If you’re relying on a wood pellet stove as a source of heating in your house, you understand the challenge of sorting pellets. Wood pellets come in 40 lb bags and while they’re easier to store than hardwood, storing them can be challenge to some. Here are some of our favorite pellet storage ideas.
We’ll go over both how to store the bags of pellets as well as how to store pellets close to your stove for easily refilling the hopper.
Wood Pellet Storage Tips
Before you choose a storage method or container, keep in mind the following about wood pellets.
Store in a Dry Area
Make sure to place your pellets in a dry area, whether inside or outside or in a shed/garage. Typically someplace that is not humid. If you have a spot that floods or gets moldy, this isn’t a good spot for your pellets.
Store Pellets Off the ground
Even if you have an area that’s never flooded, it’s always good to store your pellets off the ground. You wouldn’t want your entire fuel stash to be ruins due to unforeseen water issues.
Make pellets are not exposed to elements
Wherever your are storing your pellets, you want to make sure the bags are not damaged. If there are holes or rips in the bags it could cause water or moisture to seep in and damage the pellets. You’ll be left with nothing but sawdust. Inspect your pellet bags and tape up any holes. If you’re not storing your pellets bags, make sure they’re kept in a closed container.
If storing outside,cover whenever possible
To really protect your pellets, cover them with a tarp. This will ensure that if there are any possible contamination is prevented, such as water exposure.
Storing Wood Pellet Bags
Typically when buying pellets for the heating season you will buy wood pellet bags in bulk. This has an added benefit since they are often delivered on a pallet. The best way to store pellet bags is to keep them on the pallet and store them on a dry floor.
Obviously, keeping a large number of pallets can be troublesome. You will want to have enough space cleared out for this and that’s not always possible. If you don’t have the space to keep your 40 x 48 inch pallet, then restacking is your only option.
Restacking Pellet Bags
Optimally, you will be able to store your pallets as is. Many companies will try their best to place the pallets exactly where you want it. But if you’re buying more pallets than will fit on your floor, you’ll need to restack your pellet bags.
When restacking you can probably stack bags up to 3 pallets worth of bags high. That may be more than you need. As long as you alternate the positioning of the bags in a criss cross fashion, your pellet bags will be safe. Be sure not to stack too high, especially if you have young children or pets around that may disrupt and topple the stack.
Here’s a great video showing a few individuals stacking pellet bags across a few pallets. You can see their criss cross pattern and the height at which they stack.
Storing Pellets For Quick Access
You may find the need to refill your stove often if your stove has a small hopper or you have your stove burning at maximum capacity. In these instances, you’ll most likely want a storage container close to your pellet stove for easy refilling. The below are all great options.
A Coal Hod or Pellet Bucket
A bucket is a great option for quickly refilling your pellet stove. There are many options that will not only fit the needs of pellet storage but will double as a nice decorative object. You can keep this next to your stove and full so that you don’t have to run back to your stash to refill the stove. If you get a large bucket, make sure it has good handles. You’ll be surprised how heavy a bucket of pellets can be to pick up and pour.
Feed, storage, or recycling bins such as the below are good options when looking for quick access storage. The opening allows for easy access for scooping out pellets. The lids close well enough to keep out unwanted moisture, but if you’re storing outside be sure to cover in a tarp. This option is best if kept in a secondary storage area like a garage.
If you’re looking for a storage option that won’t be an eyesore, a planter is a great option. There are so many different styles to choose from and you can find planters in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
These steel buckets are great because they come in all sizes and can be multipurpose. They can store pellets in the winter and be a party cooler in the summer.
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