How to store the pellets

How to store the pellets

How to store the pellets: instructions to prevent the humidity in the home from ruining your supply ofpellets. Awet pelletsit burns harder and releases less heat energy than a dry pellet, which is why it is important to understand the rules of goodstorage of pellets.

When we stock up onbiomasswe are careful to choose aquality pellets, maybe we read the certifications and we document ourselves on factors such as the quantity of ash produced, the presence of solvents, the thermal power in terms of calories produced…. All factors that are closely related tohumidity. There is no certification that holds: if thepelletsit is stored incorrectly and becomeshumid, all the characteristics guaranteed by the manufacturer no longer have any meaning. The producer, in fact, can guarantee a certain quality only if the pellet is well maintained and stored correctly in all its phases of the life cycle, from the warehouse to the consumer's closet.

There is no more wrong place than a damp closet or a cellar for store the pellets! In these places, the storage of pellets must follow specific rules in order to protect the biomass from humidity.

Wet pellets

Thepelletsit is made upsuper-condensed wood particlesmore or less valuable. The burning of thepelletsmanages to generate heat only in poor conditionshumidity.

Water / humidity tends toexpandthe pellet cylinders nullifying the role oflignin, that natural material that compacts the wood particles. Puttingout of actionlignin, the cylinders ofwet pelletsbecome almostsawdust. Thewet pelletsit should no longer be used in onepellet stove. It would produce too much waste ash without giving off the desired amount of heat.

Even if the humidity is minimal and does not lead to flaking of the pellet cylinders, it does not mean that it is harmless! A minimal amount of moisture can significantly lower the amount of heat produced when burning wet pellets. Why? Because during combustion, part of the heat is wasted in evaporating the water ... plus thepelletsSarahumidand more energy will be wasted and therefore less energy will be available for home heating.

We cannot advise you tobuy small quantities of pelletsbecause who has onepellet stovehe knows very well that the greatest savings (and the best quality / price ratio) can only be obtained by purchasing batches of a certain quantity of pellets. Hypothetically, if the dealer is close to home and allows you to buy a batch of pellets and keep the storage in the warehouse, in a controlled environment, embrace the hypothesis!

When buying pellets, take into account the space available for storage.

The main problem that can damage the quality of the pellets is thehumidity. Therefore, for pellet storage choose a dry, ventilated and well sheltered environment.

THEpelletsthey are packaged in heat-sealed plastic bags. You can store the pellets in the garage, in the garage or even in the closet if this does not have mold problems. In storage of pellets consider the following tips:

1). Avoid placing bags of pellets on the floor
Try to lift the bags. Use pallets (pallets) resting on top of each other to create a raised shelf.

2). Avoid placing bags of pellets against the wall
If the pellets are placed on the wall, separate the bags of pellets from the wall by placing a thick polystyrene plate between the two objects. Polystyrene (commonly known as polystyrene) is bought in sheets of variable thickness and the price is just a few euros! Buy it in centers such as Brico, Bricocenter, Leroy Merlin ... Polystyrene is a good insulator and can protect your bags of pellets from humidity.

3). Before use
Rather than pass the pelletsfrom the cellar to the stove, devise an intermediate step. If you have the opportunity, near the stove, organize yourself with a large wooden trunk or a chest to pour the contents of several bags of pellets. In this way, the pellets will have the opportunity to release some of thehumidityaccumulated arriving in the combustion chamber of the stove drier and heated.

4). The same rules apply to pellets to be stored during the summer and to be exploited during the following cold season.