If anyone is interested in viewing a few pictures of how I significantly reduced my labor with regards to pellet handling , the link is posted below. Click on the images and select a bigger size if you wish. I have a few tons of pellets stored in my rear garage and carrying them into the house and down the basement to the stove was going to be a royal PIA for me so I came up with this plan and implemented it. I spent 2 days and maybe $50 on it. I wanted to kinda match the planter on the other side of the stairs since this deck behind my front garage is all pressure treated lumber. The chute consists of the funnel that is a 8" to 6" reducer into a 6" to 4" reducer then to 4" galvanized pipe thru the deck and into a lexan window under the deck and down into a barrel raised off the floor in a basement storage room. I raised the barrel so I could pour pellets out the bottom. The pitch of any chute has to be minimum 45 degrees or more or the pellets will not slide /move well , as I found out the hard way. Scooping the pellets out of the barrel would have been a needless time consuming repetative task so I fabricated a sliding pellet chute gate that opens and closes easily and fills a 5 gal pail in a few seconds. Take a look and let me know what you think. And yeah it looks like a one holer and maybe I should put a lock on it or my grandkids will use it some night. John http://www.pbase.com/johnd1/pellet_shute Added info: ....The barrel holds 8 bags and has to be filled on dry days (obviously since the shute is outside on an open deck. .....Notice the vent (with dust filter) in the top of the barrel so the pellets could displace the air. .....flexible hose into barrel slips on off easily for access into barrel ......white plastic bowl in funnel to prevent small animal entry .......wood cover above funnel is lined with lexan to prevent water entry.