From International Forest Products
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I have been buying Nations Choice Pellets for the last 5 years and they really have been great to use. Not a lot of ash nor dust. This year they are the WORST I have ever seen. I think they must of increased their softwoods substantially. I will have to look for another brand. I would rather pay more and get quality, than go through what I did this year with these pellets.Report
Burns very poorly with lots of ash and clinkers. I have to clean the fire box twice a day or the clinkers and ash build up to the point the stove will not light. Have no plans to ever buy this brand again.Report
I bought 10 bags of Nation's Choice from Lowes last week. Worst decision I could have ever made. I was running low on my normal brand I bought 3 tons of last summer and wanted to top off my supply. I normally have to clean the stove once every 2 weeks. I'm on bag 8 of Nation's Choice and have cleaned the stove 3 times in the last week. The pellets won't even start on their own. I have to use a half hand full of the other pellets to get the fire started and then burn the crap Nation's Choice.Report
Waste of money. Clogging my anger daily. I can't get these to burn for more that :30 minutes prior to clogging. They smell strong and create way too much ash. Don't buy this brand. I purchased the white bags.Report
Nation's Choice causes our auger to jam. the pieces are too long, they get stuck. They cause hard, chunky bunches of ash. A Fireside bag burns once every 24-26 hours. A Nation's Choice bags, same size poundage wise, burns once every 16 hours, maybe a little longer, and we aren't having freezing weather here in New Hampshire. It has been mild compared to past years. With Fireside ash, you have to empty the bin out every few days. With Nation's choice, you have to empty it out for sure every other day at most. I bought four ton from Home Depot. I want to return them.Report
There are two types of "Nation's Choice" pellets - The White bag (horrible) and the green bag ("OK").
Facts - I burned a 1/2 ton so far this winter of the green bag - Good heat and NO clinkers, moderate amount of ash. Had to vacuum the stove every three weeks. Actually very clean. Bought locally at Home Depot in East Haven, CT (Stove = Quadra-fire 1200i, "Classic Bay" insert. I was amazed at the very clean burn pot - didn't even have to scrape it.
White bag - Same pellets? These are a total disaster - purchased in Greenfield, MA Home Depot - Burning 50% more pellets on same settings and had more ash (a lot ore as in more than quadruple the amount) in 1 week than I had in three weeks with the green bag. Also, they produce less heat and totally clogged my fireboat - had to scrap and loosen large 'clinkers' that were too big to go up the vacuum nozzle. (The bags are nearly identical except green vs. white. The labels are the same except for the white bag says "premium hardwood pellets" and the green bag says "premium wood pellets.
Bottom line = Green bag were good; white was a joke/disaster.
Bought a ton of Okanagan Super Premium last year. Burned Hot and Clean. Great Pellets!!! Burnt about 25 bags of Natures Choice after Okanagan's were depleted for remainder of season. Had to up Enviro stove settings by 2X to get the same amount of heat as Okanagans. Natures Choice also left twice the ash/soot and left my chimney flu full of ash like I have never seen before. Bought 2 tons of Okanangan's this year and will discard remaining few bags of Nature's Choice from last year.Report
Burned 5 tons of this brand last year. Burned just like any other brand. I had no problems. I will purchase this brand again this year.Report
I burned through a ton of these pellets last winter, purchased from Tractor Supply Company. I had no problems with them, just as hot and same amount of ash as any other. Harman P43 stove.Report
Not impressed, my stove has never been picky but these create at least 5 times as much ash as the Tractor Supply house brand pellets do without getting as hot. Had to supplement with the furnace on cold days.Report