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.
The Verdict on the Green Supreme Wood Pellets
Okay. Are you ready? Here goes. I think these pellets are almost identical to the Maine Woods Pellet Company pellets that I had burned prior to this ton. Strange, but yes.
When I first began burning these pellets, the temperature outside was in the 30s, which was much warmer than it had been just a few days before. I kind of forgot about the outside temperature when I expressed to Laura, “Boy, it’s warm in here. Those new pellets are HOT!” And after burning them for a few weeks, they may in fact be hotter burning than the other Maine ones. The thing is, these new pellets offer up a lot of ash. If I’m not mistaken, even more ash than the Maine ones. Take a look at the picture below. This is what the burn pot looks like just about every five hours, before I scoop the ash out.
Now, I’m not too keen on reviewing pellets, especially because there are way too many factors that go into how pellets burn, such as stove design, stove cleanliness and air flow. And I’m not sure if it’s the fault of the Englander Pellet Stove I purchased from Home Depot either, but what I do know is that burning both the Maine wood pellets and the Green Supreme wood pellets result in having to remove big clumps of ash that look like this.
I don’t know if this is the infamous “clinker” or not, but I have to take these out of the stove at that five hour interval I just mentioned. Funny, because the “New England Wood Pellet” company blames clinkers on the stove (question #6), “Wood Pellet Reviews” blames the pellet and “SFGate” blames both.
I do want to say, I’m not annoyed at all about this. I think both of these brands of pellets are pretty good, for the money. I’ll buy the Green Supreme pellets again, simply because they’re closer to pick up. If I had to, I’d get the Maine ones as well. And I’d also like to mention that I’m thrilled with the Englander Pellet Stove. It puts out great heat. I am going to be looking at how to adjust the air flow though, because that may be a factor in the ash getting bound up in the burn pot.
Have you burned either Maine Wood Pellets or Green Supreme Wood Pellets? What’s your take on this? What’s your favorite brand of pellets and why?