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How Do You Pellet Guys Get The Pellet Pallets To Your House?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by velvetfoot, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I went into my local HD and noticed they had a pallet of pellets for 209. That got me to thinking, "if I had a pellet insert, how would I get the 4-5 tons (pallets) of it home? My little trailer can do, maybe, 1000 lbs. Do some places deliver? Renting a truck would add cost, plus the pallets would have to be unloaded, multiple trips, etc. If they delivered them onto the driveway, I could move them into the garage. It'd be appealing if the bags could stay palletized.

    Thanks.

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  2. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    I always have mine delivered (my Corrolla isn't much for hauling). They're covered and shrink wrapped -- I haul them from my driveway (or my garage -- many companies will deliver into your garage) to my basement.
  3. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    Home Depot delivers with a flatbed and forklift for $65 whether you get 1 ton or 10 tons.

    Tom C.
  4. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I didn't know H.D. delivered. Thanks.
    It'd be a little simpler than cutting up those big piles of logs I buy and splitting and stacking and restacking, etc, etc.
    Perhaps as I get older I will drift there.
    I'm still fascinated by the boilers, though I'm not sure how it would work out, in reality.
  5. tumbles

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    Have a 6 x 10 dump trailer, but have not needed it as wood pelletwarehouse delivers to my door for 234 a ton. Plus he uses a pallet jack and he puts them right in the garage. Not worth pulling the trailer at that price. Just got 1.5 tons of the new Maine softwood pellets and 2/3 of a ton of GT (from last winter) and I'm ready for winter. think I'll burn my GT 1st and save the maie softies for the cold weather.
  6. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    These were "North American", something like that.
  7. Stentor1

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    The other half of the equation is getting rid of the pallets in the spring.
  8. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    True. Wouldn't be able to burn em in the stove anymore.
  9. midfielder

    midfielder Feeling the Heat

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    I'd install the pellet stove somewhere else, through-wall or something, keep the wood stove hooked up and burn them pallets and cord wood too if I had it.
    "These were "North American", something like that." - I believe those are re-bagged Curran's mixed hard/softwood pellets. I've only burned their softwoods but there are plenty of comments here on the blend if you search em up.
  10. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Simple solution here. My pellet dealer takes them away when he delivers in June.
  11. boosted3g

    boosted3g Feeling the Heat

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    My stove is on the same level as the garage so I just back the loaded trailer in and stack along the side of the garage.
  12. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    The pallet return situation can be handled in several ways.

    You can burn them in your fire pit, wood stove (if you have one of them as well), reused as the sides of compost bins (that is what 11 of mine are doing at the moment), and somewhere on here are several thread of other things to do with the pallets and even the ash. You can recycle them into compost given enough time and desire to cut them up a bit and mix them with dirt and greens, then keep the pile damp..

    Some suppliers even take them back for reuse as pellet pallets.

    Except for test batches I have my pellets delivered and they can be placed into the garage using a hand or powered pellet jack. From there they get stacked into 1.5 ton stacks. Delivery cost vary.
  13. bbfarm

    bbfarm Minister of Fire

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    We just pick them up a ton at a time in the pick up, come home and unload and stack in the workshop barn.
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  15. Clay H

    Clay H Feeling the Heat

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    I buy one pallet at a time and they load it into my 1 ton truck with a foorklift. Then I offload one bag at a time into the garage. Its a small workout.
    But I only use 2-2.5 tons a year here in Oklahoma so its pretty simple.
  16. DirtyDave

    DirtyDave Feeling the Heat

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    I guess I am stupid... I have a canopy on and never take it off so hand stack in and out of p/u a ton at a time... as far as the pallets I never take em with me so the dealer takes them with a smile. ( I have a set in garage I stack 2 to 3 ton on)
  17. jtakeman

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    I usually haul my own in the pickup. I use a slide to get em downstairs. Pallets are excepted at the landfill, But a friend is a wood burner, so he snags em for kindlin.
  18. wilburg

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    My HD has a one ton truck that I can use for free with any purchase over $100.. Put the pallets on your lawn by the street, they will be gone before the end of the day
  19. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    I can only haul about 30 bags at a time, so I get 30 bags and the pallet the first trip, then I'll get another 30 without a pallet, then the next 30 with a pallet and so on... toss 'em down my cellar steps and stack 'em onto the waiting pallet in my basement. Probably pretty similar to what jay does.

    Gives me a workout, but I can use the workout....
  20. Drivr

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    My F350 and an old unsprung trailer all together I can haul 3 tons at a time. The pallets get cut up for campfire wood.
  21. kcellwood

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    Gone both ways. Have had SIB deliver and have picked up my own. This year I hauled my own one ton at a time in the back of my F150. Only live about 12 miles from SIB. I back up to my basement window and throw them one bag at a time down a slide I made out of plywood. Can get 15-18 bags thrown in and then go down to stack. Did my six tons in an afternoon.
    As far as getting rid of the pallets....I put them beside the road and they disappear.
  22. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    There are increasing options to have pellets delivered in bulk if you room in the basement. They sell you a metal frame and a big poly bag and pump them in the basement with a blower. Not sure how competitive they are with bags of pellets.
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  25. bill3rail

    bill3rail Feeling the Heat

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    Dodge B1500 Cargo Van.
    Forklift one ton in and drive home.
    Last year, the van was the storage facility.
    This year, I have a shed that can hold 2.5 ton.

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