Rated 3 out of 5Â by 127
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Pellethead Stove Chow Pellets
Ok... finished burning a [free] Ton of Energex premiums but had bought about 12 bags of Stove Chows at HD during that time..
Other than a bit more Ash, the Chows seems to burn as hot or hotter than the Energex..
They are distributed and[ or] re-bagged by Energex company.. Look identical...and I think they burn A little longer than Energex...
Chows we're 229.00 ton vrs 259.00 for Energex....Still will get another Ton of Energex..
Since we had to put ours in the Basement we had to cut the shrink Wrap which gave us a REAL FEEL] of each bag.. 4 bags we're rock hard about 1/4 up from bottom.. since stored outside I guess.
As we cut the shrink wrap, little sheets of Ice we're in between layers of pellets..Guess it was Condensation got thru? anyways, had we stored outside prob would not have found these rocks till later in the winter....HD will exchange for newe bags...
Have read others forums that Stove Chows are horrible, don't burn good, clog up the burn pots etc.
I am beginning to believe it is the stove more than the Pellets in most cases..Anyone using a HARMAN with the bottom -Auger will have No Trouble burning most pellets so just try different ones for your stove and don't put too much stock into negativity about pellets unless someone has the same setup you do. My Harman P61A can burn corn, oats, barley etc so no problem with pellets I;m sure.
If a bag of pellets doesn't look like a cheap bag of dog food with lot of powder and crushed up pellets, it will prob put out good heat...
As always, do a good brush and Vacuum at least once every 10 days or so no matter what pellets you burn..
Also have a OAK system for air so that may help with good burning..
January 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by HayFarmer OK
These pellets are as good as any bargain pellets. Burn good, feed good, have decent output, no excessively long pellet. Ash is the same as expected. My little Harman will burn anything I put in it, anyway. It isn't very picky.
March 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Chez Don't buy Nation Choice pellets
I'm burning Nation Pellets from Home Depot in a Quadra fire pellet stove. I would not buy this brand again. I'm having a hard time chiseling out the burn pot size clunkers. I used Stove Chow from home depot last year with no issues. I hope this information helps. The code on the Nation Choice bags RM 08/12. Home Depot did a great job with Delivery.
December 23, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by gene analysis of wood pellets from Home Depot
OK. here goes.
I am a scientist with some 30 yrs experience and as such I am charged with reviewing data, analyzing that data and coming up with some conclusions. I do not have any personal experience with wood pellets, so this is what we call a literature review (quite common in the industry). I live in Florida and have just bought a property in Gouldsboro Me. So take these comments with a grain of salt.
After reading 123 reviews, along with others; this is my working hypothesis. I think pellet efficiency is more of a way the pellets are stored and handled than the brand name. Let me explain: it seems odd that reviewers have such divergent opinions on the same name product (some love a particular brand while others hate that brand). I have read opinions from several reviewers mentioning clumping or freezing of pellets in the bag. If these bags of pellets are stored outside, as some have reported, this could allow the humidity in the bag along with high moisture content of pellets to freeze resulting in a melting of the ice, when brought inside, allowing the pellets to become damp or even wet. This could be the cause of some of the clinkers, sooting and high ash accumulation. It seems to me that a hot fire in the fire box would offer a fairly complete combustion, given the size/surface area ratio of the pellets, regardless of the brand used.
As to the amount of sawdust in the pellet bags. Was any attention given to where on the pallet the bags were located ? You would expect more crushing near the bottom. When in the season the pallets were purchased. Late in the season the pellets would have had more time for the crushing to take place.
Now, after all this rhetoric, has anyone thought of using some type of container inside the house to dump the pellets in, to allow the moisture to evaporate prior to placing in the stove hopper ? If you have tried this or have any other comments, please post, as I would and I am sure other pellet stove owners would be very interested.
See ya in the cold north country, happy pelleting !
June 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Carriec1132 Every stove burns different
First off let me say i never write reviews but felt i needed to for these pellets. Ive had a pellet stove for 8-9 yrs and have tried many brands of pellets from cheap to expensive. I have found that each stove burns differently. Ive burned the expensive name brands that are supposed to be ultra low ash that leave me cleaning my burn pot frequently and not produce much heat. Ive found stove chow to work the best for my stove and it's a good value for the money. What burns well for me might not burn as well for you but that doesnt mean its a bad product. Its just not right for you. This is definitely a trial and error thing. I suggest you grab a couple bags of a brand of pellets HD carries and try them. If they work for you youll end up saving some money since HD pellets seem to be priced the cheapest (at least in central CT).
October 23, 2013