6 Clever Pumpkin Decorating Ideas to Try

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With Hearth-oween fast approaching, we wanted to explore some clever ways to decorate pumpkins. Whether you don’t like elaborate carving, or you just want a new look, Country Living Magazine had some great ideas.

Here are our six favorite pumpkin projects:

1. Thumbtack Word
Choose a dark color, and paint the entire pumpkin!  Trace your word lightly where you’d like the thumbtacks to go, and press decorative thumbtacks along your lines. The shorter the word, the easier to see what it says – eek or boo are some great options.

2. Chalk Art
Pick up some chalkboard paint at a hardware store, or online. It’s a popular trend to use this kind of paint in DIY projects, so there are a variety of kinds to choose from – spray or standard, colored or black, etc. Then, simply grab some chalk and create your design! Create a careful masterpiece with white chalk for your dinner party, or let the kids go crazy with brightly colored chalk!

3. Carved Pumpkin Villlage
Carve the top and scoop out the pumpkin insides, like you would do for a traditional jack-o-lantern. Trace the outline of a house on one side of the pumpkin. Then, draw where you want windows to go. Use a brush to paint the house black within your guides, leaving the windows unpainted. Use a carving tool or small knife to carve out the windows. If you’re really skilled, include window panes! This part should be done by adults only. Place candle votives inside and enjoy your new neighborhood!

4. Fancy Découpage
Choose white gourds, or just paint your regular pumpkins. Use Mod-Podge to découpage pressed flowers or leaves along the top. You might want to use faux pumpkins to keep these creations for every year!

5. Faux Lanterns
Instead of Jack-o-Lanterns, make pumpkin lanterns! Carve the top out and remove the inner pumpkin, as you would for a regular carving. Trace outlines of lanterns, leaving openings for where you’ll carve. Paint the lantern design, and carve out the “glass part! Insert a candle votive and light up steps or walkways! Again, leave the carving part for adults only.

6. Constellation Pumpkin
After removing the top and insides, use hand drills to make holes in varying sizes. If you don’t have hand drills, nails or screwdrivers would work too. Use a knife to make slits in some of the holes for a twinkling star effect! We liked the look of a white pumpkin, but a dark blue painted pumpkin would look great too. A pretty design by day, and a twinkling sky by night with a candle votive!

 

Show us your work! Send us a picture of your creations in front of your pellet stove, wood stove or fireplace for a chance to win a $50 Darden restaurants gift card!

 

Full contest details and rules here. Hurry, the winner is chosen on October 31st!

Wood Pellet Market Update

There is only one word to describe the current market in wood pellets – unprecedented. Many of the changes that have happened in the pellet industry have been brewing for years, but the effects have really been felt by consumers since last spring. The appeal of wood pellet fuel has never been stronger, but that has driven some changes that every buyer of pellets will see.

New Stove Sales

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Pellet stove sales continue to grow by leaps and bounds. The comfort and warmth generated by a pellet stove, combined with the run-up in heating oil prices and propane last winter, has convinced many households in New England to install a pellet stove. Many of the stove shops we work with in have let us know that their installations of new stoves are up as much as 50% so far this year and sales continue to be strong this fall. Anyone buying a new stove can see a wait time of several weeks for installation as the stores work to keep up with sales. These new stoves mean more people looking for pellets this fall.

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Happy Hearthoween Pumpkin Photo Contest!

WOODPELLETS.COMHow do you decorate your pumpkins? Do you carve them into jack-o-lanterns? Do you paint them… or be-dazzle them? Well, now is your time to show us!

Simply place your pumpkin creations in front of your pellet stove, fireplace or wood stove, and take a picture to send us! We will pick our favorite on October 31st.

The winner will receive a $50 Darden Restaurants gift card, redeemable at any Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52® or any other Darden restaurant! Full list here

All are encouraged to join in, but the winner must be a current or past Woodpellets.com customer. The winning photograph will be chosen by the Woodpellets.com team on Hearthoween (10/31) at 4pm.
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Wood Pellet Delivery Peak Season FAQs

It’s the time of year where the phones are steadily ringing, and we are talking with many new and returning customers. Due to other retailers running out of wood pellets and the time of year, our phone call volumes have significantly increased. The Woodpellets.com team is always happy to get you the answers you are looking for, so we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we are hearing during this seasonal rush.

Wood Pellet Delivery1. Do you have wood pellets to sell me?

If you type in your zip code on our website, or tell us on the phone, you will receive a list of available inventory in your area. You might see “Backordered” or “Sold Out” at times. However, if we tell you on the phone or you see online that pellets are available – that means we have them. We would never knowingly sell wood pellets or wood bricks that aren’t available.

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How to Store 3 Tons of Wood Pellets in a Small Garage

stackedpelletsHaving recently purchased a new pellet stove, I quickly found myself facing an issue that just about all pellet stove owners face – where the heck do you store all those bags of pellets?

Some store them outdoors – which if fine if you provide them
a little extra protection. The plastic outer shrouding can definitely withstand a season outdoors. But who wants to trek through snow and ice to get a bag of pellets? I would rather be able to grab them in my socks.

Basements are also popular storage areas. But mine is so full of junk… I mean special keepsakes that my wife could never part with…that I literally have no room for three tons of pellets.
So I decided to make my garage work.
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What is Precision Delivery?

Pallet Jack ServicePrecision Delivery involves the use of a Pallet Jack. This special tool is a hand-operated machine that lifts heavy pallets, allowing delivery drivers to pull skids of fuel over flat, hard surfaces (a garage floor). Because of their maneuverability and small size, pallet jacks give you greater flexibility than forklifts to place pallets exactly where you need them.

Pricing and availability for Precision Delivery varies depending on the region. There is an extra fee for this type of delivery, but many customers find it’s well worth the money.

“I’m so glad I went for the pallet jack delivery! Your driver was able to place my wood pellets right next to the door going inside the house. This has saved us a lot of time and effort. Thank you”  -Estelle, MA Customer

Pallet jack wood pellet wood brick delivery
The pallet jack can move over a smooth, solid surface to place your pallets right where you need them. You just have to make sure your garage has an open, clear path in order for the driver to successfully maneuver the pallet jack. Also, it’s important to know that we cannot go down stairs or curbs, or go across grass or dirt with the pallet jack.
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5 Twists on Fall Baking Classics

It’s about that time of year to turn off the fans and turn on your wood stoves, pellet stoves, and kitchen stoves! In honor of Fall’s arrival, we have compiled our top five office favorites for new seasonal recipes. Apple crisp and pumpkin pie are always great options, but wouldn’t you like to try some of these twists on the classics?


1. Bacon Latticed Apple Pie

Bacon Apple Pie

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Think Pink: Woodpellets.com Partners with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Thank You

Now is certainly the time to get your orders in for wood bricks and/or wood pellets, if you haven’t done so already. For every ton sold between now and October 8th, $5 will be donated to The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. For example, if you ordered 5 tons before the 8th, Woodpellets.com will donate $25. We figured, what better way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month?
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The First Day of Fall is Here

Happy Heating SeasonToday is the first official day of Fall! This means it’s time for apple picking, pumpkin carving and soon…..firing up your wood and/or pellet stoves!

We can assure you that we are working diligently to get orders out to our customers as quickly as we can. However, pellets cannot be delivered immediately after ordering. (Lead times vary by region.) If you haven’t ordered your wood pellets or wood bricks yet, we strongly encourage you do so as soon as possible in order to secure your fuel and get into our delivery queue. It’s not our supply we are warning you about, because we have considerably more pellets than our customers have ordered from us, at any given time. We are just providing a friendly reminder to place your order sooner rather than later to get higher on our delivery list.

Whether you choose to stick with us this year, try us out for the first time, or order elsewhere…order as soon as you’re able. Our customer service representatives are standing by at 1-800-PELLETS, and our website (www.woodpellets.com) is always available for orders, 24/7.

 

Thank you, and Happy Fall!

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