Posted on Nov 30, 2023 at 10:03 am by James T
Ensuring optimal storage of wood pellets, whether indoors or outdoors, is essential to guarantee their quality and efficiency as a heating source. Adequate storage of wood pellets has several advantages, including preserving their quality and performance, preventing problems related to moisture or dust, and facilitating their daily use.
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Optimal storage of pellets: Shelf life
The shelf life of pellets is remarkable, as these wood pellets do not expire as such. The key lies in their proper handling and storage. By protecting them from moisture, dust, and taking precautions, you can keep them in good condition for many years, just like careful storage of archives.
This means that you have the possibility to build a sustainable reserve of fuel for your pellet stove without fearing their deterioration.
Choosing the right container for wood pellets
The wood stove operates with a renewable, ecological, and economical fuel. Wood pellets, also known as pellets, are easy to use, but their storage can quickly become a major concern. It is essential to choose a suitable container for storage, such as a box or a chest, rather than the original bags for three reasons:
- Avoiding children or animals from puncturing the bags while playing. It is also essential to prevent other potential problems. For example, if you have a curious cat at home, an airtight container can also help prevent your feline from climbing onto the pellet stove.
- Facilitating handling, as the bags usually weigh around fifteen kilograms.
- Improving the aesthetics of storage – we will discuss this further.
Outdoor storage of wood pellets
When you are forced to store your pellets in their original packaging, a crucial tip is to elevate them as much as possible, for example with a pallet, to protect them from floods or water damage.
It is entirely possible to store wood pellets outdoors, in a garden shed, an outbuilding, or any clean, dry, and well-ventilated space. As with indoor storage, it is absolutely necessary to avoid exposure to moisture, as overly moist pellets can swell and disintegrate, becoming unusable. It is therefore important, in this case as well, to elevate the pellets with a pallet and cover everything with a tarpaulin.
Aesthetic and sturdy containers
More and more people are looking for storage solutions for wood pellets that combine practicality and aesthetics. Many manufacturers now offer containers that are both aesthetic and sturdy. Thus, if your pellets are stored in a silo in an outbuilding at the back of your garden, you will probably prefer to opt for an attractive secondary container for your living room in order to limit back and forth trips during the winter.
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Pellet storage silo
The pellet storage silo allows you to store large quantities of wood pellets, either in bulk at home or outdoors.
Pellet storage chest
Also called a box or storage cabinet, the pellet storage chest allows you to store a large volume of wood pellets inside your home, all in an elegant manner. It is available in different models, styles, colors, and sizes and often has a compartment to collect pellet dust, which tends to clog appliances. The larger chests can store the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of pellets, which is convenient during a cold spell.
Pellet basket or bin
The pellet basket is the ideal storage solution if your living room is small or if your silo is close to your house. It allows you to keep a reserve of pellets within reach, protected from moisture and dust.
With proper storage, protected from moisture and dust, wood pellets can be kept for several years without deteriorating, ensuring you a constant source of fuel for your wood stove.