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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DIY: How to Make a Wood Pallet Bottle Opener

Wood Pallet Bottle Opener with Mason JarDo you have wood pallets leftover from a delivery? Don’t be so quick to get rid of them, because there are a variety of ways to reuse wood pallets!

See >> 9 Wood Pallet Projects to Try 

Our most recent pallet DIY project is a wall-mounted bottle opener. It doesn’t take a lot of time or materials, and it’s a great gift idea! Take a look at our video tutorial below to see how it’s done.

Depending on how you’d like to install your new bottle opener, there’s one quick final step. You can pre-drill holes to make wall-installation easier, or simply add strong magnets to the back to affix your project on a refrigerator.

Wood pallets can be handy to use as-is, too. If you had a bulk wood pellet delivery, and the pallets of fuel weren’t placed inside the garage with a pallet jack, you might consider re-stacking the wood pellet bags inside. If your space allows it, it’s a good idea to reuse the wood pallets to raise the newly re-stacked bags from the floor, protecting them from potential leaks/flooding.

See >> Best Practices for Wood Pellet Storage

Do you have any wood pallet DIY ideas? Let us know on Facebook!

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! 

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Just Throw Out Water Damaged Wood Pellets

Woodpellets.comAs you probably know, wood pellets turn to sawdust when water is applied, because they absorb moisture immediately and return to the original state of clean wood fiber. Did you have some packaging damage that let in some snow or rain – and now you have leftover sawdust? Don’t throw it out, because you can put it to good use! Here are some of the ways wood pellets can come in handy – aside from heating.

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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!

Helpful Customer Ideas for Repurposing Wooden Pallets

Whether you order in increments of 50 wood pellet bags (1 ton) or 75 bags (1.5 tons) – they will be delivered on wooden pallets. Recently, we asked our customers to submit photos to our
Facebook page of how they reuse their pallets and wood pellet bags for a chance to win a free Woodpellets.com delivery voucher. Check out our favorites below!

Long Outdoor Table: Todd, a Woodpellets.com customer from New York, explained: “We needed a table for a get together. Rather than buying more wood, I used left over studs for the frame, and pallet wood around it.”

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How to Make Fire-Starters from Wood Pellet Fiber

As you might know, wood pellets turn to sawdust when water is applied, because they absorb moisture immediately. Did you have a damaged bag that let in some snow or rain? Did you use your wood pellets as ice melt, and now you have a bunch of clean leftover sawdust? Put it to good use!

The video above shows how to turn the natural fibers that make up wood pellets into fire-starters for your firepit or fireplace! (NOT your pellet stove!) You only need a few things for this project, and not much time.

What You’ll Need:

  • Softwood Wood Pellets
  • Empty Paper Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Wax Candles or Flakes

First, spread your sawdust out on a paper towel to let them dry out completely. While that’s happening, set up a double boiler system to melt your flaked wax, or to get the leftover wax melted from old candles. Be sure to take caution! See the video below for instructions on how to do this.

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