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  • Comment Link d. linnane Wednesday, 26 March 2014 23:12 posted by d. linnane

    I've been burning pellets in my Harman Advance for over 15 years. These Nations Choice pellets are the filthiest, clinker causing poor excuse for hardwood pellets I have ever used. We have cleaned our stove every 2 weeks because the build up on the upper guide forces it completely away from the plate behind it. The side of my house is an oily black soot covered eyesore which will hopefully come off with a pressure washer. If this were the only choice of pellet available, I would burn oil. I don't believe the analysis on the bag and this pellet should be avoided at all costs.

  • Comment Link M.D.Lauter Tuesday, 18 March 2014 03:18 posted by M.D.Lauter

    Nations Choice, an awful misnomer.Our Heatilator boiler had huge clinkers we never had before, and 1 ton gave more sawdust than 9 ton of the Green brand from Home depot last year. Very disappointing.

  • Comment Link Andrew Ward Saturday, 08 March 2014 20:07 posted by Andrew Ward

    I purchased 2 tons of Nations Choice pellets from Lowes and was excited at first as the bags seemed to have the least amount of fines I've ever seen. No more plume of dust when I pour the bag into the stove. They do have a peculiar smell to them. My biggest complaint is that they produce a tremendous amount of ash. The ash is very fine, but fills my ash pan after burning only four bags? I do have to completely clean the stove every 2 weeks or 14-20 bags due to excessive ash build up. They seem to burn well enough in my Harman Accentra insert, but the excessive ash is not something I'm willing to deal with ever again. Thumbs down.

  • Comment Link Brian Monday, 03 March 2014 01:47 posted by Brian

    Bought these pellets for the first time from a big box store because all the others were out. And thus far I have only one question:

    If these are indeed hardwood pellets why do the pellets, upon opening the bag, smell like a pine tree?

    Pine trees are classified as a softwood tree.

  • Comment Link Lynn Rogers Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:12 posted by Lynn Rogers

    These are by far the worst pellets I have ever burnt. I had so much ash build up. They also do not burn hot. My house was cold. Had to turn our heater on which we did not have to run before in 9 degree temps. Would never purchase again. I am even thinking about returning the ones I have left.

  • Comment Link DAvid R Monday, 03 February 2014 01:44 posted by DAvid R

    Bought a few bags from Lowes in DE due to the shortage of pellets. Every week, there are different brands there and HD(every HD is different here!!)

    No problems with clinkers, ash seems high, and heat seems ok, but the weather is also VERY warm right now. Window darkens early, and there seems to be a lot of oily residue in the stove.

    My main complaint....there are corn pellets in there, and VERY dark hard pellets. Maybe 50 pellets per bag CORN?! This is NOT 100% hardwood now is it. Not sure if I should complain to Lowes, or Nation's Choice. My stove is not meant to burn corn.

  • Comment Link denny Monday, 27 January 2014 02:11 posted by denny

    Posted the other day as positive but after three bags i must admit the pellets are not good.
    Although they hold their own in heat output and min fines in the bags and no clinkers, the soot they produce in the stove which one finds days later is not worth it,
    The last bag I have is allocated to "cat litter"
    Rob if possible please remove my prior post as these are not a good pellet at all......

  • Comment Link Michelle Saturday, 25 January 2014 01:37 posted by Michelle

    we bought Nation's Choice for the 1st time today and felt the bags seemed a little light, so we weighted them on 2 different scales and found them not to be 40 pounds but they were 35 pounds. That's 250 pounds short per ton!!!

  • Comment Link denny Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:02 posted by denny

    Purchased three bags to try them at Lowe's Epping 01/212014
    Fresh stove clean and empty hopper loaded with them.
    Now 24 hours plus later I must admit these pellets hold their own easy as I have been home for 3 plus hours and at 8 degrees with 3 zones on furnace the furnace has not come on.
    Although the stove settings are higher than the cubex I burn these pellets are maintaining 71 degrees in the house no problem and far room is 69 with of course two small in the doorway fans as usual.
    Cubex burn settings on my stove 1/3 or 2/3
    Nations Choice 2/3 and current 4/4
    In the 24 plus hour burn not one clinker "none" and ash is fine and better than NE Wood pellets.
    Door glass is surprisingly clean.... wow.
    The bags have very very little fines as a matter of fact the least I have seen this season.
    Pellets do have a slight odd odor but not offensive.
    Air temp out of stove is 229
    I have pics I can send in as well.
    I would burn these again but seeing other reviews I may have lucked out with a decent run.
    thank you

  • Comment Link James Balcom Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:31 posted by James Balcom

    American Harvest Multi Fuel by US Stove Co.
    Model 6039
    I Have Been Burning for 5 years , First time I used Nations Choice... Very clean burning minimal soot, good heat. And yes I clean stove regularly at least twice a month depending on amount burned. No sign of any " clumping" always a complete burn.. I would highly recommend

  • Comment Link Steven Sunday, 05 January 2014 18:05 posted by Steven

    Within two bags the burn pot was clogged. Won't buy again!

  • Comment Link Jean Foley Sunday, 05 January 2014 14:33 posted by Jean Foley

    Purchased fireside last year from Home Depot, last year was satified with heat output. This year nature's choice was the only brand that Home Depot was carrying. I have cleaned my stove weekly and monthly, there is tons of ash and fly away and I'm freezing there was no heat output. I have a harmon xxv stove which is excellent and I've owned for five years. We took the stove apart and cleaned everything outside and inside . I should've looked at reviews before I purchased and I would save myself 3 tons of pellets. Making a complaint to Home Depot to never Sell this brand again

  • Comment Link Keith Saturday, 04 January 2014 20:13 posted by Keith

    I tried these and had the same terrible results as stated in the last post. Over the past six years I have never had any pellets that were bad like this brand. They are terrible! Definitely not premium like they state on the packaging.
    I take the stove apart and clean everything once per year and then a basic weekly cleaning. The first few bags even jammed up my auger. The price was great but that is where it ends. I have used Fireside from Home Depot and New England Wood Pellets, both of which burned excellent with no issues.

    I have a Big E stove by Breckwell

  • Comment Link Sharon Wednesday, 25 December 2013 23:39 posted by Sharon

    I purchased 3 tons of nations choice which I got at Home Depot. I clean my Harman stove monthly and there was ALOT of ash which also had big clumps. My biggest problem with these pellets is the weight of the bags. I happened to weigh a bag because when I picked up a bag it was only half full. Just an example of some of the bags I weighted:
    1 bag 27lbs
    1 bag 26lbs
    2 bags 28lbs
    1 bag 35lbs
    1 bag 39lbs
    only one bag was close to 40lbs! Now that's a waste of my money. I am going to try to deal with the company and see what happens. Will let you all know.

  • Comment Link Patricia Saturday, 30 November 2013 18:05 posted by Patricia

    I just burned a ton of these in my Harman P43 stove and they are the worst pellets I have ever used! There was a high ash content and the ash felt like sand feeling very gritty.

    We had a cold stretch of weather and the stove was burning about 1 1/2 bags a day. In 18 days between cleanings the ash pan was just about full and there was a thick ash build up on the walls of the stove.

    These pellets are the first ones that have made a crust on the heat exchanger. Usually I have an a ash there that comes right off with a brush. I had to use the scraper to get the crud off.

    I will never buy these again. Poor, poor, poor quality!

  • Comment Link Matt Jenkins Saturday, 02 November 2013 18:13 posted by Matt Jenkins

    Tried three bags of these in my Harman P61. I find this stove works well with all brands of pellets, UNTIL, I tried nations choice, total garbage. Sooty yellow burn, lots of clinkers, lots of dust, and low heat output. Out of the bag these pellets have an aroma reminiscent of the smell given off when a dull circular saw blade is forced to burn its way through plywood.

  • Comment Link Relay68 Sunday, 24 March 2013 02:42 posted by Relay68

    I've burned all different brands of these pellets in my Harmon Pellet Stove and these are by far the worst pellets I've ever used. They clump up the pellets are all different sizes, lots of saw dust in the bags, high ash content, low heat more like no heat. I could barely tell the stove was even on. By far the worst pellets and wouldn't recommend them to anyone. I returned 3 tons of pellets back to home depot and replaced them with fireside and haven't had a problem since.

  • Comment Link Robert Wednesday, 13 March 2013 02:17 posted by Robert

    I have a Buffalo Pellet stove purchased and manufactured locally in Salamanca,NY. Last year I burned 3 ton of Nations Choice from Home Depot without too many problems......moderate ash and weekly cleaning. This year I tried them again and they are terrible. Not burning well at all. Big chunks and heavy ash in burn pot......not much ash in clean out pan. After a day or two I get a lazy flame and a ton of black soot. I am always very particular with cleaning and maintaining my stove. First year I have had these problems. Will be trying a different brand next year. Still have a ton left.......anyone interested? LOL!

  • Comment Link Bill Gallerizzo Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:34 posted by Bill Gallerizzo

    I recently posted this afternoon about some difficulty with Nation's Choice wood pellets. I did locate some email addresses for the company. I sent off the company rep and got a call back almost right away. IFP has been in the pellet business only since 2006. They were equally as concerned over the safety issue with my particular batch and are putting a company rep on the problem. Talk a bout being responsive, they called back whereas Home Depot did not. The company official who called me was grateful for the feedback as most people post their discontent on blogs but don't detail the issue to them directly. They are trying to lock down the quality control of the product and assured me that they are now going to code each production batch so as to aid investigation into quality and safety of the product. Although I've never had the issues with other pellets, I really think they're on the level. I didn't mind buying a Canadian pellet but was glad to have gotten a US product. I think IFP responds like US companies used to, and I find that encouraging.

  • Comment Link Marilyn Hingston Monday, 21 January 2013 16:08 posted by Marilyn Hingston

    I've had my pellet stove for 10 years and this is the first time I've used Nation's Choice and it will be the last. Got it at Home Depot where they usually have pretty good pellets. I thought it was my stove acting up until I've read all the reviews here. I have to clean the pot every day as there is ALWAYS a large chunk/clump that clogs the pot. Also, so many clinkers. Have never had to empty the ash pan so many times and so full of clinkers and crap. And, I religiously clean this stove every year....have done at least 5 complete cleanings this season alone because the pellets are so bad. Ash, carbon, clinkers. Worst product ever. Would love my money back. Oh yeah, I have to keep the stove on low or would have to clean pot more than once a day!!

  • Comment Link Jeremy Monday, 07 January 2013 12:07 posted by Jeremy

    I burned a bag of nations choice pellets and had no problems. They put out good heat. The only thing that i noticed was a bit more ash and a little sparking as they which goes away if you turn the feed up.

  • Comment Link Bob G Sunday, 06 January 2013 19:50 posted by Bob G

    I have 2 quadrafire 1200i's and have been burning for 8years.
    Nations choice are the WORST pellet I have ever burned. CLINKERS galore. Must clean daily. Different size pellets. May have damaged my stoves from using these.

  • Comment Link Eric Thursday, 03 January 2013 04:33 posted by Eric

    Breckwell Big E, never had more problems from the heavy ash, which appears to be from trash in the pellets that will not burn, to clinkers. These pellets are the worst I've ever used. They also have not been cut to the proper length. I have 2-3 inch pellets coming out of every bag so far. I have sheared a half a dozen pins in the auger motor from the pellets causing jams. I have 2.5 tons left and hope I can make it without finally having enough and composting them...

  • Comment Link Tom Gish Saturday, 29 December 2012 13:04 posted by Tom Gish

    I have been burning wood pellets for 13 years in both a Harmon P68A & 2 Breckwell P-2700's. I have bought every brand of pellet I could get my hands on without any issues what so ever, & was happy with each brand. The past few years I have been buying 6 tons at a time from Home Depot & that will last me the year with some leftover. each year a different brand, whatevre they can get. They all have worked fine. This year they delivered Nations Choice pellets & I need to clean my pot at least every other day, compered to maybe twice a week. The ash is minimal but the pot gets full with one big clump. Other than that the heat is fine. I will not buy Nations Choice again. I have started to mix them with leftover pellets from last year, but have not noticed a difference yet

  • Comment Link The Chez Sunday, 23 December 2012 13:25 posted by The Chez

    I'm burning Nation Pellets from Home Depot in a Quadra fire. I would not buy this brand again. I'm having a hard time chiseling out the burn pot size clunkers. I used Stove Chow from home depot last year with no issues. I hope this information helps.

  • Comment Link Charles Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:39 posted by Charles

    I am burning Nations Choice pellets in a Harmon Accentra fireplace insert with no problems. I picked up 2 tons at my local Home Depot. The heat output is good and there is a moderate amount of ash produced that is well within the acceptable range. I can go about 2-1/2 weeks before emptying the ash pan which is not bad at all. I was a bit skeptical at first because of negative reviews (from last winter's batch), but after using about 12 bags I am satisfied that these pellets will burn without any issues.

  • Comment Link Charles Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:39 posted by Charles

    I have a Harman Accentra Fireplace insert and have found that Nations Choice pellets produce plenty of heat and moderate ash. I was skeptical because of the negative reviews that I read (mostly from last winter's batch), but I am more than satisfied with these pellets.

  • Comment Link Jim Saturday, 24 November 2012 19:52 posted by Jim

    I agree with the last two posts This is the best burning pellet I have ever used.The high ash produced is a product of complete combustion.My Avalon runs for 5 days before I have to dump the ash and my firebox has never chunked up using these pellets. The problem with most suppliers is they store the pellets outside in the bags that are micro pierced and they sit sucking up moisture.My Lowe's stores these pellets in the glass enclosed front entrance facing south the sun warms the enclosure. do not buy pellets from a supplier that stores them outdoors

  • Comment Link John Sunday, 18 November 2012 13:18 posted by John

    Using a Harman PF100 Furnace have had no issues other than they are a little dusty out of the bag. Makes good heat with no major differences in regards to clinkers or ash. Found them at Home Depot with a Military discount for $189 per ton.

  • Comment Link don Monday, 05 November 2012 22:56 posted by don

    I have a harman p68 and have burned these pellets about a month without any problems.the local home depot sells them for 209 a ton.running the stove on a low setting and keeping my home at 85 when its 30 out.the wife likes it hot

  • Comment Link RICK Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:19 posted by RICK

    I run a englander Stove and found the pellets burn clean and very little ash is left

  • Comment Link Kam Tuesday, 24 January 2012 01:42 posted by Kam

    I have a Breckwell stove. It has no problem lighting the Nations Choice pellets, but they do not have the heat output of of other pellets. They do have a bit of an odd odor to them. I find them similar to other lower heat pellets such as Pennington. On the plus side, the stove glass stays cleaner than with other pellets.

  • Comment Link mawgyit Monday, 23 January 2012 01:00 posted by mawgyit

    bought these from HD past weekend as cheaper alternative to my stove shop brand, I normally burn Lignetics (blue print). Nation's Choice is a lot more ashy. with only 1/4 of the bag burned the inside of my stove was already covered with ash which looked like metal was covered with black velvet. Also noticed the burn port had a lot of carbon deposits. Once it starts burning, it provides good head but buyer beware, this would require more frequent cleaning and require pot cleaning after each day.

    Stove is Harmon P35

  • Comment Link Ronald Underwood Monday, 12 December 2011 13:16 posted by Ronald Underwood

    We had never bought this brand before and thought we would try them. We found them very hard to ignite and low heat value. Our furnace kept coming on with it set at 64 all night long and had stove set on high....Very low flame in the morning and the main blower on it had shut down due to lack of heat. Have to run it on high all of the time to get any heat out of them. They almost smell musty and damp. We purchased them at Home Depot - Rutland Vermont and we definately not happy with them. Thanks for the chance to try them....

  • Comment Link Jeff Friday, 18 November 2011 19:52 posted by Jeff

    I have a Harman Accentra insert and had difficulty burning these pellets as well, mainly just getting them to ignite on a cold stove. Pellets would be spilling out of the burn pot before ignition. Basically it took 2 auto ignition cycles for the pellets to ignite. Thinking the problem may be related to cleaning, I thoroughly cleaned the stove, including the burn pot, but the problem continued. After swithcing to a different pellet brand, I no longer had the problem.

    Once these pellets ignited they actually burned pretty well. Good heat and low ash.

  • Comment Link Fred Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:56 posted by Fred

    I purchased a couple of bags of Nations Choice recently from the Londonderry, NH Home Depot to see if this pellet has improved for the 2011-12 heating season. Date code on the bag was 09/2011 so I know I was getting some of the newer bags. Unfortunately after burning them, I will have to largely agree with the Admin review.

    I own a Quadrafire CB1200 insert and although the volume of ash was light after burning just one bag, this pellet left a large and thick clinker that covered the entire bottom of my burn pot. This definitely covered several of the combustion air holes.

    I was hoping that for this trouble, I would at least get a decent amount of heat, but I was disappointed. I had to turn up my feed rate to twice the setting I was using to burn Green Teams and still the heat output was nothing to write home about.

    I won't bother burning the second bad. This will most likely turn up as cage liner.

  • Comment Link Gweeper64 Tuesday, 01 March 2011 17:56 posted by Gweeper64

    Disclaimer: I have a Mt Vernon AE (multi-fuel) which will burn almost anything.
    I have burned quite a few of these in the past month. When I went shopping one time, these were all the local Lowes had (besides Infernos which I don't like at all). I decided to give them a try and they turned out not to be pretty good for the price. The ash amount is moderate, comparable to other "mid pack, premium" brands like Stove Chow, Fireside Ultra and NEWP. The heat output is pretty good and they give a decent burn time per bag. I noticed that the pellets in the batches I have had are on the long side. Fines quantity is good too (better than some others I have tried). I rate Nation's Choice comparable to Stove Chow for my stove and don't hesitate to buy them.

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