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Anyone use a pail or bucket to pour in/store a bag of pellets?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Proulx06, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Proulx06

    Proulx06 New Member

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    Curious if anyone has found a pail or bucket (metal, preferably) that will hold a 40lb bag of pellets? I like to keep a bag near my stove, but it's not the greatest look. And I think having a hard container would be easier to pour into the hopper than the bag. Only thing I've found is a black metal pail at Lowes that will only hold 15lbs.

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  2. Marsha Cook

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    I bought a large Maine split barrel. They are basically 1/2 a wooded barrel, cut vertically not horozontal. Have to scoop the pellets but it looks nice. They have three sizes. The large holds two bags.
  3. Proulx06

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    Hmm, interesting. Not sure I have that much space on my hearth. I was also hoping to be able to fill the pail in the garage and bring it to the stove, but that's not crucial. Thanks for the idea!
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    Have you looked at TSC? If you have an Agway near you, they may have something that'll work.
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    I use 2 black buckets I got at Lowes. They don't hold that much, but it keeps some dust out of the house and let's me have a couple buckets reDy to dump in the stove. They are by the grilling/stove items.

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  6. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    I got 4 plastic garbage cans in the garage. 2 - 32 gal 2 - 44 gal. The 32 gal hold 4 bags each and the 2 44 gal hold 6 bags each. I transport them to the stove with 2 of the metal buckets from HD. Works great and no bags laying around. Fill the. Buckets once every 2 weeks. The stash is housed in a separate shed.
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    I use the orange 5 gallon pails from home depot. Two bags fits nicely in three buckets. And a bunch of the dust and sawdust stays in the buckets from the static electricity.
  8. Phil Do's fire.

    Phil Do's fire. Minister of Fire

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    I use an old metal coal bucket which hold 15 Lbs. works for me.
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    whlago Feeling the Heat

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    I keep the pellets it in the bag in the garage and fill a 5 gallon plastic bucket to fill the stove when needed. Both the bag and bucket live in the garage.
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    Utilitrack Feeling the Heat

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    We use this wooden chest to store pellet bags (3+) and all cleaning tools. Wife loves the look, so every one is happy, happy, happy!

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  12. Proulx06

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    Had one in my hand yesterday before putting it back and deciding to ask on here, but talked to the wife last night about buying two. Our hearth is not that big so it'd be a bit tight with too, but they are nice looking pails. Match the stove too.
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    I get used apple pie filling buckets that the local bakery throws out every day! I vacuum out three or four bags of pellets into the buckets to fill and have about four full in the basement so the wife can bring up one at a time if needed.

    Currently, I have about 8 full size buckets that are used for the stove and many others for other stuff in the garage.

    They also trash some small ones that I keep my pellet stove tools and spare parts in for quick access.

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  15. Proulx06

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    I ended up just going to Tractor Supply and getting a $17 steel feed bucket with lid. It's silver...going to spray it flat black today to match the stove, and hopefully the wife should be happy with that. And hopefully it holds 40lbs!
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    I have a 5 gallon bucket (lowes with a lid) holds 1/2 a bag or so. I got it so my wife can put some pellets in without lifting 40lbs. I find just dumping the bag in is the best for me.
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    Yes, saw those at Lowes as well, near the trashcans. Lowes also had black ones near the fireplace supplies, but they were small. These are much larger, and I just sprayed them black...pics forthcoming!
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    Same deal at our house. My wife bought an antique wooden chest. It hold 4 bags of pellets. We use a plastic feed scoop to fill the hopper. The boys haul the pellets up from the basement and load the chest. I scoop them into the hopper. :)

    A lot of the fines setle out in the chest and I vacuum them out when it's empty. Works for us.....
  21. Proulx06

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    I like that idea, just no room right now. I will be building dual built-in cabinets in the next few months on either side of the hearth...left side will be audio-visual, but the bottom right side I always envisioned wood/pellet storage. I originally thought I'd store bags, but maybe I'll design some sealed-up drawer of sorts and dump the bags in there. Love it. Thanks for the idea.
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    bought a galvanized pail & cover & painted it flat black & it holds a full bag no prob, then I lift it up by the swing handle & pour. Any local Agway carries them
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