Okay guys, I’m going to give Green Supreme Wood Pellets a try. I only have about 15 bags of the pellets I purchased from the “Maine Woods Pellet Company” in Athens, Maine and I have to say, I don’t love them. I can’t be certain, but I suspect it’s the pellets that are causing the problems with the auger getting stuck in the stove.
I’d like to get something out of the way here. I’d like to tell you that as hard as I try, I can’t seem to locate a bag of pellets anywhere, either in person or online, that isn’t labeled, “Premium.” My brother and I have a running joke about pellets. “Hey, I got another bag of premium pellets today.” “No way! Premium?” Every single bag of pellets I’ve ever seen has been labeled “Premium.” With that said, I have no faith in that word anymore. When buying pellets, it’s either luck of the draw or trying to nail down where the pellet company sourced their wood. And even that changes, so if you find a brand you fall in love with and decide to burn those pellets for the rest of your life, chances are, you’ll be disappointed with your next batch. Or, you can buy garbage pellets one year and be delighted with them the next. Not even the pellet company can tell you what you’re going to find in the bag. They get wood from so many sources, mostly on a hand shake. They’ll tell you this and they’ll tell you that. Don’t believe a word of it. It’s luck. You can read all about buying pellets here.
Another thing – never put any stock into pellet reviews. I was looking at pellet reviews on TractorSupply.com and after going over some negative ones, I realized that the people who did the reviewing lived in Michigan. Not really the same pellets out there.
This is a pretty good page that talks about Green Supreme pellets. It also shows the inconsistencies in rating pellets. Some love a specific brand and some hate it.
Anyway, I ran over to Tractor Supply today and picked up a ton of Green Supremes. I want to see if they burn any better than the Maine pellets I first purchased. Also, Tractor Supply is closer and these pellets were actually a few cents cheaper than buying them directly from the plant. And I didn’t have to run around looking for a forklift guy at Tractor Supply.
Here is what the pellets look like:
They are virtually identical to the other brand. I’ll have to wait until they feed into the stove to see what the burn and the ash look like. I already poured some in the hopper. I’ll let you know what I find.