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As we all know year to year pellets change. Here are my thoughts for this year (14-15) season.
Good strong bags
Small pellet size
Average fines (buildup in burn pot is hard though)
Above average heat
Bought 20 bags of these from the local lowes. Fairly uninspiring pellets for the price (4.29/bag). Every bag quite dusty and dozens of wood chips in with the pellets. Assuming these will jam my auger at some point so I've been trying to pick them out. Average to high amount of ash, I have to clean every 2-3 days with a smaller stove and ash tray. Using about 1.5-2 bags per day. Seem to take a while to ignite as well, perhaps these bags got exposed to moisture at some point? I'll look elsewhere for my next batch. I'm fairly new to pellet stoves so it could also be that I'm still learning how to work the stove somewhat but seem to get better results with stove chow.
englander 25 pdvc
I have been trying all the box store brands before i invested into tonage.
lowes: green team pellets by england
worst pellets of all I used low heat lots of ash and clinkers alot of soot. $4.12 a bag
Lowes: Natures own.. gives ok heat burns quick though, few clinkers, very sooty $4.12 a bag
home depot- stove chows- best of the bunch. very hot, burns slow low ash and soot clinker free. 4.50 a bag
wal mart: natures heat by pennington
real good heat modeate ash and soot a clinker or 2. Makes the outside of your home smell like burning cow crap, weird smell, other than that its my second choice. $5.00 a bag
Burned great in my Harman Accentra. Better than average heat and no more ash than expected. Burned better than the Maine Woods I burned. Pellet size was small and consistent. Not much dust in the bag. Glass stayed reasonably clean. Probably going to pick up more. Great deal for 219/ton at Lowes in my opinion.
I brought3 bags of Natures Own to try at Lowes of Hanover Pa. Burned hot with very litlle ash and fines with no klinlers in my Quada Fire Bay 1200