My Experience Buying Wood Pellets at Tractor Supply

Finding the Perfect Pellets for My Pellet Stove

As winter approaches, I start thinking about how I’m going to keep my home warm and cozy through the cold months ahead. For the past few years, I’ve relied on my pellet stove as an efficient and affordable heating option. One of my favorite places to shop for wood pellets is Tractor Supply – they have a great selection and competitive prices.

This year, I headed to my local Tractor Supply store in search of pellets for my stove. I wanted to share my experience and review the different types of wood pellets available at Tractor Supply, in case anyone else is looking to stock up!

Taking a Look at the Pellet Options

The pellet aisle at my Tractor Supply has pellets from about a dozen different brands. Most are made from 100% natural hardwood, though you can also get blended pellets with softwoods like pine mixed in. I saw all the usual varieties – oak, hickory, cherry – along with more unique choices like pecan and mesquite. There are even specialized pellets made for heating, grilling, or smoking.

I noticed Tractor Supply’s own brand – Standlee Premium Western Forage Pellets – took up a good chunk of shelf space. Standlee makes pellets for stoves as well as livestock bedding. The wood and vegetable fiber pellets looked nearly identical to my untrained eye, but I made a mental note to not accidentally buy the wrong ones!

In terms of formats, most bags were 40 pounds, but there were a few bulk options ranging from 55 to 130 pounds. Helpful signs broke down the differences between standard, premium, and super-premium pellets based on factors like ash content, density, and extrusion method. I snapped some photos of the signage to review later at home.

Pallet Deals for Bulk Buying

One thing that excites me about Tractor Supply is that they sell pellets by the pallet! As a heavy user, buying in bulk saves me a ton of money compared to getting individual bags. The pallet deals vary based on the brand, but most pallets contain 50-70 bags (1.5 – 2 tons of pellets).

The store has a pallet loading area outside where employees can load your vehicle using a forklift. You do need to pay in advance and haul the pellets yourself. Some people recommend bringing a trailer if buying more than one pallet. I usually just make a few trips in my SUV to transport a single pallet. It takes time but beats paying delivery fees in my rural area.

Comparing Prices on Popular Pellet Brands

Once I identified the main pellet contenders, I took notes on the pricing and did some quick math:

  • Standlee Premium Western Blend Hardwood Pellets – $5.99 per 40 lb bag / $209 per pallet of 60 bags
  • Lignetics Hardwood BBQ Pellets – $8.49 per 20 lb bag
  • Barefoot Hardwood Pellets – $6.49 per 40 lb bag / $259 per pallet of 55 bags
  • Pit Boss All Natural Hardwood Pellets – $7.99 per 40 lb bag / $279 per pallet of 60 bags

The lowest cost per pound came from buying Standlee pellets by the pallet. Lignetics was by far the most expensive since the bags are only 20 pounds. Barefoot and Pit Boss had similar pricing on individual bags and pallets.

Based on cost alone, the Standlee pellets seem like the way to go. Of course I still needed to consider quality, heat output, and other factors before making my final decision. But the bulk discount was attractive as a heavy user.

Taking the Pellets for a Test Drive

To get a better sense of how these brands actually perform, I purchased a small bag of each to try out:

  • Standlee Pellet Test: The Standlee pellets created a nice flame with medium ash buildup. Heat output seemed pretty good. At this price point, they provide solid value.
  • Lignetics Pellet Test: These burned the hottest and cleanest in my limited testing. Low ash, high density, and clean burn come at a higher cost though. Great pellets but expensive for bulk use.
  • Barefoot Pellet Test: I was satisfied with the heat output and flame quality. Ash buildup was moderate. Seemed like a good middle-of-the-road option between cost and performance.
  • Pit Boss Pellet Test: Decent heat and burn, slightly more ash than other premium pellets. Pit Boss was a bit pricier than Barefoot for what seemed like comparable quality.

Weighing Multiple Factors in My Final Decision

After some comparison testing and number crunching, I ultimately decided to buy a pallet of the Barefoot hardwood pellets this season. Here’s a rundown of my decision making process:

  • Barefoot pellets generated pleasing flame and heat output during my stove test. Seemed like high-quality premium hardwood pellets on par with more expensive brands.
  • Pallet price for Barefoot was among the lowest premium pellet options at Tractor Supply. Much more affordable than Lignetics or Pit Boss pallets.
  • While Standlee pellets were cheapest per pound, I was willing to spend a bit more for a premium product with lower ash content. This reduces cleaning and maintenance.
  • Positive feedback on various forums backed up my experience with Barefoot’s solid performance for the price. Appeared to be a popular choice among many pellet stove owners.
  • Barefoot is Made in the USA which I like supporting when possible. The pellets are produced locally in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Barefoot pellets are certified by the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) so I can trust they meet strict industry standards.

For my needs and budget this winter, the Barefoot hardwood pellet pallet from Tractor Supply hit the sweet spot. I may try Standlee or Lignetics in the future since it’s nice to have options. But for now I’m excited to cozy up with my new pellets!

My Tips for Buying Pellets at Tractor Supply

Now that I’ve gone over my experience shopping for pellets at my local Tractor Supply store, I wanted to share some helpful tips for buying wood pellets.

Whether you use a pellet stove, grill, or smoker, these tips will ensure you select the right pellets and get the best deal. I’m focusing on Tractor Supply since that’s my favorite go-to place, but the advice applies broadly.

Carefully Read the Package Details

Take the time to read the fine print on pellet bags and signs. Check the materials used, any binders/oils, and contents percentages. Some blends may contain high ash softwoods like pine. Premium pellets should list 100% natural hardwoods. Details like the compression method can signal higher quality.

Compare Ash Content

One of the biggest factors in pellet quality is ash content. Lower ash means less cleanup and maintenance. Premium pellets have ash of 1% or less, while standard ones are up to 3%. Look up the manufacturer’s specs online if not on the packaging.

Consider Heat Output

The caloric density or BTUs of pellets impacts the heat produced. Again, this info may not be on the bag. Higher priced pellets tend to have more heat output, though there are some exceptions. Check manufacturer ratings or reviews to get an idea.

Buy Pellets in Bulk for Savings

You can realize massive savings by purchasing pellets by the pallet instead of individual bags. Just be sure you have sufficient storage space and transportation. Buying in bulk often allows you to negotiate partial pallets at a discount as well.

Look for Quality Certifications

Top brands will list certifications from organizations like the PFI (Pellet Fuels Institute) that audit for strict quality standards on wood pellets. This provides peace of mind you’re getting a grade A product.

Read Pellet Stove and Grill Reviews

Scour online reviews to see real world feedback on how certain pellets perform for heating and cooking applications. People often share details missing from product labels. You’ll start to see consensus around quality brands.

Consider Availability and Freshness

Try to buy pellets fairly early in the season when supply is abundant. Hardwood pellets have a longer shelf life, but you still want the newest bags possible. Tractor Supply moves high volumes which helps.

Invest in a Quality Pellet Mill

A good pellet mill ensures each pellet has the right density, moisture content, and extrusion for efficient burning. Premium mills like Lignetics and Barefoot are signs of a better product. Cheaper pellets tend to be less consistent in quality.

Talk to Store Employees

Don’t be afraid to pick the brains of workers about the various pellet options. They likely have candid advice on the brands that get the best feedback and sell the most units. Just be wary of any biased sales pitches.

There you have my tips for selecting the perfect pellets at retailers like Tractor Supply for your individual needs. Let me know if you have any other advice in the comments!

Answering Common Questions about Tractor Supply Pellets

I receive a lot of great questions from readers about purchasing pellets from Tractor Supply. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

Are pellets sold at Tractor Supply high quality?

Yes, Tractor Supply sells premium wood pellets from top brands like Lignetics and Barefoot that are PFI certified and made in the USA. They also offer cheaper standard grade pellets which work fine for some applications. Read labels and specs to determine the quality level.

How are Tractor Supply pellets packaged?

The most common package is 40 pound plastic bags that are perforated for easy carrying. Some premium brands sell 20 pound bags. For bulk purchase, pellets come on a pallet wrapped in plastic containing 40-70 individual bags.

What is the cost per ton of pellets at Tractor Supply?

Pricing varies by brand, but expect to pay $200-$300 per ton when buying pellets by the pallet at Tractor Supply. Individual bags are often $5-$9 for 40 pounds. Shop early season for best availability and pricing.

Can you return unused pellets to Tractor Supply?

Yes, Tractor Supply allows returns of unopened pellet bags within 90 days with receipt. Make sure the pellets are still sealed and undamaged. Returns help ensure you get the right amount of pellets.

Does Tractor Supply offer delivery for bulk pellet orders?

Unfortunately Tractor Supply does not deliver pallets of pellets. Customers must arrange their own pickup and transportation from the store. Some third party services will deliver Tractor Supply pellets for a fee.

How do I store pellets purchased from Tractor Supply?

Keep pellets dry in a covered area like a shed, garage, or basement. Avoid temperature swings. Use pellets within a year and rotate old stock to the top. Store unopened bags on a pallet for easy access and to keep off concrete.

Are there sales on pellets at Tractor Supply?

Yes, Tractor Supply will run promotions and discounts on pellets, especially during warmer months when demand is lower. Sign up for their coupon book for periodic pellet sales alerts and discount codes. The fall is peak season when selection and pricing are best.

I hope these answers help explain some common questions about buying and storing pellets from your local Tractor Supply store. Feel free to drop additional questions in the comments!

Why I Recommend Tractor Supply for Wood Pellets

Based on my experience over the past few years purchasing wood pellets for my pellet stove, I fully recommend Tractor Supply as a trustworthy and affordable supplier. Here’s an overview of why I will continue to choose Tractor Supply as my go-to source for pellets:

Huge Selection of Premium Brands

Tractor Supply carries an amazing variety of premium wood pellets in different materials like oak, hickory, cherry, maple, and blends. All the major brands like Lignetics, Barefoot, and Pit Boss are represented. You’re sure to find a pellet to suit any stove or grill.

Quality You Can Trust

The leading pellet brands sold at Tractor Supply are PFI certified and made in America to strict quality standards. There’s peace of mind that these pellets will burn efficiently and leave minimal ash. I’ve had great experiences with performance and heat output.

Bulk Purchase Discounts

Being able to buy pellets by the pallet at significant bulk pricing discounts makes Tractor Supply an affordable choice. Their pallet load system also makes pickup fast and convenient. This is a huge perk for owners of pellet stoves.

Knowledgeable Staff

The employees at my local Tractor Supply store are always friendly and happy to answer questions about the various pellet offerings. They know their stock and which are the best sellers. Help is there if you need it.

Seasonal Sales and Promotions

Tractor Supply promotes pellet sales during warmer seasons when demand drops off. This allows you to purchase at the lowest prices. Sign up for their coupon book to receive pellet discount alerts by mail or email. Great for stocking up.

Easy Returns Within 90 Days

If you purchase too many pellets, Tractor Supply gladly allows unopened bags to be returned within 90 days. This gives great flexibility in dialing in the right amount for your pellet stove.

For pellet quality, selection, price, and convenience, I don’t think you can beat Tractor Supply. I’m excited to stock up on my favorite pellets for this winter. Let me know in the comments if you have any other go-to pellet suppliers I should check out!

Hello, everyone! I'm David Henry, a dedicated customer and enthusiastic reviewer of Tractor Supply Company. As a farmer and agriculture enthusiast, I frequently visit Tractor Supply Company to explore and purchase a wide range of agricultural supplies, tools, and equipment. Over the years, I have accumulated extensive experience and knowledge in shopping at Tractor Supply Company, and I aim to help others make wiser choices through my sharing. I understand the importance of selecting the right products for farmers, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. That's why I enjoy sharing my insights and recommendations to assist individuals in finding the best-suited products for their needs. Join me as we embark on a journey of discovering quality products and making informed decisions at Tractor Supply Company. Together, let's enhance our farming and outdoor experiences through valuable insights and practical advice.