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be careful stacking pellets

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by metpound, Jun 20, 2008.

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  1. metpound

    metpound New Member

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    I am newly registered here but have been reading a lot of posts with a lot of good info. I have seen some discussion about stacking pellets in the garage and wanted to give a little warning. Last year I had my bags stacked beside the car in the garage and unfortunately a stack fell and took out the drivers side window of my wife's car. It made quite a mess and replacing the window added $350 to my heating bill. Live and learn.

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  2. modemgirl

    modemgirl New Member

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    I just had 3 tons of pellets delivered yesterday, the guy did put the pallet close to my truck. I questioned if the pallet was safe there, could they fall over? He said They are wrapped tight together with wrap. Were your bags stacked separate or wrapped together? They do seem stable all wrapped tight together, so I wasn't worried.
  3. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Never had any bags come close to falling over - 12 tons stacked
    in my garage over the course of the past 4 years. If you remove
    a layer at a time evenly I can't see how they can fall over.
    If someone gets lazy and removes bag after bag from only the
    front of the stack then I can see the stack becoming uneven
    resulting in what was described here.

    Best way to stack is the same way they are stacked on the pallet.
    Zero trouble if you do it this way.
  4. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    Make sure you criss cross your rows. I had 18 tons in my garage all stacked by hand. I stack 5 bags per row and go up 18 or 19 rows. None fell and I have 4 kids that can not stay off them. Stack them right the first time.

    Eric
  5. hotcookcpl

    hotcookcpl New Member

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    OK, I haven't had a pellet stove or pellets for years, but I have stacked pallets and pallets of many types of bagged goods including lots of pellets stacked to the ceiling. Two very important things to keep in mind when stacking pellets...

    1) Be sure each layer and each bag is flat. If the bags are rounded you will have no end of trouble after just a couple of rows.

    2) Each layer must be stacked stacked square to the previous layer. If each layer is off by a little it's quickly going to be impossible to place bags flat.

    If you're careful and you take just a few extra moments on each bag you can stack quite high without any stacking failures. Good luck.
  6. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    You're not supposed to take them out of the bag before stacking ?
  7. heb80

    heb80 New Member

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    I have 3 tons stacked in my garage, 1 bag deep, 10' long, 8' high. I screwed 2x4's vertically from the board the pellets are sitting on up to the ceiling joist. Now I have no worries about parking my motorcycle next to the stack.
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    hotcookcpl New Member

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    You can do this if you like, but, to stack pellets not in the bag you have to stack each pellet end to end vertically. Oh, it's best if you find the original mate to each pellet end before stacking.
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    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Here i thought i was the only one who did it this way.live and learn.
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