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How to Store Wood Pellets

Keeping Your Pellets Happy Will Keep Your Grill Happy


Did you know most of your grill issues can be attributed to old pellets and pellets exposed to moisture? Bad pellets can result in any of the following:

  • Auger jams
  • Inability to ignite or taking to long to ignite
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Grill fires

The number one enemy for pellets is moisture -- this can be from direct exposure like sitting outside in the rain or even just sitting in your garage if you live in a humid climates. Because our pellets are 100% natural and don’t have artificial fillers, moisture expands the wood and ultimately breaks it down completely, making them difficult to ignite and maintain your grill's temperature.

Remember: if you don't keep ‘em dry, you can kiss your dreams of having a burning hot grill goodbye.

Proper Pellet Storage

So how can we prevent pellets getting exposed to moisture? Proper pellet storage is key.

To store pellets properly, always keep your pellets indoors in a dry, airtight container.

If you live in a humid climate, you should also keep any bag of pellets, new or opened, out of the garage. Many customers have had to throw away new, unopened bags because the humidity in their garage get to their pellets and rendered them unusable.

How to Tell if Wood Pellets Are Bad

A good wood pellet should be shiny and snap if you break it in half.

No shine or snap? You might be in trouble. Watch out for dull and damp pellets that have crumbled as well. These aren’t doing your grill any favors. If your hardwood has a nice shine and you can hear that snap, you’ll be good to get your smoke on.

"If it doesn't snap, it's crap."

How to Store Wood Pellets

How and where you store your pellets is key for taking care of your wood. Follow our guide below and never worry about finding crumbly dust in your bag ever again.

1. Store pellets inside a dry area free from flooding, humidity, and mold. A garage or shed works best.

2. Do not leave the pellets in the bags they come in.

3. Grab one of our trusty pellet storage bins. Our pellet lid is airtight and doesn’t allow moisture to get in. You can also use a Rubbermaid tote.

  • It's weather resistant.
  • Allows for an easy pour.
  • Has a filter that strains sawdust.
  • 20 lb capacity.

Note: Do not use zip bags. They're not actually airtight.

Wood is the fuel for our fire and we want to make sure you take proper care of your fuel for your smoke sessions. Nothing beats the taste of wood-fired food, check out our flavor guide and find your perfect match.

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