I have had a CO monitor in the same room as my pellet stove (up above it - since CO is lighter than O2) and is has never gone off.
Funny, I just noticed a blurb about proper storage of "bulk" pellets while researching NYSERDAs newest pellet stove upgrade program. I was wondering what may have triggered that. I haven't seen it as much of an issue here in Central NY. Not a lot of folks (only one I met in 7 years up here) use bulk pellets.Smokey is on target.
If you have a large "sealed" hopper, CO ((FROM THE DEVICE IT IS HOOKED TO)) will gradually fill the hopper up, and leak out into the room the hopper is in. If the room is sealed, CO being a heavy gas will fill the room top to bottom, making it a death trap. Those large pellet hoppers are NOT air tight.
The reason you don't have this kind of problem with a stove, is because the stove/hopper are all contained in one unit, and fresh air is constantly being moved in and out of that room.
Please enlighten me more.... I am considering building a 4x4x12 storage bin to hold bulk pellets.... However I am making it semisealed - seems caulked with a lid - pretty much air tight to prevent the dust from when they fill it from blowing all over the shop.... Don't want to be making a mistake trying to make less work for myself.making your own bulk feed storage bin is a bad idea....unless you are an engineer.
The outside vent is only open when filling to relieve pressure. You would need a vent also during normal operations, pellet level going down, left off gases on a continual basis. You could use a vent outside but you would need to ensure it is above the snow line, could look ugly (tall pipe on side of house) and might introduce moisture into the pellets.Why would you need an internal vent with the sock if it's vented to the outside?
Had a couple of those out here in Colorado in the past years. Grain silos can be terrible places for organic toxins as well as just mold. We had a guy perish in a sugar tower years ago as well. Stay clear of wherever grains and such are stored unless you have a strong vent/fan going.strikes me there have been accidental deaths from people in grain silo's in the past. probably due to the same conditions
Im confused. Do pellet put out carbon monoxide with out being burned? I have just about two tons scattered all over my home. Is the CO not an issue because of the amount or because of the place I am storing? I do have a CO detector.
Not entirely true. Due to natural processes of enzymatic breakdown of wood pellets (especially freshly-cut wood pellets), *some* CO can be off-gassed as a byproduct, without actually combusting those wood pellets in a fire. However, recent studies that I've read have indicated that the off-gassing is so insignificant that wood pellet storage (whether inside a silo or basement) should not present any health hazards.
Not true. There is CO produced when pellets off-gas.Carbon DIOXIDE is what is put off from composting wood and what is in farm silos. carbon monoxide is a gas that comes from incomplete combustion Of various fuels. Both deadly killers. If you have carbon monoxide in your pellet storage area it's not your pellets.
Not true. Any organic matter will release CO as a byproduct of decomposition. Combustion just accelerates the process.