Is it OK to store pellet bags outside under a tarp?

Ed Churilla Posted By Ed Churilla, Aug 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM

  1. Ed Churilla

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    been putting them in my garage past few years--any issues with storing outside under cover of a tarp? Looking for some input before I unload.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. DAKSY

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    My stash sits outside all year. I had 4.5 tons at the beginning of last season & only burned 3,
    & THAT 4.5 tons was from the season BEFORE...
    The last pallet is still sitting where it was dropped two years ago & is still factory wrapped.
    I got three more tons at the end of May to take advantage of a sale & free delivery.
    I covered them with a tarp & they're gonna stay covered til I need to start burning.
    Hopefully THAT will be some time in November.
     
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  3. Ed Churilla

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    Thanks for the info-wish I had a way to offload my truck so I didn't have to break down the pallets. But I'll have to break it open and re-stack it and cover it. I'll store this years supply outside and try and keep it covered as best I can.
     
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    You can buy rolls of 20" x 1000' shrink wrap for about $20. I think I'd do that before I threw the tarp on.
     
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    As DAKSY said, shrink rap yourself then tarp if needed for extra protection. I left three ton outside all last season and broke them down, brought it in 1/2 ton at a time as I needed them. No issues.
     
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    I stored 6 tons in my yard from spring 2016 until just a month or so ago. I had to break down 4 of those tons because the deliverer did not place them where I wanted them (next to the other two tons - duh :rolleyes:). Anyway, I recovered each of the re-stacked pallets with the original covers, added a layer of 6 mil plastic on top (covering all 6 tons), then used the shrink wrap that was mentioned by others. Then, on top of that I used a heavy duty tarp.

    Everything stayed nice and dry. There wasn't even any condensation when I unwrapped them and moved them, by hand into my house this summer.
     
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  7. batchman

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    I keep mine outside under 4x4x4 pallet tarps, and on top of an old pallet. I need to bring them in when ground is frozen so I leave one for the following year. Didn't burn pellets last year, so I've now broken into a ton sitting out there two years. They give up 5 maybe 10 degrees but otherwise fine, unless critters get into 'em, but mostly they're too busy inside the house (ugh).

    I do get a bit of condensation within the factory wrap sometimes, but it doesn't seem to spoil the party. Much.

    Cheers,
    - Jeff
     
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  8. Orson_Yancey

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    I have stored pallets of pellets outside since Spring 2016. Some still in the factory plastic and some stacked individual bags.
    I cover with thick canvas tarps I purchased from Chicago Canvas. All has worked well. I use a 12ft x 14ft canvas to cover
    an individual pallet and a 14ft. x 16ft tarp to cover two pallets side by side. In August, Chicago Canvas runs 50% off sales of
    pink canvas tarps.
     
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  9. batchman

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    Updating since I finally took an actual measurement - I found that after the 2nd year outside my Okie Plats burned 50 degrees colder.

    The 5-10 degrees mentioned above was a 1 year measurement.

    Sorry if I led anyone "down the path". I won't be keeping them outside for two years again, if I can help it. If I do, they'll be shoulder pellets afterward!

    Best,
    - Jeff
     
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