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Old 11-01-2020, 08:55 PM   #1
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Has anyone used silica packets to reduce moisture in 5 gal pellet storage buckets?

Something like - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

All experiences, thoughts or other suggestions welcome.

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Old 11-01-2020, 09:04 PM   #2
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Nope, I just seal up the bucket
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I've never had a problem. I can usually fit an entire 20lb. bag into the FEC. Still have about a quarter of the hopper full from the hot, humid summer. Humidity won't hurt them, just don't get them wet. Never had any pellet-crete.
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:34 AM   #4
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I just put my pellets in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. No problem. I live in a pretty humid place. Florida. Never tried the silica packets.
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I just keep mine in the bags and use 17” long gripstic handles to seal the bags. Works great for our dog food bags too! They are like the small potato chip bag version that QVC sells but are made for bigger thicker bags. Here is a link. https://www.gripstic.com/collections...vy-duty-handle

I also keep my pellet bags in a high and dry place and haven’t had any moisture problems. The longest I keep bags is a year or so.

I just started a separate thread on these after posting this reply.

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Nope, I just seal up the bucket
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I've never had a problem. I can usually fit an entire 20lb. bag into the FEC. Still have about a quarter of the hopper full from the hot, humid summer. Humidity won't hurt them, just don't get them wet. Never had any pellet-crete.
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I just put my pellets in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. No problem. I live in a pretty humid place. Florida. Never tried the silica packets.
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I just keep mine in the bags and use 17” long gripstic handles to seal the bags. Works great for our dog food bags too! They are like the small potato chip bag version that QVC sells but are made for bigger thicker bags. Here is a link. https://www.gripstic.com/collections...vy-duty-handle

I also keep my pellet bags in a high and dry place and haven’t had any moisture problems. The longest I keep bags is a year or so.

I just started a separate thread on these after posting this reply.

Thanks guys. Looks like most are finding a sealed 5 gal bucket to be good enuf. That's what I've been doing. Maybe I just needed confirmation from the Brethren.

Still open for other ideas issues. Not to beat a dead horse, but I can't see a downside to the silica packets; can y'all?
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I treat it like our birdseed, store it in a new metal garbage can
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I treat it like our birdseed, store it in a new metal garbage can
This is what I do, never had an issue
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I use 4-gallon square buckets with gasketed lids. It's for transport more than storage. A 4-gallon bucket holds 20# of pellets with room to spare.

At one point I was going to put all my pellets into 4 gallon square buckets and use a large silica packet in each one. Ended up not needing either one really, but I had already started buying buckets. I think I have 20 or so of them now. I have 103 20# bags of pellets still in their bags and 17 empty buckets. Where are you storing them?
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I use 4-gallon square buckets with gasketed lids. It's for transport more than storage. A 4-gallon bucket holds 20# of pellets with room to spare.

At one point I was going to put all my pellets into 4 gallon square buckets and use a large silica packet in each one. Ended up not needing either one really, but I had already started buying buckets. I think I have 20 or so of them now. I have 103 20# bags of pellets still in their bags and 17 empty buckets. Where are you storing them?
I store mine in a storage building beside my house. Its separated by a concrete walk it shares a roof with the house. Its cooled in the sumner, but only ocassinally heated in the winter. It is insulated, so I *think* its pretty good.
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I store mine in a storage building beside my house. Its separated by a concrete walk it shares a roof with the house. Its cooled in the sumner, but only ocassinally heated in the winter. It is insulated, so I *think* its pretty good.
Yeah, just make sure you don't let the bags lay on concrete. I leave mine on a wooden pallet, open a bag and pour part in the hopper. Let the open bag lay on top of all the others until it's time to use some more out of it. Never had any problems and I use to order a ton at a time, might take 3years to use them all up.
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Old 11-02-2020, 08:33 PM   #12
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Silica packs are expensive. And you would be changing them out a lot as they expire quickly. I use them for snack sticks and jerky.



I would suggest using a 1 Qt or 2 Qt microwave safe container and microwave your pellets before using if you think they absorbed too much moisture. Its quick, cheap, and works very well.


Other then that, just use air tight bins and keep them off the ground.
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Old 11-03-2020, 06:52 AM   #13
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I bought 10 bags last year and layed them on concrete in my carport, 1 end and 1 side are covered so the rain stays out of 90% of it, never had the first issue with any pellets , a bucket or a garbage can for a lid would work fine imo
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