If you’ve received a pellet fuel delivery, you may have wondered what you could do with the leftover wood pallets. Stephen B. of Massachusetts (a Woodpellets.com customer) showed us a few of his pallet projects:
“The first is a doggie tunnel I made to give clear passage for the dog in the winter. The outside has plastic sheeting from a pellet shipment. Skye is our dog. When the weather is poor the tunnel helps her to get out of the doggie door.”
“Here you see the pallet frame with the roof and porch framed. In the next photo I have the metal roof up and I’m getting ready for the siding. I used lots of other repurposed materials: old staircase from play system, telephone poles for supports, cedar fence panels, old doors.”
Clearly this structure is a large scale project. Stephen explains, “Been chipping away at the treehouse for a few seasons now. Free time is not too abundant.”
He also somehow found the time to create this handy bottle opener to hang on the wall. As if we weren’t already impressed, he tells there’s a pellet bin project in the works too. Stay tuned for an update on that!
The demand for wood pellets made from douglas fir wood fiber has been increasing in recent years, regardless of the higher price tag. These pellets have a significantly low ash content and a super hot heat output, making for an impressive burn experience.
Pellets with a lower heat output are typically less expensive, while the ultra premium douglas fir wood pellets are far pricier. Many of our customers have been ordering multiple types of pellets for the heating season to coincide with the weather (saving the douglas fir wood pellets for the coldest parts of winter) which is a growing trend we refer to as “burning strategically”.
We love how inventive our customers are! Steve of Massachusetts explained,
“I store my pellets in my basement and for a couple years, me and my family would carry 2-3 tons from the driveway, through the kitchen and down the cellar stairs and pile them on pallets. Then I had an idea. I built a slide on the stairs made of 2X4’s and aluminum flashing. We now do 3 tons in under an hour. Two carry and slide them down the stairs and one in the basement stacking!”
About 50 miles west of Columbus Ohio, the His Hands Extended Sanctuary in St. Paris provides medical care, food, and shelter to homeless pets that would otherwise be forgotten. The organization notes that what’s also very importantly provided is “lots of love – to begin the rebuilding of shattered lives.” His Hands Sanctuary not only facilitates the adoption of these animals into loving families, but also provides a comfortable lifelong home for those not adopted.
A simple post on the rescue’s Facebook has sparked a touching series of donations…and a new way to manage their fuel delivery. With many buildings for the dogs and cats who live there, the sanctuary relies on multiple wood pellet stoves for heat. The post explained how the sanctuary uses wood pellets to keep the animals warm, and that “any help with this huge expense will be wonderful”. They asked for any willing donors to call Woodpellets.com to contribute directly to the pellet fund. It wasn’t long before the sanctuary had four donated tons in their account.
In the past, volunteers have donated their time and effort to hauling in pallets of wood pellets in multiple trips from a box store. The whole team was so touched by this example of community giving, Woodpellets.com will deliver all future His Hands Extended Sanctuary wood pellet orders for free.
If you’d like to learn more about this organization, you can visit their Facebook page here.
Did you know that you can select multiple products to add to your Woodpellets.com shopping cart?
To “mix and match” your order, simply choose the first brand and the number of tons you’d like from your zip code’s gallery. Once it’s added to your cart, select the Continue Shopping button that will appear on a pop-up box. You’ll be directed back to the gallery, where you can select another type of fuel. Continue this until you’re ready to view your cart, make any changes, select your delivery type and check out.
>> Bonus: For a limited time, you can choose your delivery month too! Take care of your pellet fuel order now to lock in current pricing, but you tell us when you’d like us to deliver by selecting your desired month from the dropdown menu!
Why did we add the mix and match feature? Over the years, we have noticed a growing trend of burning pellets with a higher heat output during the coldest months of the heating season, and burning pellets with a lesser heat output (and a typically lower price tag) in the early season and late season months.
Not only are there significant heat output differences between hardwood and softwood wood pellets – but the ash content is much different as well. Hardwood pellets tend to produce more ash than softwood pellets – which makes for more cleaning and upkeep. Therefore, this burning strategy is also a perfect opportunity to learn which kind of pellets are the best fit for your home heating needs, your budget, and the amount of ash cleanup you’re willing to deal with.
As for the empty bags – if you’d like to try and recycle them, check with your local transfer station to see what the protocol is. The wood pallets your fuel was delivered on could be handy to keep around for re-stacking pellets later, because the bags should never be placed directly on the floor in your storage area. But what if you wanted to “upcycle”, and reuse empty bags and pallets for something new?
Upcycling is the conversion of useless products back into something of value. It’s a great way to be both environmentally friendly and budget conscious. We’ve tested out many DIY projects, and gotten some great ideas from our customers. Here are some of our upcycling posts:
Clearly there are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away. All you need is a little creativity, some time and (sometimes) a few tools.Do you have any ideas to share? Let us know on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page!
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With the heating season gearing up, and with “Hearth-oween” around the corner…it’s the perfect time to show off your stove! Send us a photo of your wood stove, pellet stove (or both) and tell us about it. What brand is it? What do you like about it? We want to know!
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We love how creative our customers are. Have you seen our recent blog showing off some of their ideas on how to reuse wood pallets? Check out this project submitted by Kevin, of Massachusetts:
He explains, “I’ve been a home-brewer for more than 30 years. We all have cases for 12 oz bottles, but not for the larger ones that come in a variety of shapes. It was very labor intensive but worth it to make my own cases that hold 8 big bottles each. These two stack on top of each other. Each case will turn out a little different from the last because or the varying dimensions of the pallet wood.”
Do you have any pallet reuse projects you’d like to share? We invite you to post them to our Facebook community!