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Stove Chow Wood Pellet fuel pellets

Stove Chow pellets are out of PA by Premier Pellet.  Premier Pellet has locations in PA and Canada.  Is this Energex?

 

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  • Comment Link Madeleine Sunday, 23 February 2014 13:11 posted by Madeleine

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  • Comment Link Joan Saturday, 15 February 2014 19:48 posted by Joan

    Stove chow are the best pellets I have purchased for my Whitfield Quest stove. I bought them last year from Home Depot but they did not sell them this year but did sell an inferior brand. Where can I purchase them in the Zip code 14225 area.

  • Comment Link bill Monday, 10 February 2014 02:32 posted by bill

    i have an england stove, new 4 mthsw ago. i buy stove chow from home depot. i get it because my co. as a bonus for the wrk im currently doing buys me 10 bags. if i had to buy it i wouldn't. it doesnt burn completely, the bags have lots of powdered pellets. 1 in 10 will have a 1/4 of a bag of just pellet dust.i have to shovel the burn pot every couple hours or it just keeps piling up with half burnt pellets. over all i think they are a poor quality pellet, nowhere near what home depot claims them to be or, what the bag claims.

  • Comment Link Dr. Susini Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:00 posted by Dr. Susini

    Reading Joe P's troubles comfirms my suspicions. I just got off the phone with Home Depot trying to convince them that something is wrong with their Stove Chow pellets. Hi have have been on the wrong track all winter thinking that I was having an air flow problem with my Englander stove. After taking it apart and cleaning everthing I could, my burn pot would still clog up after only a few hours. When Home Depot replaced the stove Chow with Pres-to-Logs, my stove is working like new again. Home Depot is going to haave to stand behind their product and stop saying that no one else is complaining.

  • Comment Link Tony Rago Wednesday, 08 January 2014 23:33 posted by Tony Rago

    I guess your stove has a lot to do with it..The Chows
    burn as hot or hotter than the Premium Energex hardwoods. Have a Harman P61A which will also burn corns, oats etc..
    The Stove chows are distributed by Energex of which I have burned a few ton..They also seem to have more burning time...Bought at Home Depot in Levittown. 229.00 ton...Ash seems to be clumpy but no more ash than the Energex. No problem with clinkers either so as I said, all stove must burn different to a degree...

  • Comment Link Joe P Monday, 30 December 2013 14:40 posted by Joe P

    I burned 3 ton of Stove Chow in 2012 without many problems, this year I've already burned 1.5 ton. This year (2013) I can't seem to get my airflow in tune. I've tried everything, several combinations of airflow/feed settings, including the Stove's factory settings. It seems burn more consistent with a higher feed setting, about 2.5 lbs per hour on my lowest heat setting, but I'm burning way too much fuel, and its burning dirty, so dirty I decided to shut it down and check the exhaust. I found a a lot of fly ash (Yes, I performed my annual cleaning/service before the start of the season)! I wonder if the pellet's moisture content is too high and/or Home Depot sold me left over pellets from last year. I store my pellets indoors, in a dry area, maybe Stove Chow just plain SUCKS!

    I bought 5 bags of another brand (Presto-logs), reset my stove to factory settings, and they're burning perfectly over the last 72 hours. They're burning clean with Low ash. Looks like a permanent fuel change for this guy! I guess I'll just have to blend half ton of stove chow with a better brand so it doesn't go to waste.

  • Comment Link Rick Wednesday, 18 December 2013 22:15 posted by Rick

    I have a Quadra-fire pellet stove insert I bought 2 years ago. Last year I used presto-pellets, from Lowe's for $4.18/bag, I never had a problem. This year I started using stove chow pellets from Home Depot for $3.92/bag. I periodically clean the stove every 2 weeks. With stove chow I have to clean it every week or the clinker buildup stops the air-flow so the unit won't fire. Looks like i'll be heading back to Lowe's for .26 cents more a bag...

  • Comment Link Robyn Monday, 25 November 2013 13:23 posted by Robyn

    The Stove Chow I bought from the Kingston H.D. burns about 100+* hotter (using an IR thermometer) in my Thelin parlor stove than the Green Supreme that I have been using the last few years. Instead of a brown soot coating on the glass of my stove I get a gray ash covering it and the ash build up in the stove from the Stove Chow doesnt accumulate as quickly in the burn chamber, but is blown out the chimney and ends up in the clean out drop. Neither pellet creates clinkers in my stoves. This year anyway Stove Chow seems to be a superior pellet for the coldest days of this winter.

  • Comment Link Mike Tuesday, 05 November 2013 05:40 posted by Mike

    The $4.18 a bag was just too tempting this year with all the high-end pellets priced at over $300.00 plus for a ton on long island. This years Stove Chow, I must say is burning wonderfully in my Whitfield Advantage II insert. I had mixed feelings on it last year, but have not one complaint with the pellets themseles, burning hot, glass is getting a very slow build up, and ash is not bad at all. My only complaint is with the bags as they are super thin and if your not extremely careful. They rip if you look at them the wrong way.

  • Comment Link Jesse James Monday, 04 November 2013 12:54 posted by Jesse James

    What most people miss about burning pellets, is the pellet mix determines how to adjust the air mixture. if you burn one brand then the next bag is another brand watch the flame, learn to read the flame and adjust accordingly. You may have to take a picture of the flame, record the brand and after a hopper full check out the ash and burn pot and read your notes carefully. You will see that different pellets always burn differently due to the type of wood and dryness of the pellet. a 100% hardwood pellet if never the same as another brands 100% hardwood due to the tree species it comes from. Those of us who burn wood know this and watch the burn to adjust the flame for the most efficient burn. It's not hard work, but you need to know the flame and be ready to adjust the air mixture to get that perfect flame for the most efficient burn. A poor burn is a waste of heat and money.

    Recently I cleaned a pellet stove chimney and got (ready for this?) over 3 gallons of soot and about one gallon of it was pure creosote in that 4 inch 20 foot chimney. Mind you it was stainless steel flex pipe. They used a poor brush to clean the pipe and that brush was not stiff enough to remove the creosote, thus the buildup. I use the Rutland brushes and are very happy with them they are stiff enough to remove the creosote. Note contrary to popular myth, pellets stoves can produce creosote in the exhaust/chimney pipe. This is a fire danger! Be vigilant and clean the pipe frequently the first year to know your stoves and pipes buildup rates. Monthly the first year is not an unreasonable cleaning period, till you know how much ash and or creosote builds up.

  • Comment Link Jesse James Monday, 04 November 2013 12:38 posted by Jesse James

    I had no problems with stove chow and I am a pellet user of over a decade, and what I have noticed is the resellers have this nasty habit of storing the pallets of pellets in the rain, outdoors in humid weather for months on end. This is a bad bad idea as pellets can not be allowed to absorb humidity. Humidity makes them hard to light, they will burn poorly, and jam a stove sometimes because if excessive fines (dust).

    ALWAYS examine your supplier/reseller of pellets to make sure they store the pellets in doors not out in a yard. Even if they are stored under a awning outdoors in some areas of the country the humidity will permeate the bags, and what most people don't know the changing outdoor temperatures cause condensation inside the bag which causes excessively humid pellets, and they will also break apart with handling the bags causing excessive fines (dust) which can cause stove failures.

    I repair pellet stoves and burn 8 tons a winter.

  • Comment Link Paul H Wednesday, 30 October 2013 23:52 posted by Paul H

    I bought stove chow for my Englander stove from H.D. The few bags started up fast and burn hotter than others I have used. So I bought 2 tons this year. H.D. delivered and only 2 of the bags had small rips, so no lost pellets. Stove does no seem to create a lot of ash or at least no more than others. The only thing I have noticed is the are a few black deposits, but not bad. For $219 a ton I will use stove chow as my regular pellet going forward

  • Comment Link robert maher Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:41 posted by robert maher

    I bought a ton of stovechow pellets @ the home depot dickson city pa 9/16/13 I went thru 3 pallets that had pellets leaking out the bottom the 4th one was still leaking pellets but I took it ! I straped the pallet down I got a1/4 mile away & the pellet colapsed & fell on the road when I unloaded it I found out that the bottom 5 bags were busted & wet ! that was the reason the pallet colapsed ! your bags are thin, my fingers go right thru them, called home depot & told them about it ! I lost 9 bags on the road they`re reimbursing them! I`m a senior citizen & go thru 5 ton a year I`ll be @ lowes to get the other 4 ton !

  • Comment Link Mike Mariani Friday, 30 August 2013 17:21 posted by Mike Mariani

    I have an AUSTROFLAMM INTEGRA insert that holds 99 lbs. and burnt Stove Chow for 2 years which are similar to Dry Creek and burnt 4 1/2 tons this past winter with no problems...some clinckers from time to time, good heat output...well worth the $189/ton from HD....also burnt Cubex (the best but expensive), Energex, New England and a few others...stove has been burning for 13 years and still going strong...

  • Comment Link Mike Monday, 25 March 2013 01:10 posted by Mike

    I have a Harman stove and this late in the season, I don't need a full ton of pellets so have tried some different brands. I bought five bags of Stove Chow pellets at at Home Depot near Albany, NY. Thank goodness I only bought five bags! These are the worse pellets of any I have burned in the one year of owning the stove. The pellets left big clumps of ashes on the edge of the burn pot, specks of black on the glass in the door, heavy build up of soot in the stove and quite a bit of creosote in the burn pot.

  • Comment Link Robert Carr Friday, 08 March 2013 18:27 posted by Robert Carr

    Sir: I don't understand all of the comments you get on your product Stove Chow. I purchased 2 Ton at the beginning of the season from Home Depot. I have to shut my stove down at least 3 times during the day to clean the ash. This is from one bag, The hopper only holds one bag. This was the only brand available from them at the time. This product has a large amount of ash.

  • Comment Link Bob Hamilton Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:57 posted by Bob Hamilton

    I have a Travis Industries "Pioneer" pellet stove.I have been burning for 3 years now and the most efficient burn comes from Stove Chow.It ignites faster and burns cleaner than any of the others i've tried.The only drawback is the availability from my area Home Depot store (Syracuse,NY).They tell me they don't always have access to a distributor.Can that be true?

  • Comment Link pat wallen Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:42 posted by pat wallen

    I have been burning stove chow for the last year i really like the way they burn and the price.

  • Comment Link Ted Robbins Saturday, 26 January 2013 21:36 posted by Ted Robbins

    I've been heating with pellets for 6 years now and have tried every brand of pellets offered by Lowes, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. I have a Pel-Pro, Cheap Charlie stove which supposedly holds 120 lbs of pellets(maybe 100)All of the pellets I've tried make ash and they all leave ash deposits on front window and all of them, with the exception of Stove Chow have visible sawdust and are dusty when being dumped. That said, I can say that I have never tried another brand that puts out equal heat. I am sold on STOVE CHOW and will seek it out in the future.
    Purchased the current batch at Home Depot @$3.97/bag.

  • Comment Link Laura Monday, 21 January 2013 23:53 posted by Laura

    We bought these about a month ago and these are close to if not better than the okanagan pellets we've used before. They burn so hot we can't go over number 1 without the house getting to hot. We will be purchasing a ton of these next year for sure. The best!

  • Comment Link Kevin Thursday, 17 January 2013 05:10 posted by Kevin

    I got some stove chow from Home Depot for the first time for $3.94 a bag and I'm very satisfied with these pellets. They give off alot of heat with very little ash. I think these pellets give off more heat than any other brand we have used. the only other pellet that would come close to these for heat would be fire side which home depot sells also for $3.94 a bag. I found Stove chow at our local Aubuchon hardware for $6.95 a bag.

  • Comment Link Okey Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:15 posted by Okey

    I'm new to pellet stoves but just installed a Quadra-Ire 1200 in Dec. I have been using Stove Chow pellets. I have burned 30 bags so far. I clean the stove every other day. The ash can vac has about 2" of ash for this number of bags which seems good to me. One problem I have noticed is the formation of klinkers. When the stove shuts down via the thermostat, I use the lever to clean the klinkers from the ash pot. If I don't The stove may start hard and blows smoke into the room.
    For the price, I think they are good.

  • Comment Link pat wallen Sunday, 06 January 2013 01:51 posted by pat wallen

    I like stove chow, they burn hot but they do leave the glass silty.

  • Comment Link Steve Saturday, 29 December 2012 16:34 posted by Steve

    OK, bought a few bags at HD and for my harman accentra these burn very well.. I'm impressed and will buy more. Low ash, clean burn, and hot. $4.29 a bag, but instead of the horrible burn or Cheat river, and other big box pellets, not bad.

  • Comment Link Steve Friday, 28 December 2012 16:44 posted by Steve

    Had my Harman Accentra insert installed on November 21st of this year and have been using Stove Chow from Home Depot. Once a week I'll empty the ash pan, clean the burn pot, and vacuum the stove. A week of burning leaves me with about 1/2 a coffee can in the ash pan. Have had no problems yet except I have to keep the stove at 67 degrees or it drives me out of the house, which is a small ranch.This is my first year burning the pellets and my only concern is keeping the pipes from freezing. I had 3/4's tank of oil when it was instaled 5 weeks ago and still have 3/4's today. I'm not sure if it's the stove or the pellets, but the stove burns great.

  • Comment Link James Norris Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:50 posted by James Norris

    The regular pellet stoves are hard to come by but in Eugene, Oregon, I have seen some great offers and deals.

  • Comment Link Brown Eye Man Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:42 posted by Brown Eye Man

    Average pellet for mid season, preferred as a shoulder season heat source. High ash content. Good price at $4.18 at Home Depot on Long Island. If you are cleaning your stove everyday, then it is a good bang for the buck.

  • Comment Link Tim Sunday, 23 December 2012 16:34 posted by Tim

    Ok, maybe this will help with the good then not good. Last year 2011 the quality was better, more heat less ash. Even alot less dust in the bag. The quality depends on the saw dust they are able to get, period.. If the manufacturing company has their own sawmill they have more control over quality. I'm only buying one ton this year, last year bought 2.

  • Comment Link Peggy Saunders Tuesday, 11 December 2012 23:19 posted by Peggy Saunders

    Would like to know where can we purchase the brand Stove Chow wood pellets in the area of New Hartford or Utica, NY area. The Home Depot in New Hartford, on French Road does not carry them. Is there a store in the area that sells that brand of wood pellets.

    Thank you

  • Comment Link Peggy Saunders Tuesday, 11 December 2012 23:18 posted by Peggy Saunders

    Would like to know where can we purchase the brand Stove Chow wood pellets in the area of New Hartford or Utica, NY area. The Home Depot in New Hartford, on French Road does not carry them. Is there a store in the area that sells that brand of wood pellets.

    Thank you

  • Comment Link Rich V Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:29 posted by Rich V

    I'm brand new to this. I have an Eco-Aire Window Pellet Unit (USSC). These pellets work. I run the stove on the lowest setting and it keeps my 860 sq ft home over 70 degrees when the outside low temperature is in the high 20's. I must turn it off when outside is in the 50's or it gets over 80 in here. I must clean out my burn pot twice a day because it completely fills up with ash. I tried a couple other pellet brands already that don't put out as much heat and/or jam my auger. I use these because they are cheap at my local Home Depot. Will try others to see if I can get less ash build-up

  • Comment Link MarcusK Monday, 12 November 2012 01:44 posted by MarcusK

    We've been burning Stove Chow pellets for about month now and they do burn very hot. Much less saw dust/fines, hotter, and cheaper than the Okanogans I was burning for the past couple years. The one negative of the Stove Chow is the amount of ash. The Okanogans does have much less ash. I am cleaning out the stove much more often. All in all, a good purchase.

  • Comment Link Angel Tuesday, 06 November 2012 22:09 posted by Angel

    How the store keeps their supply stored makes all the difference because moisture will cause pellets to expand and become sawdust. When i first installed my New Englader stove last year, i was anxious to try it, so i went to Home Depot and picked up 1 bag of American Wood Fibers that they had stored in a cage outside the store. When i opened the bag, the pellets were pale and swollen. Just grabbing a bunch of them out the bag would disintegrate in your hand and turn to sawdust. I walked right back in and got a refund. I then did my research and went with New England premium wood pellets which I bought from a local coal dealer at $325 a ton. I have been burning that and I truly love them, but i ran into a bag of Stove Chow at Home Depot and so for $4.18 a bag, I figured its worth a shot. Thats $209 a ton vs $325 a ton for New Englad brand. I have not fired up the Stove Chow yet, I bought it today and with temps in the teens tonight, this will be the ultimate test. I will be sure to post tomorrow on my findings. As for the New England brand, i get a handful of ash on the burn pot after every bag. I vacuum after each bag because i'm a neat-freak. The one other thing I love about New England brand is that they are packaged in a clear bag which allows you to see the quality of the pellets and if theres any sawdust in the bag before you buy. STAY AWAY from bags that have great amounts of noticeable sawdust. I purchased 2 tons of New England premium and all the bags were great, no visible sawdust. The only reason i have chosen to try Stove Chow is because of my quest for less expensive pellets to save me more money on my alternate source of heating !! I want to start an Oil Haters club! Lol

  • Comment Link Dennis Saturday, 03 November 2012 11:51 posted by Dennis

    Trying some stove chow this year, burns great for a softwood mix, does not burn as good as a hardwood but for $209 a ton it's hard to beat. Englander 25pdvc

  • Comment Link Louis Sunday, 14 October 2012 01:19 posted by Louis

    I have a harmon Advance and these pellets burn great. I bought the most expensive pellets I could buy last year, and I am comparing the stove Chow and these burn hot. I noticed most of the people with the Harmon Stoves seems to like the Stove Chow pellets as I do, I guess there is a difference in the stove.

  • Comment Link Al Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:54 posted by Al

    I just read all the reviewsfor the Stove Chow pellets. Kinda reminds me of whats better Ford or Chevy. I've been burning pellets for I don't know how many years. I've tried a bunch from the number #1 rated Cubex, Spruce Pointe, Energex, Dry Creek, etc. They all suck especially Cubex. Worst year I every had when I had them. Dealer would not take them back. I bought Stove Chow from Home Depot at $55 a ton cheaper and they work great. I have a Harman insert and I think I can burn water in it. Everything is a matter of opinion including mine.

  • Comment Link DR Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:23 posted by DR

    Tom - Stove Chow is 100% hardwood. Stating it's "white wood" simply means there is no bark.

    As for your comment about the density, it's true that in cordwood form, softwood is less dense but that's not true of wood pellet fuel.

    The density is determined by the pellet mill. Try dropping a pellet (ever 100% softwood) into a glass of water and it will sink whereas a tree will float.

  • Comment Link Tom Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:36 posted by Tom

    This is the first bag of Stove Chow pellets I've tried. I have a thermometer on the hot air exhaust to do an actual temperature output. Using the tempurature reading from the bag (American Wood product) previous (133deg)I ran that out and put in a bag of Stove chow and checked the tempurature (117deg)output after 6 hours. There is definately a temperature output difference. I like to have facts not just assumptions. I also noticed when the hopper is full it's not hard to empty the whole bag of American Wood Products 40lb bag. With the stove chow it was work to get the whole bag in which tells me there is more in the Stove chow to achieve 40lbs in the bags. THis tells me there is a lighter weight wood in the stove chow which can only mean they are using a soft wood as filler. Soft wood doesn't burn as hot. THis will be the last bag of Stove Chow I'll use. I looked at the bag and they don't state what the wood hard or soft, they just state it's a white wood (pine is white wood and a soft wood). As far as I'm concerned that's deceptive advertisement and the same thing politicians are doing, only telling half the truth. No thanks.

  • Comment Link Tom Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:30 posted by Tom

    This is the first bag of Stove Chow pellets I've tried. I have a thermometer on the hot air exhaust to do an actual temperature output. Using the tempurature reading from the bag (American Wood product) previous (133deg)I ran that out and put in a bag of Stove chow and checked the tempurature (117deg)output after 6 hours. There is definately a temperature output difference. I like to have facts not just assumptions. I also noticed when the hopper is full it's not hard to empty the whole bag of American Wood Products 40lb bag. With the stove chow it was work to get the whole bag in which tells me there is more in the Stove chow to achieve 40lbs in the bags. THis tells me there is a lighter weight wood in the stove chow which can only mean they are using a soft wood as filler. Soft wood doesn't burn as hot. THis will be the last bag of Stove Chow I'll use. I looked at the bag and they don't state what the wood hard or soft, they just state it's a white wood (pine is white wood and a soft wood). As far as I'm concerned that's deceptive advertisement and the same thing politicians are doing, only telling half the truth. No thanks.

  • Comment Link Joenissan Monday, 16 January 2012 03:17 posted by Joenissan

    Those claiming these are "junk" should remember, different stoves act differently to each pellet brand. So whats junk to one is great for another. Most stoves will make the best out of nearly ANY pellet if it's adjusted properly. And I can't even say it's crappy stoves since I'm running an Englander 25 PVDC Home Depot unit and it's so adjustable, it'll burn damn near anything. Set em' right and they'll burn fine.

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