Okay, I picked up our third ton of wood pellets last week and this time, I went with the Tractor Supply brand. As you may already know, I’ve already burned the Maine Woods Pellet Co. brand and the Green Supreme wood pellets brand. I now have experience burning all three major brands in the Central Maine area and can give my opinion, or review, on all of them.
First off, the Maine Woods Pellet Co. pellets were okay. Actually, all three brands are okay. The Maine ones are better than the Green Supreme pellets. While the Green Supreme pellets seemed to have burned hotter initially, I now believe that had to do with the outside temperature. They seemingly burn the same as all the others, but leave huge clinkers in the pellet stove burn pot. The Maine Woods pellets leave a less amount and come to find out, the Tractor Supply pellets leave the least. With the other two brands, especially the Green Supreme pellets, I’d find myself scooping the clinkers out of the stove almost hourly. The Maine Wood pellets about every two hours and these Tractor Supply pellets, about once per day.
This strikes me as very odd because I was under the impression that the Maine Woods pellets and the Tractor Supply pellets were one and the same, just in a different, branded, bag. It doesn’t seem to be that way because the Tractor Supply pellets are, on average, about half the length of the others. And as we all know, smaller pellets burn better.
Oh well. To be honest, I’d burn whatever I can get my hands on. They are all okay in my book. But for the future and if possible, I’m going to continue to burn the Tractor Supply pellets. They cost $200 per tons and they load them right into my truck. The process is quite painless. And Tractor Supply is closer than the Maine Woods pellet plant.
I took some pictures of the pellets below. I just thought they looked cool in my truck and all stacked up after I unloaded them. Enjoy.