Customer Tip: How to Quickly Move Wood Pellet Bags into the Basement

Wood Pellet Bag Slide Idea

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!”

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Ohio Community Crowdfunds Wood Pellet Fuel for Animal Sanctuary

His Hands Extended SanctuaryAbout 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.

How to Mix and Match Your Order to Burn Wood Pellets Strategically

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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!

Woodpellets.com Wood Pellet Burn Strategy ExampleWhy 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.

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Ideas for Your Leftover Pellet Bags and Wood Pallets

Now that we’re in the final months of the 2017-18 heating season, you might have a pile of empty wood pellet bags and wood pallets around. Do you have pellets set aside that were damaged by water? Here’s why you shouldn’t just throw out water damaged wood pellets.

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:

How to Make a Pallet Tarp Out of Wood Pellet Bags
How to Make a Pallet Tarp Out of Wood Pellet Bags

How to Make a Water Blob Out of Empty Pellet Bags

DIY Empty Wood Pellet Bag Jump Rope

Helpful Customer Ideas for Repurposing Wood Pallets
Helpful Customer Ideas for Repurposing Wooden Pallets

How to Make a Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

9 Wood Pallet Repurposing Projects to Try

Make DIY Goody Bags Using Empty Wood Pellet Bags
How to Make DIY Goody Bags Using Empty Wood Pellet Bags

How to Make an Empty Wood Pellet Bag into a Kite

Video: Easy DIY Wood Pallet Shelf

How to Spook Up Your Halloween Decor with Wood Pallets
How to Spook Up Your Decor Using Wood Pallets

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! 

$50 for Every Referral!

Woodpellets.com Referral Program

Only through December 15th, you can get DOUBLE the Pelletbucks for you and the person you refer to Woodpellets.com!* For each successful referral, you will get $50 added to your account, and your friend will get $50 off their first order if it’s placed by December 15th!*

Once your friend’s first order is delivered, you will automatically be credited $50 for your next order. So, if you’re happy with our service, our products and our convenient delivery…share the pellet love!


Click Here for a Printable Sheet of Referral Cards! 

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Stove Show-Off Photo Challenge: Win a $60 Value Set of Pellet Fire Logs!

Enter to Win a Free “Re-Usable Firewood” Set by Repose Fire Logs!

Fire Log Set
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!

How to Enter: “Like” our Facebook page, and submit your photo HERE. You can also tweet your photo to @woodpelletscom on Twitter If you don’t have either social network, please email your entry to sales@woodpellets.com!

We’ll gather up all the entries through October 20th and randomly select the winner of a FREE set of Wood Pellet Fire Logs!

 Speaking of the fast-approaching heating season…are you ready? Order your wood pellets online or call 1-800-735-5387 to speak to an expert!

 

No purchase necessary. One entry per household. Winning photo submission will be chosen at random and announced on 10/20/17. Entry constitutes permission for Woodpellets.com to use photo for marketing purposes. Woodpellets.com is not responsible for fire log returns, exchanges, refunds, or delivery issues. Prize cannot be substituted for cash or Woodpellets.com credit.

Home Brew Bottle Holder Made from a Wood Pallet

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:

Wood Pallet Bottle Holder

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!

Mix and Match Your Wood Pellet and Wood Bricks Purchase!

Although we rolled out our improved online shopping cart a couple of years ago, we’re still getting surprised reactions from customers about it. Did you know that you can select multiple products to add to your purchase when ordering from Woodpellets.com, both by phone and online? If you’re speaking to one of our experts by phone, just ask him or her about adding another type of fuel to your order.

Woodpellets.com Shopping CartIf you’re shopping online, simply select your desired 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. This will bring you 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.

Why is this mix and match by the ton option important? Well, you might want to set up a
strategic burning strategy for the next heating season. If you have been burning hardwood pellets, you might be curious about upgrading to softwood. Or, you might want to try something new. Perhaps you already burn softwood pellets, but you’re thinking about burning a softwood with a higher heat output during those extra cold months. Comparing your burning and heating experience with different types of wood pellets will help take care of those pellet curiosities.

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Softwood Wood Pellets as Ice Melt

100% natural wood fiber to make ice melt a bit quicker and to provide tractionWe recently heard from a customer that he had run out of ice melt, but didn’t have anything to put down for traction on ice that had accumulated on his walkway overnight. He said his wife thought of throwing down some Cleanfire Pacific wood pellets on the snowy/icy area – and they were pleased with the outcome!

Of course, results and timing will vary based on the situation. But we think the idea of using a 100% natural wood fiber to make ice melt a bit quicker and to provide traction is great!

We decided to make a timelapse of wood pellets on ice to see what would happen. Here’s a sped-up close look of wood pellets soaking up moisture for about 20 minutes.

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