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Where do you store your pellets?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kh395269, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. kh395269

    kh395269 New Member

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    Hi, I'd like to buy 2-3 tons of pellets for next winter, but the thought of lugging 100-150 40lb bags to the basement doesn't really thrill me. I don't think there's much room in the garage for these either. Where do most people store them?

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  2. BubbRubb

    BubbRubb New Member

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    I have a room under my porch in the basement where I store mine. I have 6 tons in there.
  3. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    In the basement here.

    Unfortunately I do not have a garage as an option, so I have no choice
    here but to lug the bags in one at a time.
    3 ton worth...

    As long as the weather hood is on the pallet, they don't have to be
    moved all in the same day.. :)
  4. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

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    Garage. 6 Ton's at the start of winter, down to 3 1/2 now.
  5. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    I never pre-buy, so no storage over the summer. During the season 25 'working' bags go in the corn crib, additional bags get stacked in the garage. I've never bought more than a ton at a time, never paid more than $180 ton, one of these days I'm going to get caught...
  6. kh395269

    kh395269 New Member

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    Wow Gotzthe Hotz, what's the secret? You must not be from the Northeast. Where are you finding pellets less than $180 a ton?
  7. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Just thinking the same thing....No such price anymore in New England.
  8. muss

    muss Feeling the Heat

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    I have 1 & 1/2 ton so far down cellar . Up & down those stairs 1 bag at a time was no picnic. Plan on getting 2 more tons down there by end of June :p
  9. Souzafone

    Souzafone Feeling the Heat

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    In the basement. I've done this for a few years 1 or 2 tons at a time. This year I'll be getting 6 tons, if I can get a good price. What I do is bring them through the bulkhead, using a plank as a ramp. I can slide 5 or 6 bags down at a time and align a table for them to slide onto. Then I go down cellar and take the bags off the table and ramp and re-stack on pallets. The lumber yard I usually buy from brings a forklift and brings the pallets right to the bulkhead door. This makes it a lot easier than a tail gate drop at he end of the driveway.
  10. Shooter

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    Garage. Only 10 paces to the stove.

    My condolences to those keeping them in their basement or lower level. Show us some before and after pics in the spring, you might have a new excercise program to unveil. :)
  11. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    Twin Cities, MN. Between the local big box stores, and now a farmer guy that has been getting truck loads (last ton coming tonight, $175 delivered-Fibre By Products), I've been lucky! I aslo simply do not have enough room to store over the summer, the boat gets priority.
  12. buildingmaint

    buildingmaint Feeling the Heat

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    Four tons in the basement. I have a friend who helps , with the use of his truck and his back . We got it done in two hours last year. The place where I buy my pellets is only about a mile and a half from my house so it is not a long drive. Last year I picked up my tons on a day he took off work. What a coincidence .
  13. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    I have a garage but it's filled with stuff. I am able to
    fit 2 tons in there though despite the stuff, and 2 tons
    on my 3 season porch.
    Have stored a ton out in the driveway for 6+ months
    with no problems. They were heavily wrapped and covered.

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  14. rap69ri

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    I have one ton in the basement and two in the shed. The ones in the shed are tarpped too make sure they remain dry.
  15. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    In the cellar. A case of beer, a few pizzas and a 2 friends to help me lug them in. Pretty cheap, considering that I don't want to lug 5 tons into the basement by myself.
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    I guess I'm lucky in that I enlist my father to help for free. I threaten to withhold the grandkids (my 2 dogs that he loves dearly) from him if he doesn't help.
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    Or a teen daughter with a couple of potential boyfriends who want to impress her? ;-)

    A walkout basement is a definite advantage here.

    Ken
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    Had 18 ton in the garage at the start of last burn season. My garage is 1,100 sqft.
  19. Richardin52

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    I'm taking a little bit different approach. I'm just setting up a treager PB 150 boiler to heat my apartment houses and bought a 5 ton grain silo that I plan on putting behind one of the buildings with an auger that will feed the hopper.

    If you guys built a small silo in your basement or garage you could buy in bulk and save money.
  20. Ken45

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    I wonder if pellets stored that way would absorb more moisture than in bags. Of course, for your needs, you probably don't have a good choice considering the volume you must use.

    Are pellets available in bulk in most areas?

    Ken
  21. kh395269

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    I'm thinking of getting a PVC vinyl shed for these and my kids toys. We need to get the ride on toys out of the garage anyway- no real room and it's too easy to scratch the cars.
  22. Richardin52

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    Ken, I would love to hear from someone else that stores them this way. The average moisture of air dried wood is around 12 percent so there is a chance they will take on a little moisture. If that happens I think I will auger them into a smaller inside bin where it is pretty warm and dry all the time. I figure a couple weeks in there and they would be dry anyway.
  23. bostonbaked

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    I have a tiny little ranch house. I'm thinking two tons will suffice. I got one ton in the basement near the stove in seven 60 gallon plastic drums Two barrels holds 15 bags. In the shed another ton stored in barrels as well but left those in the bags for ease of moving later. (someone on the board suguested that) I can get six bags in a drum no problem. This would work out well for folks with no indoor storage as well as these drums have water tight lids.
  24. mrmichaeljmoore

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    I keep mine on the unfinished side of my basement. Stove is on the finished side.
    The delivery guy puts them into my garage, then I haul them down the basement stairs. My basement doesnt have Bilco doors.

    Just moved 3 tons (two bags at a time) to my basement by myself this past Friday. Took me about 3 hours....with a few breaks in between to watch portions of the Mets game.

    Great workout. (Yes, I'm still a young guy at 32 years old.....I dont know what I'll do when I get "older").
  25. bungalobob

    bungalobob Feeling the Heat

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    3 tons to the basement in 3 hours, 2 bags at a time. The only good I find in your post is that the Mets won that night. I got 3 tons in the garage and luckily the only steps I'll be climbing are the four to get into the house. Down the stairs with 80 pounds on my back is not for me any longer. Good luck bringing them back up.
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