Use the following wood pellet storage tips in order to have the most enjoyable experience on your Pit Boss Pellet Grill. You will learn easy tips on how to make your pellets stay fresh and last as long as possible and learn what to look for when your pellets go bad or stale. Implementing these tips can not only help you preserve your pellets, but also prevent some minor annoyances from using stale pellets such as your auger jamming or your food not having that delicious, smoky flavor you’ve come to expect from your Pit Boss.
The following are what to do and what NOT to do when storing wood pellets.
Moisture is wood’s worst enemy and wood pellets are no different. Dampness can affect the burn quality of wood, which affects the amount of smoke the pellets can produce. And if you’re smoking, this can be a disaster. Damp pellets can also throw off temperature or just not ignite at all, so it’s best to store your pellets indoors or in a dry area where they can’t be affected by moist air.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving unused pellets in your hopper can cause them to rot since they will be exposed to the elements of your outdoor environment. Most Pit Boss Grills have a hopper clean-out feature which allows for easy cleaning and swapping pellet flavors. Emptying your hopper after each cook and storing the leftover pellets in a secure device like sealed bucket can ensure your pellets last as long as possible. It can also help prevent your auger from jamming.
It is also extremely important to perform a “burnoff” after each cook to clear your Pit Boss auger as well. Performing a burnoff is simple.
Hopper cleanout from a Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill
Hopper cleanout from a Pit Boss Vertical Smoker
If you read this article and think it may be time to order new pellets and start storing them the right way, visit our fuel shop where you can choose from a variety of our high-quality hardwood pellets.