How to Safely Re-Stack Wood Pellet Bags

Woodpellets.com Customer Re-Stacking Techniques

Many folks don’t have the space to keep their wood pellet fuel stacked on pallets as delivered. Although storing wood pellets outside is possible and very common, we’ve noticed our customers often have our delivery drivers place the skids near an entrance to the house for re-stacking inside.

Read >> How to Keep Wood Pellets Stored Safely Outside 

Read >> Customer Tip: How to Easily Move Pellet Bags into the Basement 

In order to demonstrate a bag stacking method within a small space, we placed 3 whole tons of wood pellets (150 bags) in a 6 foot wide space using a very simple hand-stacking technique, described below.

Hand Stacking Wood Pellet Bags in a Small Space

Each layer of bags will be reversed in formation, but will have the same layout of 5 bags vertical and 4 bags horizontal. If you plan out your layer configurations ahead of time, it’ll make the whole process easier.

The five vertical bags fit the six foot width, but the 4 horizontal bags will need a bit of adjusting. You can push these bags a little closer together to get them to lay at the same width as the vertical bags.

The next layer is the same formation – but with the five bags in front and the four in back. With each bag placement, make sure to smooth out each bag to make a flatter surface for the next layer.

Seventeen of these 9-bag layers, beside the top layer of 6, will make up the full 3 tons of pellets.

Regardless of how you’re stacking the bags within your space, be sure to maneuver the bags in your front row to build up more bulk. This bag molding method makes the front row a little taller, making the stack lean a bit towards the wall as you layer up. This will help prevent an unfortunate (and potentially dangerous) toppling of your bags.

See the photos below, provided to us by a customer with his warning of “Don’t shortcut” during your stacking.

Pellet Bag Re-Stacking

Are you ready for the heating season? If you’re looking for convenient delivery and premium wood pellets backed by a Quality Guarantee, give the experts a call at 1-800-PELLETS!

 

 

 

How to Troubleshoot Your Wood Pellet Stove

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.

The Problem Possible Cause Possible Solution
Poor burn quality Dirty stove Clean your stove according to your manufacturer’s recommendations, or schedule a professional stove cleaning and inspection.
Blackened glass Burning on ‘low’ Adjust heat setting to medium or medium/high.
Excessive clinkers Airflow leak Clean all vents, check and repair/replace all gaskets, adjust damper or airflow setting.
Trouble igniting Air-to-pellet ratio Adjust air-to-pellet ratio by increasing air flow.
Lazy or small flame Air-to-pellet ratio Adjust air-to-pellet ratio by increasing air flow and/or decreasing feed rate.
Low heat output Air-to-pellet ratio Adjust air-to-pellet ratio by increasing air flow and/or increasing feed rate.
Sparks flying / embers in the ash pot Air-to-pellet ratio Adjust air-to-pellet ratio by decreasing air flow and/or decreasing feed rate.
Whole, charred pellets left in the burn pot Air-to-pellet ratio Adjust air-to-pellet ratio by decreasing air flow and/or decreasing feed rate.
Auger jamming / stove shutting down Long pellets Drop bags on the floor – this can break long pellets into a manageable length.
Excessive ash build up / whole, charred pellets in burn pot Short pellets Reduce feed rate.

As you can see, many burn issues are directly related to your stove’s airflow. If you have reviewed your owner’s manual to make the proper settings adjustments, but you’re still experiencing problems…you might have a leak. Wood pellet stoves operate through a system of air intake and exhaust, and the exhaust fan sucks air out through the burn pot to cause combustion of the pellets. It’s important to inspect your venting setup to see if it’s properly sealed, but it’s more likely the leak is through your door gasket.

It’s simple to test the door seal efficiency with a dollar bill. While holding on to one end of the bill, insert the other side into the door, and shut it. Pull out the dollar while the door is still shut, and note the resistance. You shouldn’t be able to remove the bill without a good amount of resistance. Repeat this method all around your door to check the full effectiveness of your gasket.

If you ordered your wood pellets from Woodpellets.com and you find damage to the actual wood pellets – call 1-800-PELLETS within 30 days of delivery to speak with a Quality Assurance Representative.  All Woodpellets.com Quality Certified fuels are backed by a Physical Quality Guarantee, which is valid for 30 days after the delivery date.

Questions? Call 1-800-735-5387 to Speak to the Experts at Woodpellets.com!

 

 

New Wood Pellet Fire Pit Launches on Kickstarter

We’ve shown you how to use wood pellets in a fire pit, but there’s never been a fire pit created for burning wood pellets until now.

Designed by an innovative team at TIKI® to address what consumers don’t like about a typical outdoor fire session, this fire pit has been engineered to run on wood pellets. Since the main goal of this project was to find the easiest, cleanest way to enjoy an outdoor fire – using wood pellet fuel certainly makes sense.

The inventors claim that due to the airflow technology and wood pellet “pack” – getting the fire started is instant, the burn is clean and the whole experience is hassle-free.  Mass production hasn’t begun yet, but you can learn all about this invention on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.

What do you think? Would you want a wood pellet burning fire pit?

 

Yes, Your Wood Pellets Can Be Stored Outside (With a Few Extra Steps)

We hear this question a lot this time of year because it’s not always possible to store wood pellets inside. Many folks don’t have a garage or available dry space outdoors, but that’s okay. In order to properly store your wood pellets outside, you just have to take a few extra steps.

Read >> See How This Family Sends Their Pellet Bags to the Basement for Storage

Pellets Stored OutsideFirst, make sure to fully inspect your delivery as soon as possible. Your fuel is carefully wrapped and protected with a plastic shroud before it’s sent out to you. If you find any rips or holes in the plastic shrouding, be sure to close them with water-proof tape or additional layers of plastic. Is there extensive damage or any wet bags? If so, call 1-800-PELLETS right away to speak with a Quality Manager.

The next step is very important.  Securely fasten a sturdy tarp over your skids. This will protect your fuel from water, weather and any birds or small animals that may try to puncture the plastic to make a home. Make sure the tarp is well connected to the pallet to avoid losing it with wind gusts.

Read >> Keep Your Outdoor-Stored Pellets Dry with This Simple Trick

Helpful Tips for Outdoor Storage:

  • Always make sure your pellets are delivered to an area in your yard or driveway that is free from any water pooling or flooding.
  • Leave the shrouds the fuel arrived wrapped in on as long as possible.
  • Check on your unopened skids through the season to make sure everything is still secure.
  • Place a weighted object on top of the skid to keep the tarp in place.
  • Use a ball on top but underneath the tarp to prevent pooling.
  • Use empty milk jugs filled with sand or water tied to the tarp’s edges to help properly secure it.
  • During the winter months, keep a path shoveled around your skids to help prevent any water and/or ice damage.

Make sure you do everything you can to protect your pellets. But in the rare instance they arrive damaged, all of our Quality Certified fuels are backed by guarantee. We are here for you if you have any questions. 

Woodpellets.com Service in Maine via D&J Home & Hearth

 

Wood Pellet Delivery in Maine

In the early 1970’s, Romeo Jr. and Maggie Pimpare moved to Sanford Maine with their three young children and started a car repair business. The business eventually expanded into manufacturing custom made portable buildings, and when wood pellet stoves were added to the shop for sale in 1997, D&J Home & Hearth was born.

In 2015 Wayne, Wendy & Randy bought the thriving business from their parents. Today the company is a leading distributer of Harman, Ecochoice, Vermont Casting, DutchWest, Majestic pellet, wood, gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces.

In order to offer expert wood pellet customer service along with the convenience of ordering premium wood pellets online, D&J has recently partnered with Woodpellets.com.

Now any wood pellet stove owner within D&J Home & Hearth’s pellet delivery service area can now place an order through Woodpellets.com online or by calling 1-800-PELLETS.

Woodpellets.com is excited to partner with a family-run business that values customer service as much as we do!

Wood Pellets Gaining Popularity in the Equestrian World

Wood Pellets as Horse Bedding

Horse bedding is used in stalls to absorb urine and moisture, and is a necessary part of properly maintaining clean stalls. Ideal bedding material makes cleaning up messes easy, is easy to store, and is the least wasteful.

Straw and wood shavings are commonly used, but using softwood wood pellets as horse bedding is becoming popular among experienced horse and stable owners.

Pellet bedding is perfect for stables with tight space constraints, because storing wood pellets takes up significantly less space than other alternatives. One bag of wood pellets takes up only 1.5 cubic feet of space in storage, but expands after proper wetting to nearly 4 cubic feet of bedding.

Because wood pellets are made of densely compacted, kiln-dried wood fibers – they are twice as absorbent as shavings, and hold four times the odor elimination power!

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How to Stretch Out the Cost of Wood Pellet Fuel Over Several Months

Much like with any fuel purchase – buying your wood pellets or wood bricks for the heating season can be a significant expense. The Flex Savings Plan (FSP) was created to make saving up for that large order easier.

Enrolling in the FSP gives you the ability to save up over time with adjustable monthly deposits to your Woodpellets.com account. Once you decide you’re ready to order, all those deposits have added up to an account credit which will be applied to your fuel order.

 Flex Savings Plan Benefits

  • Custom Plans: Your monthly payment amount can be adjusted at any time, and you decide how long to participate!
  • Easy Budgeting: Spread out that large payment over months! Your accumulated credit will be applied to your next order. 
  • No Risks: This plan was designed to help our customers, but you might change your mind. Suspend or cancel at any time!

The Flex Savings Plan is still new and unique within the wood pellet market – so we understand you might have some questions. We have compiled the most common questions about the FSP below. Feel free to post your own questions in the comment section!

How does the Flex Savings Plan work?

The plan works by automatically making a monthly deposit using an electronic check or credit card into your credit account in any amount over $25 that you are comfortable with. Each deposit is added to your Woodpellets.com account as credit to use on your next purchase. When you are ready to order, your accumulated credit amount will be deducted from the order balance.

The only wood pellet budgeting program in the industry!Are there any fees or hidden costs?

The FSP is a free way to help you budget for your fuel purchase. Your payment amounts are decided by you, and there are no extra fees. Think of it like a Christmas Club savings account; but one you use for your wood pellet fuel instead of presents.

How long does the plan last?

You can participate for as many months as you wish! When you place your order, you can just let us know if you’d like to continue or not. If you discontinue your plan, you can sign back up again whenever you’re ready. At any point, you can decide to opt out of the Flex Savings Plan, too. You’ll be refunded all of your accrued credit, less a 5% transaction fee.

Do I have to save a certain amount before ordering?

No – it’s up to you how much you want to save up. Most enrollees design their plan to cover the entire fuel order cost – but that is not mandatory. The duration of your specific plan and your monthly amount is completely up to you! We just require payments of at least $25.

I want to enroll now – but I don’t know what type or how much fuel I’ll be ordering yet.

That’s okay – because when you sign up for the Flex Savings Plan, you are not placing an order. When a Woodpellets.com professional helps you start your plan – you’ll just choose your payment type, the day you’d like your first payment to go through, and the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Later, whether you’ve accumulated $100 or $1000 in account credit, you can place your order whenever you’re ready.

Can I place my order now and apply FSP payments to that order?

No, sorry. The Flex Savings Plan is for future orders only – and we are unable to apply future payments to current orders.

Is it too late to change my payment amount? 

As long as your amount is at least $25, you can change your amount at any point during your plan. We named this program the Flex Savings Plan for a reason…it’s flexible! Just call 1-800-735-5387 to speak to a Woodpellets.com professional. He or she can make adjustments for you, and answer any questions you might have.

 

How do I sign up?

Getting started is easy. Call 1-800-PELLETS to enroll now!

 

Please see more FAQs and Terms and Conditions, here.

Maximize Your Pellet Heat Efficiency and Budget with a 3 Ton Bundle

Are you a hardwood burner curious about the high heat and low ash of premium softwood pellets? Have you never experienced the exceptionally clean burn of pellets made with douglas fir wood fiber?

We created our 3-ton pellet bundles to help our customers be economical…and strategic! Heating your home through the season by matching the pellet heat output with the time of year will maximize efficiency.

The Savvy Saver includes two tons of the always reliable Cleanfire Hardwood and one ton of Cleanfire Pacific – a premium softwood pellet fuel and Woodpellets.com best seller.

The Power Pack best sellers bundle is a convenient option for jumpstarting your strategic wood pellet heating plan – perfect for anyone thinking about trying the “Cadillac of Wood Pellets”.

The Blazin’ Bundle includes one ton of Cleanfire Pacific – a Woodpellets.com best seller, and two tons of Hot Shots Douglas Fir – a super hot wood pellet with a fast-growing fan base.

Treat your beloved pellet stove to a season of clean, powerful heat! Choose the bundle that fits your needs AND choose the month you’d like delivery!

 

Questions? Call 1-800-PELLETS to Speak to an Expert!

 

 

*Product availability and pricing vary by region. No substitutions on bundles. Offers can’t be combined.*

Order Wood Pellets Early and Pick Your Delivery Month – or Wait and Pickup Yourself?

Do you typically pick up your wood pellet fuel? If so, have you really broken down the actual cost comparison of pick-up vs. delivery? Of course, coming home from work to see your wood pellets already neatly placed in your driveway is much more convenient, but it comes at a price.

Delivery or Pickup?Depending on where you live and where you buy your pellets, wood pellet and wood brick pick-up and delivery may be available as an option for you. If you are ordering from Woodpellets.com, the website or one of our Customer Service representatives will let you know your options depending on where you live.

Our customers will often ask if the delivery fee is worth it.  After years of experience walking through the pros and cons, Woodpellets.com team members have decided to put together a cost comparison formula:Delivery Vs Pickup Formula

Here are the following variables to keep in mind when crunching your own numbers:

  • Miles Roundtrip: This is the total distance traveled from your house to the pickup location and back.
  • Mileage Cost: Use the average miles/gallon you get in your vehicle, or calculate based on the IRS standard mileage rate for the year.
  • Cost per Hour: How much is your time worth? How might you be spending those hours if you weren’t busy picking up your fuel? Would you be earning money working? Spending time with your family? Getting house and yard work done? You might argue that your time is priceless. However, most people put some value on their time, so we typically use a $10 per hour example as the value of otherwise free time. 
  • Hours Spent: This is based on how far away you live from the pickup location, and loading/unloading time there and at home.
  • Ton(s) Loaded Per Trip: Most vehicles equipped for this task can carry between a half ton and one ton. Determine how much yours can take per trip.
  • Tons Used Annually On Average: Three to four tons is the most typical order size for Woodpellets.com customers. How much do you burn each heating season?

Another way to look at a delivery fee is by breaking down the added cost per bag – instead of on your order total:

If you divide a delivery charge of $59 across a standard order size of 3 tons…that’s only an added 39 cents per bag!

As always, if you have any questions…give us a call at 1-800-PELLETS! We are happy to assist you.

 

A Hard Look at the Current State of the Wood Pellet Industry

As a company in the business of selling wood pellets year round – we are always watching supply/demand fluctuations through the seasons. While it’s scary to think of another wood pellet shortage, it’s impossible to ignore the increasingly tight supply of pellets at the moment.

While demand continued to rise through the 2018-19′ heating season due to increased pellet stove sales and high oil prices, the supply took some serious hits leaving the pellet market in a delicate, vulnerable state.

Aside from the fairly recent series of catastrophic mill fires that crippled production, inventory building has been seriously hindered by weather. Last year’s winter stretched far into spring, which depleted much of the inventory normally built up over the summer. Plus, the extremely wet fall months and bitterly cold November led to historically low levels of raw material and finished product.

While we want to avoid causing a panic – we also want to be honest with our customers about what we’re seeing. For those who remember the winter of 2014, pellet shortages can occur very quickly and without much warning. However, right now the warning signs are glaring. For example, most mills currently have about 20 percent of the inventory as they had last year at this time – and even last year was tight.

In order to stay shortage-proof and avoid inevitable price increases, we strongly recommend you secure your pellet fuel for the next heating season now if you’re able…or at least well in advance.

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