Three days of burning Atlas and I have noticed a difference. I have to feed a bit more because of the slightly undersized rice. It is smaller and it tends to get a thicker bed which slows down the air flow through it so it doesn't burn as hot. If I want to get the same heat output I have to speed up the feed just a bit. If I don't do this it slows down, backs up, and gets a thick bed not putting out as much heat. The ash appears to be about normal with everybody else and it's a white ash. Those wood chips I mentioned were very small and caused zero problems.
It's worth the trip at $165 a ton.
New Beginning Church