I bought a bag a damaged bag of wood pellets from Lowes for half off, less than $3 and missing maybe 10% of its contents. Figured might as well try it out. I'm thinking the scenario is I have between hundreds to thousands of pounds of wood pellets on hand and a broken pellet burner. Would the wood pellets be useful in a non pellet burner? It would appear the burn quite vigorously, maybe too much so and they burn up completely. It worked so well I decided to get a bigger sample size, then found a half full bag at Walmart for $2. The wallmart pellets seemed to burn better. Lowes burned completely and usually left black soot filled ash. The Walmart pellets turned into white gray ash. They caught fire faster too. Wasn't expecting the Walmart pellets to be better than lowes. I have not tried burning the pellets just by them selves. All it takes is a good bed of coals. The size of the bead of coals determines how much and how fast wood pellets go in. They are kind of a pain in the but because they want to burn up so fast more have to be added every 10 to 20 minutes. I think it's best to burn them along with fire wood.