Keene NH HD had Fireside Ultras which have been pretty good in the past. I haven't tested out this year's batch though. If you can find Green Supremes at a HD or Lowes that might work for you as they have very low ash this year as far as the one's I have picked up.
 

SininStyle

Member
Mar 8, 2013
114
I heard HD bought up a bunch of stove chow of pretty crap quality as they are going out of business. So they are peddling it at the same price as everything else for generic orders. Rochester is pushing firesides, not very close but if you scope out the back of the building to see what they have you could make sure they dont have a over stock of stove chow. Could order over the phone and insist on fireside.
(no idea how good the info is on stove chow going under)
 

sandpipe

Member
Feb 24, 2010
166
Massachusetts
I heard HD bought up a bunch of stove chow of pretty crap quality as they are going out of business. So they are peddling it at the same price as everything else for generic orders. Rochester is pushing firesides, not very close but if you scope out the back of the building to see what they have you could make sure they dont have a over stock of stove chow. Could order over the phone and insist on fireside.
(no idea how good the info is on stove chow going under)
It's tricky ordering a specific pellet of choice for delivery from HD. If you are not adamant about a particular pellet from a particular store they will just deliver whatever they have from the store closest to you.

The Stove Chow are super high ash. If you can find Green Supreme from Lignetics (check sku) they are very low ash.
 

Peterfield

Minister of Fire
Dec 12, 2013
1,379
New Hampshire
Green Supreme is a lot of things but low ash isn’t one of them. I’m not knocking Green Supreme but there are several brands out there with far less ash. As far as I am concerned, all pellets produce far less ash than my former wood stove so no matter what brand of pellets I use, I’m way ahead of the game as far as ash is concerned.
 

redbill

Member
Jan 15, 2015
59
Massachusetts
It's tricky ordering a specific pellet of choice for delivery from HD. If you are not adamant about a particular pellet from a particular store they will just deliver whatever they have from the store closest to you..
they were a real PITA for me this year. I go to Leominster to order, and I check all the pallets out back first and only find FireSide Ultra. So when I order I say I want Fireside Ultra, and he says that's all they have, so yup. Then the delivery shows up and its Green Supremes because they sent from somewhere else, so I didn't accept them. Then they reschedule and cancel, reschedule again and don't show up, finally the 4th try they got it right, by sending from Nashua, even though Leominster still has a parking lot full of Fireside Ultras...
 

sandpipe

Member
Feb 24, 2010
166
Massachusetts
Green Supreme is a lot of things but low ash isn’t one of them. I’m not knocking Green Supreme but there are several brands out there with far less ash. As far as I am concerned, all pellets produce far less ash than my former wood stove so no matter what brand of pellets I use, I’m way ahead of the game as far as ash is concerned.
Pellets with high ash have been a big annoyance for me in the past-- dumping almost twice as often as a low ash pellet. And also almost twice as much vacuuming of the stove.

The Green Supremes you are talking about must be from last year unless our definitions of what constitutes a low ash pellet are radically different.
 

dlavigne7324

Feeling the Heat
Dec 30, 2013
273
I live in the Lake Region of New Hampshire. All I can find is pellets at either Lowes or Homedepot. Does anyone know where I can get a couple of pallets? looking for around 8500 btu with low ash.
How far are you from Alton ? At the traffic circle there’s a hardware store that carries high end pellets
 
On the FSU's, this year's pellets are burning just fine. And it is true that you have to be really specific about getting that brand delivered, and not some other brand. The store I dealt with was good about it, and found a way to make sure that my delivery would be fulfilled by that store instead of some other. It had to do with their own scheduling - if my delivery date was on a day they were maxed out, it would bump into some other location.
 
I live in the Lake Region of New Hampshire. All I can find is pellets at either Lowes or Homedepot. Does anyone know where I can get a couple of pallets? looking for around 8500 btu with low ash.
Check your local Stove Shops. They usually carry high end pellets. Well, at least mine does in Hooksett. You pay a little more, but you get what you pay for! I bought a pallet of Okie's from him last month.
 

Peterfield

Minister of Fire
Dec 12, 2013
1,379
New Hampshire
Hamshaw Lumber in Keene has some good brands. Haven’t been in there for a few weeks so I don’t know what they have at the moment.
 

Pete Zahria

Minister of Fire
Jan 6, 2014
1,117
New Hampster
mcmanusfuels.com
Did you find anything yet? Are you picking up?
McManus (Barrington) has an excellent pellet, North Country,
at 5 bucks a bag. IMO, beats the heck out of anything at a Box Store...
Also Platinums, LaCrete, and LG brands..

Dan
 

Freezn

New Member
Dec 31, 2018
4
North Of Boston, MA
+1 on North Country softwood pellets at McManus in Barrington, NH. 100% Spruce Softwood. Burns very hot with low ash output. Very similar pellet to Spruce Point or LaCrete. Can't beat the price at McManus for North Country @ $249 per ton or $299 for 1.2 Ton.
 
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Pete Zahria

Minister of Fire
Jan 6, 2014
1,117
New Hampster
mcmanusfuels.com
North Country still 5 bucks a bag..
Stocking LaCrete, Vanderhoof, LG, LG Supers (33# bags), Olympus Douglas Fir.
New... just in..Matra 100% white pine... very hot, very clean... $299/ton! 6 bucks a bag,
at McManus in Barrington.
All brands except DF's are less than 6 bucks...

BBS nearby selling Team Platinum (hardwood) $6.29

Dan