The best way to store and preserve wood pellets
Heating with wood is an ecological and economical alternative for many homes. Wood pellets are a convenient and easy-to-use heating source, but storing and preserving them can be a challenge for homeowners. To maximize their lifespan and efficiency, it is essential to store and preserve them properly. Find out how to dispose of wood pellets, whether indoors or outdoors, to ensure optimal use and save money.
Store pellets indoors
Here are the precautions for storing wood pellets indoors:
- Choose a dry and cool place: the pellets should be stored in a dry and cool place inside your home to avoid humidity and temperature changes that can alter their quality;
- Use plastic bags or airtight containers: Store pellets in plastic bags or airtight containers to avoid moisture and contamination. Plastic bags must be sealed tightly to prevent air from entering and damaging the pellets;
- Avoid areas exposed to heat: Avoid storing pellets near radiators or other heat sources to prevent the pellets from melting.
Store pellets outside
Here are our tips for storing wood pellets outdoors:
- Use a waterproof shelter: it is essential to protect the pellets from rainwater, snow and humidity. You can store the pellets under an airtight shelter, such as a canopy or a shed, to avoid their exposure to the weather;
- Cover the pellets with a tarp: if you don't have a waterproof shelter, you can cover the bags of pellets with a tarp to protect them from rain and humidity. Make sure the tarp is big enough to cover all the bags and is secure to prevent it blowing away;
- Avoid areas exposed to the sun: pellets should be stored in the shade to avoid direct exposure to UV rays. Heat and UV rays can melt the pellets, which can render them unusable.
Other recommendations for storing pellets properly
- Place the pellets on a flat and stable surface: the pellets must be placed on a flat and stable surface to avoid any spillage or damage to the bag. You can use pallets or concrete slabs to create a flat and stable surface to store your pellets;
- Regularly check the condition of the pellets: this ensures that they have not been damaged or altered. If you notice moist or damaged pellets, remove them immediately to prevent them from contaminating other pellets;
- Ensure air circulation: the pellets must be stored in a place where air can circulate freely to avoid the formation of condensation. You can place the bags on shelves or racks that allow good air circulation.