Whether you are burning wood pellets, corn, or another flex-fuel to heat your home, it’s important to store your fuel in a clean, dry place away from elements and vermin. Buying high quality fuel and maintaining its integrity is important to getting the most out of your appliance. High quality fuel that is stored properly will give the the most efficient heat, while helping you with easier operation and maintenance of your pellet stove. Bad fuel can lead to a number of issues, including clinkers (when burning corn) so take the right measures now and enjoy the entire heating season!
Wood Pellet Storage Ideas, Including Corn and Other Flex Fuels
A popular way to purchase wood pellets or corn is in individual bags that range from about forty to fifty pounds each. The bags are often plastic or heavy paper, but are not always moisture proof. Enclosed garages, storage sheds, mud rooms, four season porches, or finished basements all make good places to store bags of fuel. When possible, store up off the ground on a pallet, especially if you buy a ton or more at a time and the bags could be sitting there for a while.
When buying in bulk, again find a sturdy container that will preferably seal and can be stored in a protected area, such as those mentioned above. Five gallon buckets work great in hauling fuel to your pellet stove from a bulk source stored in another area of your home. It’s important to buy only what you will use this season, and not save/store unused fuel over the hot/humid summer months. Read, “But the Guy Said that I could Burn Anything in This Stove”.