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Calcium flake vs. Calcium pellet

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by kpmsnow, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. kpmsnow

    kpmsnow Senior Member
    from Elkhart
    Messages: 156

    Just curious what the general consensus is regarding Calcium flakes vs. pellets. I have always been a fan of the pellets but I have other company's that all the buy from me or use is flakes. When I asked them why they preferred the flakes all i got out of them was "cus that what they've always used". No one seemed to have a real answer
  2. snow game

    snow game Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 255

    A saleman told me that the flakes won't travel as far as the pellets when they are thrown or dropped from a spreader.
  3. SnowMelt2006

    SnowMelt2006 Member
    Messages: 68

    How about the real reason:

    Flakes are cheaper.


    Imported Cal Flakes = 77-78%
    Dowflake Xtra = 83-87%

    Imported Cal Pellets = 80% or 94% (very rarely does anyone import 94% because of it's cost)
    Peladow = 90-92%
  4. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    A salesman told me that "Flakes are flatter than pellets, thus they melt more"
  5. kpmsnow

    kpmsnow Senior Member
    from Elkhart
    Messages: 156

    See I don't necessarily know if I buy that salesman's way of thinking. Pellets have a smaller contact area with the ice, yes. But, by having a smaller contact area that actually allows the pellet to bore its way thru the ice faster. Kinda a which would be easier to push thru a piece of cardboard thing, a needle or a cheese wheel:D. Thus by its ability to bore thru faster the chemical reaction will happen faster and causing more ice to melt in a shorter period of time. I guess I'd like to see a legitimate controlled experiment comparing calcium pellets with flakes, both having the same calcium percentages and applied at an equal rates. :help:
  6. SDeVoe

    SDeVoe Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    From my experience, pellets seem to work much better than flakes. I have always used pellets, but ran short last year in a storm, so I ran to Home Depot, and all they had was flakes. It seems to take more flakes per area to get the same results as what I am used to from pellets. I also would like to see an a controlled experiment, but I will continue buying pellets, even though they do cost more. The $1.50 difference per bag is definitely worth the cost. Hope that helped.