From International Forest Products
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i tried a couple bags last year, all i can say is crap. they are manufactured by the kraft group which coincidentally own the New England Patriots, being from the area I am a fan, but they need to get out of the pellet business.
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.
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.
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.
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.