Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hamer's Hot Ones

Hamer's hot ones claim to fame is their pellet is made up of primarily red oak and they burn very hot. I would put them as one of the finest pellets on the east coast.

There are two different plants that make Hamers- Elkins and Mt. Hope. The Elkins pellets burn much better than the Mt Hope ones in my stove. They produced about 1/4 the clinkers for me. They are a lighter in color as well. It is almost like the Elkins and Mt. Hope pellets are two different brands, It will typically say on the bag where they are produced.

Depending on the stove you use the clinker issue may not effect you. I burned some of these in a Harman and it was not issue, because the clinker cake just got pushed over the edge of the burn pot every so often.

One big advantage to hamer is there is very little in the way of long pellets. The pellets lengths tend to be less than 1/2", which is a major advantage for stoves sensitive to long pellets.

I would highly recommend Hamer, but I would try to get ones from the Elkins mill.

Please add you experience with this pellet in the comments section.

Check them out @ http://www.hamerpellet.com

15 comments:

  1. I burned Hamer pellets this year... About 2 and a half tons all winter heating with my pellet stove only. I have an Englander stove, and these babys burned nice.

    It was the 1st year I burned pellets, so I am not sure what other pellets burn like. They do cake up pretty bad in the burn pot, but again, I can't compare it to others. I loved the Hamer's but my local dealer raised the price by 100 dollars per ton so I can no longer afford them. I guess I am buying the Appleing Co. Pellets this year.

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  2. I am about to burn these for the first time. First time pellet stove owner too. In Northern CT...got a Harman Accentra. Will given an update once i start to burn. My local pellet dealer states that these are a very good quality pellet...he carries the Elkins plant pellets. TBC...

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  3. i have used hamer,linginetics,pennington&several others in the last 10 yrs(always looking for best price).i found the hamer the best next was southern states(by hamer) then linginetics.i am in southern md

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    1. Wondering where you found them in southern maryland? Thanks

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  4. I have had a Napoleon NPI45 for three seasons and had excellent performance for the first two with Clean Fire Pacific pellets. Last year a supply shortage and significant price increase drove me to find an alternative. Hamer's Hot Ones had a lot of good reviews so I bought two pallets which turned out to be virtually unusable. Compared to the Pacific pellets they had very high fines, produced twice as much ash, many more clinker's and left a hard residue on the burn pot. I managed to find some Pacific pellets and all those problems went away. The only way that I could use the Hamer's pellets was to mix them 50-50 with Pacific. Based on their performance in my stove, the Hamer's pellets are clearly substandard. Phil Sweet NJ

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  5. I have had a Napoleon NPI45 for three seasons and had excellent performance for the first two with Clean Fire Pacific pellets. Last year a supply shortage and significant price increase drove me to find an alternative. Hamer's Hot Ones had a lot of good reviews so I bought two pallets which turned out to be virtually unusable. Compared to the Pacific pellets they had very high fines, produced twice as much ash, many more clinker's and left a hard residue on the burn pot. I managed to find some Pacific pellets and all those problems went away. The only way that I could use the Hamer's pellets was to mix them 50-50 with Pacific. Based on their performance in my stove, the Hamer's pellets are clearly substandard. Phil Sweet NJ

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  6. What happened to Hammers? I have a Harmon stove and burnt Hammers for two years with great success. This year they are pathetic. Way too much ash, they don't burn hot and they produce a large wavy flame. I contacted the company and they asked for a handful of pellets for testing purposes and I complied. Their response was that the pellets are fine and that there must be something wrong with the stove. Went to the store where I purchased the stove and purchased 6 bags of their pellets which burned fantastically. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON HAMERS PELLETS.

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    1. Interestingly, my local supplier dropped Hammer's.

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  7. after three years of High Heat Little ash and clean galss, the pellets in 2016 / 2017 burn with terrible black deposits on the doors glass. I am disappointed this year.
    Kozi Previa

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  8. I too am having a large wavy flame that builds ash on the door glass within minutes of operation. They also produce more ash than other pellets I have burned this season. Additionally, there is also a slight chemical smell similar to that of burning in a new stove when I burn Hamer Hot Ones. I'm burning in a Harman XXV and feel the issue is most definitely NOT with the stove.

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    1. Had the exact same issues. Harmon XXV.

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  9. Same issues. Tried other pellets to be sure it's not my stove


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  11. Not a new pellet user but have a new stove made by Comfortbilt. Ran 10 bags of Green Team from Lowes thru her to start and they burned ok. Had a few clinkers but not much ash. Purchased 4 Tons of Hammers being they burnt well in my old stove (Harmon XXV). This batch i purchased was made in Elkins. Took a bit of playing with exhaust voltages but have these babies burning like a dream thru all firing modes. No clinkers and ash is minimal. Burns very hot with no issues. Glass stays clean for days. I will continue to use Hammers as my pellet of choice.

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