How to Spook Up Your Decor Using Wood Pallets

Wood Pallet Repurpose Project for Halloween DecorationThe leaves are changing, the days are shorter, the air is crisp, and costumes are flying off shelves. We like to call this time of year HeArTh-O-wEeN!

Lots of spooky decorations are everywhere, but did you know you can use that your leftover wood pallets from your delivery to really kick it up a notch?

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Here’s a new one – an Underground Dungeon Illusion! You only need a little time and a few provisions to make it.

What You’ll Need:

  • Shovel
  • Wood Pallet
  • Monster Hands
  • Waterproof Led Lights

Find a space in your garden or lawn where you don’t mind disturbing the ground. Ideally, you’ll have it near your home’s walkway so more visitors can be easily spooked! Of course, don’t situate it too close to where people walk – so the scary illusion works even better.

All you have to do is dig down about 6 inches deep in the shape of your pallet – which is typically 40 inches by 48 inches. Make sure to take measurements first, so you don’t dig more than you need to.

Load up your waterproof, outdoor-safe led lights inside the pallet. Try and find some in an eery color like red, murky green or even purple! If your lights aren’t battery-operated, make sure your cord is threaded through the boards inconspicuously before you lower your light ready pallet down into the space you’ve made in the ground.

Cover up the pallet edges with dirt to get it even with the ground surface. Place your monster hands in the slats to make it look like your monster is trapped and trying to escape…and you’re done!

Happy Hearthoween!

$300 Biomass Federal Tax Credit Expiring

Biomass Tax CreditAre you eligible for the $300 Biomass Federal Tax Credit? It’s a $300 dollar-for-dollar tax credit for purchasing a qualifying biomass-burning stove between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. To make sure yours meets the 75% efficiency rating requirement, just check with your retailer.

You’re able to claim this credit as long as the stove was installed in your principal residence. This is the home you live in most of the time. It must be in the United States, and it can include a house, houseboat, mobile home, cooperative apartment, condominium, and a manufactured home. New construction and rentals do not apply. 

If you bought your eligible pellet stove in 2016, or are planning to by the end of this year, prepare for your 2016 tax filing by keeping your sales receipt and the manufacturer’s certification.

If your stove meets all the requirements, and you purchased it in 2015, did you include it on your tax return? If you missed out on the Biomass Federal Tax Credit, use Form 1040X – Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You have up to three years after the filing or due date, or two years after paying your taxes to amend. Full information on how to amend your return can be found here.

For More Information, See HPBA’s Tax Credit Fact Sheet, Here

Why Your Pellet Stove Won’t Ignite, Stay Lit, Feed Pellets, Etc.

Why Your Pellet Stove Won’t Ignite, Stay Lit, Feed Pellets, Etc.There are many different brands and styles of wood pellet stoves – so the best way to start learning about your particular stove is to read the entire manual. If you’re a new pellet stove owner, or have switched to a different model – it could take some trial and error to learn the right process for your home.

You might be surprised to learn that many common issues pellet burners face with their stoves can be solved with making some adjustments. Again – start to troubleshoot and learn by reading your manual! It has the best stove-specific advice on operation, maintenance, recommendations and best practices.

Take a look at our quick cheat sheet below to review the pellet stove problems we hear about the most.

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Labs Test for Actual Efficiency of Wood and Pellet Stoves

In May of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency began to require efficiency testing for stoves. Those tested and certified before then do not have to disclose their efficiency until they are required to conduct new tests – while will be at least a couple of years.

Many stove manufacturers post efficiency numbers based on non-standardized calculations. This means the information posted on the company website might not be entirely accurate.

The wood and pellet stoves found in the chart below have been tested by accredited laboratories for efficiency in order to find honest data for consumers. Keep in mind that the efficiency of wood stoves is partly based on the operator, while lab-tested pellet stove efficiency results should be considered reliable.

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Welcoming South Shore Wood Pellets Customers Partners with South Shore Wood Pellets to Help Cover Former Customers with Quality Wood Pellets, Expert Customer Service and Convenient Delivery Options. Although the Massachusetts-based South Shore Wood Pellets permanently closed this year, the owner of SSWP felt it was important to redirect his customers to a reliable vendor that would provide the high level of premium products and service they are used to. That’s where we come in.

The team at has been working together with South Shore Wood Pellets to make sure former patrons are covered. We are a local New Hampshire company celebrating our 10th anniversary in business. We have withstood all the challenges over the years by focusing on one thing; our valued customers.

We proudly offer the highest quality wood pellets and bricks, convenient home delivery to your driveway or garage, and a team of experts to answer your questions – including troubleshooting and service needs. We have grown to become one of the most reliable and largest pellet retailers in the Northeast.

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Wood Pellet Burning Strategies Gaining Popularity Hardwood Softwood Burn Strategy

Have you considered burning more than one type or brand of wood pellets during one heating season?

A trend growing in popularity among experienced pellet stove owners is to burn pellets with a higher heat output during the coldest months of the heating season, and burn pellets with a lesser heat output (and a typically lower price tag) in the early season and late season months.

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Farmers’ Almanac 2016-17 Weather Predictions Are In
Shoveling snow wasn’t much of a bother last year, heating bills were much lower, and December was the warmest on record for the lower 48 states. The year ended pretty wet too – with 86 percent of the U.S experiencing above-normal precipitation. However according to the 2016-17 Farmers’ Almanac, the nice reprieve we enjoyed last year is over…and winter is making a big comeback. 

2017FarmerAlmanacPredictions for this year include warnings of exceptionally cold, frigid weather which will predominate over parts of the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England this winter.

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Get Your Stove Ready for Fall

Woodpellets.comAside from the usual ash removal and general maintenance, your wood pellet stove needs additional care in order to operate at optimal safety and efficiency. So when it was time to shut down your stove for the summer, did you take the time to do so properly? Instead of just pulling the plug and walking away, responsible pellet stove owners should have used a quick shut-down checklist:

  • Turn off your stove and unplug it from the wall entirely
  • Use an ammonia-free, heat-safe cleaning solvent to clean the glass
  • Clean out the inside of the stove and hopper as best you can
  • Remove all leftover pellets (burned and unburned)

Probably the most important part of shutting down for the summer is removing all leftover residue and pellets. If you have moisture inside your stove, the leftover pellets will absorb it. This can cause rust to form, which could lead to costly damage.

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How to Maximize Your Garage Storage Space

Make room for wood pellets! Declutter your Storage space with these handy tips from

It’s getting to be that time again. You need to start making room for your pallets of wood pellets that you’ll be using soon. We’ve shown you how to stack a few tons in a small space, but what if you need more room?  Here are some handy organization tips from the experts at Houzz:

It’s easy to become overwhelmed on projects like this when you jump in with no plan. It’s best to start with some rough guidelines and goals.

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DIY Empty Pellet Bag Jump Rope
Looking for a rainy day activity that the kids can help out with? We’ve put together a simple tutorial on how to make a jumprope out of empty wood pellet bags – and we hope you’ll try it out.

Remember, we’re dealing with plastic and scissors here, so kids should participate under adult supervision only.

What you’ll need:
- Empty wood pellet bags
- Scissors
- Tape
- Minimal braiding skills

For one jump rope, you’ll need two pellet bags. First, shake out any excess pellets and fines from the bags. Cut the tops and bottoms of the bags so you have a nice even double layer of plastic to work with. Carefully cut strips vertically either one layer at a time, or keep the layers together to cut two strips at a time. Try to keep the strips of similar width, but it doesn’t have to be perfect of course.

Next, tie at least 12 single strips of plastic together until you have a nice long strip of plastic. Repeat this twice to have three total. Fold each connected strip in half to double up the strength, and tie a knot on one end. Repeat this with the other two connected plastic strips. 

Twist the three double strings together, just under the knots you made, and securely tape down to a table or wall. To make the braiding easier, twist each double string all the way down to the end, and make a knot. You should now have three twisted together double strips, connected at the top.

Make a simple braid all the way from the top to bottom, using your three twisted together strips. Just like the old friendship bracelets, just much longer this time! Secure the three strings together at the bottom.

You can make a heftier, stronger jump rope by repeating the above steps twice, and braiding those three braids together. But this simple tutorial should give you a nice jump rope that can easily survive a season of play.

The handles can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. We used several layers of extra strips to wrap around the ends to make handles, and secured them with tape. Here you can get creative and add some fun flair, like colorful ribbon or decorative duct tape. The possibilities are endless!

Do you have any ideas on how to reuse empty wood pellet bags? Please share!


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