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I've used the blend for the past two years. This year I bought 4 tons of pellets and was running low and bought another ton. this last ton is nothing but ash and cleaning the stove two to three times a day. My chimney vent out the side of the house and for the first time I have a black soot spot under it. The last ton had a new style bag and apparently a new formula. I have a quadra fire mt. vernon stove and never had this problem. I went to tractor supply and bought 4 bags of there brand and what a difference. clean and hot. My conclusion is that something has changed with Curran and not for the better. STAY AWAY
I have been conducting a test burn this week (as temps where I am are very cold) because the Vermont Pellets I use are completely sold out in my area. The company I buy pellets from sells the Hardwood/Softwood blend.
My observations have been that these produce a TON of ash. About 4 times what I'm used to per bag compared to the Vermont Softwood pellets. I have to clear out the stove 2 times a day during these super cold days, and there is over a cup and a half each time left behind. They aren't nearly as hot as I anticipated them being, but do an ample job.
My conclusion (other than I will be ordering 6 tons of Vermont Pellets in advance this summer), so that they're okay for secondary heat, but not something I'd use as a primary heat source. The ash is out of control, and can be a headache. I'll be looking at some other softwood options as an alternative.