Put your back brace on, Joel, put your back brace on…

Got the text from D&L right on schedule, and while they wended their way through drying mud with a ton of wood pellets in their truck bed I came down through the wash and unlocked their gate.

Before:

Pellets are a popular heating fuel around here but not so much in the boonies, for fairly obvious reasons. And D&L’s huge earthbag-and-strawbale extravaganza uses a lot of them, so they have to buy’em by the pallet-load.

After!

And I’m richer by a pallet. Pellets, pallets, whatever. Waste not, want not. 🙂

You heat your house in your way, and I’ll heat mine in my way.

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7 Responses to Put your back brace on, Joel, put your back brace on…

  1. Kentucky says:

    Rather poetic that you heat your place with pellet pallets.

    Well . . . sorta alliterative, anyway . . .

    🙂

  2. Beans says:

    Just curious, any insect attacks on their straw and dirt home yet?

  3. Norman says:

    I’m assuming those are standard 40 lb bags; I may have asked this before, but is there a local, or not-too-difficult-to-get-to source of pellets in bulk, or is pallets of bags as truck freight the only source? Many years ago I knew someone with a pellet stove dependency who was able to procure them by the multi-ton in bulk via a large dumpster-like bin on a 2-axle car trailer. Almost cheap enough that way to be tempting, all that was missing was some automated, or at least mechanical, way of transferring them from the bin to the stove without employing shovel and bucket.

    (If my counting is correct, the before / after pictures delta is 48 bags, so I’m assuming a single ~2000 lb pallet? At 8400 BTU/lb, 336K per 40 lb bag; how many bags, or fractions thereof, do they consume daily? )

  4. Joel says:

    …is there a local, or not-too-difficult-to-get-to source of pellets in bulk, or is pallets of bags as truck freight the only source?

    To the best of my knowledge the only regular local source is the food store which sells individual bags. My neighbors order it by the pallet from the local feed store, which does not typically stock it. There’s a pellet plant in the big town about 50 miles away and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s possible to get pellets in bulk from there but I don’t know; my neighbors have always bought it bagged and they’re picky about brand because it turns out there’s quite a difference in dust and chip content which can have an effect on how well the stove auger and burner work – so they won’t use the “local” brand.

    As to their daily usage I don’t have detailed information but it maxes out at approximately 40 lb/day. But they’re heating a huge area and keep it quite warm 24/7 because if they let all that thermal mass (earthbag interior walls) get cold they won’t warm it up again till summer.

  5. Mike says:

    Glad to see that you’re proactive reguarding your back Joel. As for heating, like everything else in life, to each his own.

  6. Spud says:

    Ha ha, we heat by living in Fladuh…

To the stake with the heretic!