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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Cooper, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Cooper

    Cooper New Member

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    How do you guys keep your outdoor pellet stacks dry? Is there a square tarp they sell or any tips?
    I want to stack my own pallets outside and keep moisture out! Thanks for any replies

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  2. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    Plastic tarp & bungee cords.
  3. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Put em in the basement?
  4. DexterDay

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    Best bet is indoor storage. Once the factory outside wrap comes off? All bets are off. . .

    If your gonna store outdoors, please have a LARGE tarp.

    Pellet bags have a lot of holes in them. So if a bag gets moisture on the outside, it will transfer to the inside.
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  5. Bioburner

    Bioburner Moderator Staff Member

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    Vermin hate moth balls-napthalene. Even when I store indoors I salt things with em. I move the pellets into house in late fall and use glue traps.
  6. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    It sounds like the OP is planning on buying by the bag and stacking, so he wouldn't have that extra protection you had.
  7. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    I agree. Even worse when the only thing under the tarp is the bags. The puddles would be on, or in, them.
  8. latichever

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    I've stored many tons under tarps with bungee cords, and bricks to hold down the tarp edges. The pellets have stayed dry, but the arrangement is unsightly. Considering that pallets of pallets are fairly standrd in length and width (if not in height given there are 1 ton and 1.3 ton skiffs), I think there'd be a market for a tarp that would go over the pallet like a fitted sheet. It would have some kind of tie on top to neatly gather the excess as the pile goes down, and some kind of waterproof flap on the side to get at the pellets without having to pull the whole cover off.

    I live in an urban setting without a garage, but I'm considering something like this, $219.99 at http://www.shelterlogic.com/Product...6bc-4724-849b-9df80095b3e8&CategoryName=Sheds
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  9. tony58

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    Do the mice/rats eat the pellets or just make holes looking for something to eat?I'm using some pellets thats been in a shed for 2 years.The last few bags had small holes in them.Guess I'II have to get some bate out...
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    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I store them inside and in the basement also have a dehumidifier in the same room during the summer works good for me except loading them in the basement sucks
  11. DOLLARBILL

    DOLLARBILL Feeling the Heat

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    my delivery person stacks them for me of course for a little extra well worth it and they are always inside!
  12. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    Besides covered real good, keep them off the ground.

    Side note: A few years ago I stored two tons of hardwood pellets outside, covered with two tarps and on pallets stacked two high. I did clear snow or water off the top of the covers and around the sides when I saw it. All 100 bags were fine with no water damage or moisture issues, no rodent issues after 1 year outside. I do now store 4 tons inside only.
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    gfreek Minister of Fire

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    I stored 2 tons in a vinyl garage like above. Used pallets to keep off the ground, and double wrapped them with tarps. Mice & squirrels got into some of the bags, so there were about 6 bags that I didn't use figuring too much moisture,,, afew were just junk with moisture...

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