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Maine's Choice Wood Pellets by Geneva Wood Fuels, LLC

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  • Comment Link   paul hutchins Monday, 31 March 2014 21:43 posted by paul hutchins

    I have a heartland pellet stove in clean my stove as needed I have tried a number of pellets I have always
    bought premium hard wood pellets. I bought your pellets at paris farmers union in nortrh Conway n.h.
    I can normally clean my stove once a week but with
    your pellets it a clean every two days. not impressed

  • Comment Link Ackman Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:07 posted by Ackman

    Jan '14 purchase of 2 pallets from Home Depot
    VERY, VERY DUSTY Pouring into hopper creates a cloud in my house
    Burn, heat, ash OK

  • Comment Link Lawrence D. Lopez Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:13 posted by Lawrence D. Lopez

    The bag from Walmart reads:
    ash ,75 %, Moisture 6 %, Fines .25 %
    100 % hard wood.

    They are $4.50 a bag.
    They burn fine although they produce a lot of ash.
    We've run them at -10F just fine.
    Stove Harmon P61,
    The nice thing is I can pick up 600 # on a Sunday
    in my Outback which will last me a week.
    We are in Southern NH

  • Comment Link donald sutherland Friday, 31 January 2014 13:41 posted by donald sutherland

    they are the worst pelletts i had the size are 1/4 in and most are smaller i have to remover my auger because they get between the housen n auger n bind it up they are KUNK there are all crimbs in the ton i just got at lowes poor poor poor

  • Comment Link Matt, Gorham, ME Sunday, 26 January 2014 23:27 posted by Matt, Gorham, ME

    I purchased a Harman P61a last fall and 3 tons of Maine's Choice pellets. I have burned these pellets in the past in an Englander pellet stove and was happy with them. This year, with the harman I have been happy with them again except for the fines in the bag, but I alleviate this issue by dumping my pellets in a plastic bin and scooping them into the stove with an old juice container. They burn very well in my stove, however, I do shut it down once a week and clean it very well (ash pan is usually half full), which is way better than the once a day that I was shutting down the Englander stove, so overall I would burn these pellets again. They (and the new Harman stove) have allowed me to turn my oil burner off all together. Overall I would rate these pellets as a buy, depending on your stove of course!!

  • Comment Link John Sunday, 26 January 2014 09:22 posted by John

    Great product, except for the EXTRA ASH it produces

  • Comment Link andrew Saturday, 11 January 2014 14:22 posted by andrew

    Englander stove.Bought 12 bags of maines choice pellets from lowes just to try out.I had just cleaned the stove and tried the pellets.after 2 days the results were low heat,much ash,fast burning and a dirty stove!Do not buy these pellets,bad deal.I will stick with new England wood pellets.

  • Comment Link Eric Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:46 posted by Eric

    I had 4 ton of these and thought I liked them until I bought Premium Pellets from Home Depot. I installed an additional pellet stove in my family room and pour the pellets from the bag into a 5 gal bucket to load the stove. When pouring these pellets into the bucket then into the stove I get allot of dust. Must be fines. The Premium Pellets from the depot have not dust. Unfortunately, when buying at the depot you get what they have. I will not buy Maine choice again unless that is all they carry,

  • Comment Link Eric Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:46 posted by Eric

    I had 4 ton of these and thought I liked them until I bought Premium Pellets from Home Depot. I installed an additional pellet stove in my family room and pour the pellets from the bag into a 5 gal bucket to load the stove. When pouring these pellets into the bucket then into the stove I get allot of dust. Must be fines. The Premium Pellets from the depot have not dust. Unfortunately, when buying at the depot you get what they have. I will not buy Maine choice again unless that is all they carry,

  • Comment Link Jeff Cummings Sunday, 15 December 2013 21:19 posted by Jeff Cummings

    I purchased 3 ton at Lowes and will never purchase these again! These are by far the worst pellet that I have ever used due to the fact that they produce very little heat and a lot of ash.

  • Comment Link Gary Sunday, 15 December 2013 01:40 posted by Gary

    I have a Harmon 25 and have used Green Choice from Lowe's for 2 years with very good luck. This year I tried Maine's choice. Just my opinion, but these are not nearly as good. I just called Lowe's to return 2 tons because the heat is not nearly as good and the ash is considerably higher. I tried a not so scientific experiment tonight, because I was convinced when I stuck my hand through the pellets in the hopper they felt damp. So I took my thermometer with humidity sensor from my Kitchen where it read 68 degrees and 19% humidity and I stuck it in the hopper on top of the pellets. Now it read 95 degrees 39% humidity...hmmmmm. Now I'm sure someone could find a valid reason for this, but doesn't it seem the pellets should be a little drier? Dry=heat. IDK, Lowe's is swapping them out for me no charge....TY very much Lowe's, good customer service.

  • Comment Link Al Tuesday, 03 December 2013 17:53 posted by Al

    Harmon 25. Good heat, low ash. A bit more clinkers and smoke on start up than Logik-E or Vermont Pellets
    Overall Maine Choice is a good choice. low odor, good heat, not much ash, very few fines.

  • Comment Link mike micklich Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:23 posted by mike micklich

    I have an englander summers heat? $1000 model. More ash than other pellets i used last year ( penington) but after 20 years of burning wood shoveling ashes cleaning chimneys pellets are a dream to use.

  • Comment Link Don Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:00 posted by Don

    Bought 5 tons of the maines choice 100 percent hardwood starting to burn them last night good heat. With no fines in bag .. Can't beat the price of $201 ton from lowes in Rochester like them better theny green supremes I burnt all last year !! Supremes are still a good pellet in my book.. Just didn't like the fines in the bag

  • Comment Link Gary Bain Monday, 25 March 2013 21:38 posted by Gary Bain

    I am new to burning pellets and my first go-round with pellets has been Maine Choice. I purchase them at the local Home Depot and for the most part have been pretty satisfied with the results. Heat output seems to be good and for someone that has burned wood for over 0 years I find that the ash problem is minimal. I have had clunkers but they have been small and appear to break down easily. So if you have any doubt about this product I would give it an OK rating! As to soot gathering on the glass again this has been a minimal issue. Easily cleaned off and perhaps bags it is time to clean again but it is only around the pwerimeter

  • Comment Link pcdog207@gmail.com Thursday, 21 March 2013 02:28 posted by pcdog207@gmail.com

    Second year burning wood pellets with a Breckwell Big-E. Used Green Supreme, hardwood-softwood mix an thought it was working great. Used 3 tons so far this year. Needed 20 more bags to finish the season and bought "Maine's Choice 100% hardwood". With the same stove settings, I used an infrared heat detector and measured heat output at the same spot, and got 12 degrees more heat output with Maine's Choice pellets. Don't know how much these will produce, but with Green Supreme, from Home Depot, I filled my 3 gallon vac 3 times. I have tried other brands but have no date to share. My observation between other brands is the Maine's Choice if the best value and heat output.

  • Comment Link Tom Sunday, 17 February 2013 17:30 posted by Tom

    May be maines choice, but certainly not my choice. Pellets threw off decent heat but burned way too fast. 1 bag barely lasted 10 hours. I would not recommend this pellet.

  • Comment Link Ron Friday, 15 February 2013 09:44 posted by Ron

    I have two Heatilator eco choice pellet stoves to heat my colonial. I used Maine's choice this year, and just bought 5 more tons for next. I noticed (even as cold as it has been) that the rate I am using pellets with Maine's choice is slower, compared to Homestead. As far as cleaning pellet stoves.....this isn't oil/gas heating, like a wood stove you have to clean them! I just clean mine every week its become routine. No wood product is ever going to be exactly the same. I used a wood stove for years, wood was always different year to year. Ultimately I choose to support a Maine owned company over being able to skip stove cleaning.

  • Comment Link DanO Sunday, 27 January 2013 14:25 posted by DanO

    Maine Choice: 2 tons from Home Depot in October. Outdoor storage there. We had 2 6 inch rains in the early fall. The pellets would not burn long, needed to clean the stove 2 times a day. Clinkers. No relight. Took em back after struggling through 10 bags. Quadrafire Castile 3rd season. Replaced with one ton of the Athens from WM. Still outdoor storage there, but my ton was stacked on top of another. Even so, the last few bags have been a problem even stored on a wood floor above concrete. Trying some Penningtons...Athens is out of stock at local WM.

  • Comment Link Jolly Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:22 posted by Jolly

    2nd year in Harmon P61 - these work pretty well. Ash is moderate, heat is fine, though not spectacular. Very convenient to be able to buy at local Walmarts.

  • Comment Link John Saturday, 19 January 2013 01:21 posted by John

    Tried 4 bags of these as a test. Very cold outside and pellet did not burn very hot. Ash was ok, but heat was barely adequate for the price. I would use again if I'm out of pellets and no other choice.

  • Comment Link Paul Saturday, 05 January 2013 20:39 posted by Paul

    Having used a variety of pellets over the past 5 years I have found that the Maine's Choice pellet presented me with an unusual high ash content requiring daily removal. Purchased 3 tons ( From Lowe's )based on mfg choice of production materials, hardwood, as stated on the packaging, but I suspect that there is a mixture of other materials within or poor quality of hardwood. Not my choice of pellet in the future.

  • Comment Link Paul Saturday, 05 January 2013 20:37 posted by Paul

    Having used a variety of pellets over the past 5 years I have found that the Maine's Choice pellet presented me with an unusual high ash content requiring daily removal. Purchased 3 tons ( From Lowe's )based on mfg choice of production materials, hardwood, as stated on the packaging, but I suspect that there is a mixture of other materials within or poor quality of hardwood. Not my choice of pellet in the future.

  • Comment Link John R Anctil Monday, 31 December 2012 01:35 posted by John R Anctil

    Ive been burning pellets for yrs and find that MAINE'S CHOICE does not burn hot or very clean at all.They do have a very high ash count and would not buy them anymore.

  • Comment Link Carmine desimone Wednesday, 26 December 2012 13:00 posted by Carmine desimone

    Been using Harmon Accentra for about 5 years. Great stove. Bought a ton of Maines choice premium wood pellets. Worst pellets in five years. Large creosote build up. Went from cleaning every four weeks to every two. Lots of ash, lots of linkers,just a mess. Will not buy again. Wanted to keep my business to a local manufacturer but I can not with this product.

  • Comment Link Glenn Bacala Tuesday, 25 December 2012 13:06 posted by Glenn Bacala

    I bought two tons from Wal-Mart and will NEVER burn them again. Tons of ash and Klinkers. I am going back to Turman's I just order three tons from Perkins. Stay away from these pellets.

  • Comment Link gary Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:59 posted by gary

    Had 1 1/2 tons of Cleanfire Hardwood (couldn't find Maine's Choice last season) left over from last season and ordered 3 tons of Maine's Choice from Lowe's for this season $209 per ton. Burned about 20 bags of these a couple years back and found them to be as good as either Cleanfire softwood or hardwood in my Quadrafire Castille. Just started burning the new pellets a couple of weeks ago and still find them as I did two years ago. Good heat and value for the money.
    Put a Heatilator Eco Choice down in the basement this fall and heating down there as well now. Now heating 3500 sq ft of space. Will possibly need to get another ton for the heating season with the addition of the new stove.
    Purchased 20 bags of Green Supreme's from Lowe's today to give them a try.
    p.s. Harman, Quadrafire & Heatilator all made by Hearth & Home with Heatilator being the economy end of the line.

  • Comment Link Peter Albertsen Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:29 posted by Peter Albertsen

    I burned a ton of Maine's Choice pellets last year in my Upland 207 Pellet Stove. They were not readily available locally this year. I would buy them again at a competitive price.

    I generally prefer a softwood pellet or a mix. However, the Maine's Choice did have an acceptable flame and better than average ash content (low).

    I especially liked that all of the pellets were in neighborhood of 1/2" to 3/4" long. I believe that this length to diameter ratio yields a nice consistent feed rate with minimal resistance to the auger.

    The moose on the bag are memorable. If I see them, I will look into buying them again.

  • Comment Link rick Thursday, 29 November 2012 01:12 posted by rick

    worst pellets to date. will not buy again. had to mix with another pellet brand just to get rid of the ton i had. tried because of the reviews read here and the price. Ash was horrible, not what was listed on bag. black soot. didnt like the smell. Too strong. also length of pellet too long . i can see why some had auger problems. used in harmon pb105 pellet boiler

  • Comment Link Brett Tuesday, 27 November 2012 21:01 posted by Brett

    I purchased 3 tons of Maine's Choice pellets from Lowes in Rochester NH and have been very pleased. Good heat, not a lot of ash, and no clinker build up. Be sure you are getting the 100% hardwood pellets... not the mixed pellets as another poster mentioned. I've burned Pennington (not good) and Cleanfire Hardwood (pretty darn good) and would put these just a notch below the Cleanfire.. but at 20-25% less expensive its worth the switch.
    Harman P68. 5 years of using pellet stove as primary heat.

  • Comment Link Rick Smith Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:14 posted by Rick Smith

    I want to give an update on Maine's Choice which I gave an unfavorable review last year. It turns out that Maine's Choice makes 2 different versions of their pellets. The one that I reviewed last year was a hardwood softwood blend which was horrible. The one that I tried this year was a 100% hardwood pellet. They both come in a bag that looks identical, so you need to read the bag. The hardwood pellets burn much hotter, not much ash, and no clinkers. I find that these pellets are similar to Greene Team. These are both available at Lowe's. I have a St Croix York insert.

  • Comment Link Melissa Simpson Saturday, 10 November 2012 18:44 posted by Melissa Simpson

    I have a Harman P43 and am a first year user. I bought 8 bags of Maine's Choice and used 7 1/2. Heat output was okay. Lots of ash and I found there was a lot of carbon buildup in the burnpot that took some effort to chip out. I scrape every day and clean every week.

  • Comment Link Mardi Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:29 posted by Mardi

    We bought these pellets at the end of our burning year in 2012, and they were horrible. The ash was so high we couldn't even go 5 days without having to empty the ash bin. And, they never got the room as hot as the Barefoot pellets we'd used for most of the season.

  • Comment Link Bluebailey Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:05 posted by Bluebailey

    First season wtih a Timberwolf (Napolean)TPS35 stove, been throwing everything I can find in it. I vacuum sift all bags before they ever enter the hopper so fines are not an issue for me but let me say after sifting 10 bags or so of these I need to bang out the vac filter! Even when dumping the bag into the vac bowl dust goes eveywhere. They produce about 250 degrees (usually less) and a TON of ash. Friends of mine swear by em, must be stove preferance. Although in 2 years one friend had to replace his Harman auger twice? Fines perhaps. They are the cheapest I could find in my area (Eastern MA) $209-219 a ton.

  • Comment Link Bob G Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:49 posted by Bob G

    We have 2 Harman stoves (Invicta and Accentra) - the pellets have been burning fine. So far gone thru 2 of the 4 tons I bought for our "all electric" house. The pellets have very little dust and are very conistent in their burn rate. At the Lowes price, they cannot be beat! At a higher price, the would still be a bargain.

  • Comment Link Jay Monday, 19 December 2011 18:54 posted by Jay

    I've been burning these for two years (Enviro M55 Cast) and love them. However, I have noticed that some bags (darker green) have larger pellets, some bags (lighter green) have smaller pellets. I got 2 tons in Fall 10 and noticed this on second ton. 3 more tons in spring (great deal) and they have all been fine. For the price, they can't be beat, I think.

  • Comment Link Rick Smith Monday, 12 December 2011 23:13 posted by Rick Smith

    I have burned 4-5 tons of pellets per year since 06. I have a St Croix insert stove. Maine's Choice is probably the worst pellet that I ever used. Very poor heat output, a lot of fines in the bag, and unless it is on the highest heat setting, it will dirty up the glass. The ash is not excessive and not a lot of clinkers, but the overall quality is poor. I will not buy again, nor recommend.

  • Comment Link bob magoon Monday, 12 December 2011 18:43 posted by bob magoon

    LOVE THESE PELLETS !!! New England Wood pellets are terrible so stay away from them very very good luck with the Maine Choice, plus I like the moose's on the bag very relaxing HAHAHAHAHA !! highly recommend this product !!

  • Comment Link pknipper Wednesday, 21 September 2011 18:26 posted by pknipper

    We have the Englander 25-PDVC pellet stove and found these pellets to be okay but nothing great. In fact Pennington from Walmart did better with more heat and less ash. Though a co-worker has a different pellet stove where he runs either a blend or soft pellets and seems very happy with Maine's Choice. So it may all depend on the type of wood stove you have :)

  • Comment Link John J Pallozzi Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:21 posted by John J Pallozzi

    I have a DC2000 made by Dell-Point Technologies, I have been burning pellets for 11 years. These pellets soot up the window and loads the fire pot with ash after 2 bags. (I will say I have not had any clinkers) It is bad enough that I need to clean the stove. I would typically clean after about a week with other brands. The fines are more in these bags than in others. Lesson learned for me, sorry to say but,I would not recommend these pellets to anyone.

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