Sorry, just got THE pocket camera I wanted for Christmas--THANKS Lizzy and Tori (DD's)!!!...a Nikon COOLPIX S6200, so I pull it out all of the time now to take pictures. ANYWAY, I took some shots after I stripped my gelding's 12 x 12 stall, and I'll caption them:
#1, stripped the stall, left the older, still usable shavings, and opened two 40 lb packages of EquineFresh where "Sweet Cup & Cakes" likes to pee~
#2 This is what the pellets look like right out of the plastic packaging~
#3 I do NOT wet them. We in IL have enough winter humidity. You add humitidy from animal respiration and a few days of this, and the pellets look like this.~
#4 Piled on pine shavings--this was only about 2/3 of a bag--and I let my horse walk around and spread it out.
I spot clean the poo and strip out the twice-used pellets when they look like wet sawdust, and pour new in it's place.
The BIGGEST differences in using the pellets is you don't get hit by a wall of ammonia and I use 1/2 the bags of shavings that I used to buy.
Equine Fresh 40 lb pellets--$5.49/bag
Hard to say if it's cost effective, BUT the whole barn smells cleaner, now.