Don’t: Leave your pellets in the original bag it came in
Even if you are storing your pellets indoors, there can still be moisture in the air, so it’s best to buy a 5 gallon bucket with a sealable lid and store your pellets in there. This will ensure the pellets are being kept in a cool, dry area and prolong their freshness.
Do: Examine and test a few pellets before loading them into the hopper
Examination and testing are super easy. Are the pellets nice and shiny? Do the pellets “snap” when you break them in half? If you’re answer is yes to both then your pellets are still nice and fresh and should be good to go. If not, it may be time to consider replacing them for some new pellets.
Don’t: Store them near heat or flames
Wood pellets are extremely flammable and should be used and stored with caution. If you are storing your pellets in a garage, be sure it is away from areas that can be exposed to high heat such as your cars or the water heater. Even if you bought new pellets and still have them sealed in a bag, they can still ignite if exposed to extreme heat or a flame.