How to store 3 tons pellets in your garage – no problem!

3 Tons Stacked and Ready to Go

Having recently purchased a new pellet stove, I quickly found myself facing an issue that just about all pellet stove owners face – where the heck do you store all those bags of pellets?

Some store them outdoors – which if fine if you provide them a little extra protection. The plastic outer shrouding can definitely withstand a season outdoors.  But who wants to trek through snow and ice to get a bag of pellets? I would rather be able to grab them in my socks.

Basements are also popular storage areas. But mine is so full of junk… I mean special keepsakes that my wife could never part with…that I literally have no room for three tons of pellets.

So I decided to make my garage work.

But like most garages, mine was already fully packed with stuff – bikes, mowers, tools, toys – and two large cars to boot. So my first step was a little exercise in organization followed by a couple trips to the dump. I know some folks simply have the skids delivered right into the garage using a pallet jack (which woodpellets.com offers in many areas). But the dimensions of the skids would have meant that they would have stuck out into the garage more than I liked.

My chosen spot was the back wall – which left me about six feet of space to work with. And with 3 tons of premium softwood LG Granules sitting in my driveway, I needed to plan this a little cautiously in order to get them to all to fit into this tight space.

I started by laying out the bags in this formation (against the back wall). I did put down a sheet of cardboard in case water was spilled nearby. But I didn’t want to use anything taller for fear that my pile would be too high to reach.

First Layer of Pellets

The five bags in the top of the picture fit my width requirements perfectly – six feet. But the bottom 4 bags needed a little bit of finessing to get them laid out right. What I did was push them a little closer together to get them to fit into the same width.

Next, I did the same exact thing on the second layer – but in reverse. The five bags where in front, and the four in the back.

I also made sure that my base was very flat and stable. I physically smoothed out each bag to give it a more flat surface on which to stack the next layer.

In addition, I molded the bags a bit to give the bags in the front a little more bulk. Because I have young children, the last thing I wanted was for this heavy pile to fall into the garage. By building the front row a little higher (bulkier), I was able to get the stack to lean a bit towards the wall – and eliminate any concerns for safety.

Then once the first couple layers were in place, I was able to enlist my small army of helpers to carry the bags in and let me quickly build additional layers. At one point I grabbed a small step ladder to finish the top layers. And in about 40 minutes we had finished the entire job of stacking the pelles.

It took 17 layers with 9 bags in each layer (except for the top layer which only had 6 ) for a total of 150 bags (three whole tons). And as you can see, we did it in approximately the same space occupied by two home depot shelves.

And in addition to having them neatly stacked and out of the way, I still have some storage space on top of the pile! Tell us how you store your pellets!

My Helpers

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: