If you can, try your best to find ways to store your wood pellets inside of the house because this is the most effective solution. It is essential to store the fuel in a dry place, where you do not have to worry about flooding, termites, mold, or high humidity problem. If you have more space, make use of the manufacturer’s wooden pallets by laying cardboard on it and stacking the bags of pellet on to keep them higher from the ground.
However, if you do not have much storage area, throw the pallets away and stack your fuel in a narrow place. In addition, not everyone can always store wood pellet inside the house, garage, or basement, so the best solution is to store them in a shed or a place that provides temporary protection from bad weather.
In case you cannot find a shelter for storing your fuel, try your best to protect them by thoroughly inspecting your delivery when it arrives and adding layers of cover. Before being sent to the customer, the wood pellets are always fasten securely by a plastic shroud, so check if they are punctured or ripped and repair them by a waterproof adhesive tape or add several plastic layers as wraps.
To protect the pellets from water or destruction from birds, squirrels and other small animals, sealed them with a tarp and stack them on the wooden pallets. Make sure you choose a tarp that is large enough to be able to cover the entire stacked pallets and make a regular check once in a while.
Although being stored outdoors, your fuel must still be in a place away from water such as spray nozzles, sprinkler paths, or shell holes that are prone to be flooded because directly contact with water can disintegrate wood pellets and bring them back to sawdust state.
How to store Wood Pellets in different Temperatures and Weathers
Those are tips how to store wood pellets outdoors. But how can you handle the changes in temperature and weather elements in a whole year? Read the following to get some specific advice for seasonal storage.
After a long winter with tons of holidays spent with family and friends, it is time for a thorough spring cleaning. The first thing that you need to start, in a long cleaning list, is removing ashes from the hopper of your pellet stove. Wood pellets are burned for heating during the cold season so there probably will not be much left when the spring comes. Store the rest of wood pellets in the garage, basement, as well as dry places indoor, or put them outside with good protection from water and animal for use in other occasions, and consider buying some new fuels bags.
If you let the wood pellets outdoors during hot summer, always use plastic shroud for protection and cover them with a tarp to add an overlay to keep them from the heat. Gently remove the protective tarp and cut the plastic shroud at the top edge that covers the top of wood pallets so they can easily escape from the top of the bag.
Furthermore, as noted above, keep your wood pellets away from water area as far as possible. If the storage place is near or under trees, cover up the skid with a tarp so it not only protects the fuels from natural elements but also keeps the leaves, fruit, dirt, or bird droppings from soiling your plastic shroud, which is hard to clean. Keep in mind to check on your wood pellets as this time is a thriving season for squirrels.
The chilly weather of autumn is a perfect time for you to start burning wood pellets for heating. Gently remove the protective tarp and cut the plastic shroud at the top edge that covers the top of wood pallets so they can easily escape from the top of the bag. Try to keep your plastic shroud from being ripped or dirty so you can use it for a long time to cover the rest fuels after each use. Just take out a small amount each time you want to use, and then cover them by shroud and tarp with a heavy object on the skid to keep the tarp fixed.
When snow and ice melt into water, you do not want them to contact with the wood pellets stored outdoors. The best solution is to use a shovel to make a ditch as a straight path or running around the wood pallets so the snow and ice will go down there, therefore minimize the damage caused by them. Continue to use the shroud and tarp to protect your fuels from the cold of winter, combined with regular inspections, especially when a snowstorm happens.
Make sure you can do everything to protect your wood pellets after reading this article.