One ton of wood pellets

I’ve mentioned that an unexpected side effect of having lots of thermal mass in winter is that you really can’t afford to let it all get cold. So D&L burn their pellet stove 24/7 for almost six months in the year. That means we’re already behind schedule in stocking them up.


And the plan involves really stocking up since Neighbor D is due for a knee replacement, I think later this month. He won’t be up to schlepping big sacks of stuff for a while. And of course L never is, weighing as she does about as much as a hummingbird.

I can’t believe how much of this stuff they go through; that’s not two months’ supply. Don’t even want to know what it costs.


“You work cheap, Joel.”

Yeah, if you only knew…


I haven’t really started woodcutting yet; I did this much just to see what needed tweaking/repairing in my chainsaw and sawbuck.


I much prefer pallet wood and old lumber, but this hasn’t been a good year for that. Half an hour’s work increased my pallet supply by 50%, enough that I think it’s worth dragging out the sawzall and generator to cut them up.

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4 Responses to One ton of wood pellets

  1. Anonymous says:

    That cut up brush/driftwood won’t make a pretty stack.

  2. Elbert says:

    I count 54 bags of pellets; at 50 lbs/per, that’s 2200 lbs that looks like it’s sitting on a wood plank floor. What;s supporting that floor?

    And, as for quantity, is there not a supplier within driving distance who sells pellets in bulk? Some years back (and in a different, colder state) a neighbor who heated with pellets constructed an enclosed trailer that held about 4,000 lbs of the stuff, and a garage-type structure to keep the trailer in. Would something like that not work in this case?

  3. Joel says:

    It’s not a plank floor, it’s just planks laid on a paver-over-cob floor. And I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a way to buy pellets by the binful, but I don’t know and they don’t want to. Bags are convenient for use, and they’re really picky about quality: apparently cheap pellets have a lot of crumbles and dust that screw up pellet stoves.

  4. Jean says:

    Someone told me recently, that if you strip the bark off juniper, it burns better. This winter I think we may be experimenting with this theory/rumor.

To the stake with the heretic!