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Storing Pelletts

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by berg, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. berg

    berg New Member

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    Looking at buying a hoard and wondered if storing pelletts off the floor in a garage.
    Do pelletts break down and create more fines or am I good to go and store about 3-4 tons?

    opinions please.......

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  2. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    I think as long as your garage isn't going to have a lot of humidity they will be fine. You're doing the right thing by getting them off the floor. I'm sure you'll here from plenty of guys here that they have used pellets they've stored for 1, 2 or sometimes 3 years. I had about 1/2 ton left from last year that I kept in my basement and it kept and burned just fine in October. Good luck!
  3. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    100% fine they will only break down if you keep moving them around and watch the humidity but you will be fine store away
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  4. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Go for it! They will be fine if they are dry. It's that simple. As for "breaking down"? Just dont throw a party and use your pellets as a dance floor. Enjoy!
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Just don't let them get direct contact with water. I'd keep them on the original skid to keep em off the floor.
  6. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    If you could use additional stacking height replace the skid with some empty pellet bags to create a moisture barrier.
  7. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    A little birdie told us that pellets have an expiration date and are only good for about one season, so be sure to call your nearest pellet pig for proper disposal.

    Lets see check my signature the LGs were fall of 2009, the Cubex are summer of 2010, the MWP were spring of 2011.

    Oh and don't stack your bags of pellets on top of empty pellet bags laid on the garage floor, the bags leak like a sieve, first layer should be a skid or something high enough to keep any water that gets into the storage area from say a car's wheels away from the pellets.
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  8. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Hmm...couple of layers works ok for me ,don't bring wet things into the garage though.
  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Yes but not all storage areas are dry 24/7/365/6 and a number of areas have water lines running through them and things are well known for having oppsy moments sort of like our favorite pastime the pellet stove or the 'tricity supply, ....
  10. moey

    moey Minister of Fire

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    Ive stored some two seasons now in my garage on pallets. No problems. Not sure if I would if my garage was very very humid.
  11. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Gotcha. Never had or heard of water issues in a garage. Better safe than sorry then. If you got pipe leak/ burst worries I would cover the stack as well. Gotta say pipes in a garage sounds unusual to me. Not usually heated?
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    I don't think it is humidity you need to worry about, just if they have water on them like a leaking roof. I have touched my pellet bags many times and found them moist from condensation. Even pellets three years old are just fine. All my pellet stacks are on skids and are not up against the walls etc. I don't subscribe to buying pellets that you know have been kept out in the open for any length of time.
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  13. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I would keep them up off if a concrete floor just to be safe the concrete could condensate our a spill or what ever. I store mine in my basement but I have a humidifier down there
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  14. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    You just don't have a garage under.


    ETA: Mine has a well pressure tank and pump, a dhw boiler, hot water heater, an oil tank, a Car (with a less than dry underside and wheels), lots of water lines and over 8 ton of pellets on skids stacked 15 layers high.
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  15. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the ETA. Cannot Vulcan mind meld over the Internet.
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  16. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    If you ask some (we know who)? Then yes. They will go bad.

    But in reality. No... Keep them dry and you'll be fine. I haven't bought tonnage in almost 3 yrs. Bought almost 10 ton a fee yrs back and been burnin ever since.

    Buy them up and stack them up....


    These are still in my garage (Rocky Mountains and Sets)
    IMG_20121124_162215.jpg
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  17. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    When I was much younger my garage wall looked similar but instead of pellets it was empties.
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    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    Dang Dexter, I aspire to be that neat with my pellet stacks.
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  19. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Im OCD. Look at the link in my Signature (Evolution) my woodstacks are just as straight ;)
  20. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    That little birdie was a sweet young thing (maybe an old hag) at a pellet maker, so it must be correct, right ????

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