Pellet storage options

A year's supply of wood pellets for a detached house only occupies an area of approx. 4 m². As well as the space savings, storage of the little wood pressings also offers many other benefits:


Storage tank

The storage tank is quick and easy to install, cost-effective and dust-tight. Furthermore, the fabric is permeable to air, which makes the tank the perfect storage option for pellets. If it is protected from sun and rain, it can even be sited outside the building. Moreover, innovative storage tanks have 60 percent more storage capacity for the same space requirement.

Pellets are delivered by tanker, from which the pellets are blown into the storage room or tank by compressed air. In contrast to oil, pellets cause no unpleasant smells and are stored cleanly with accustomed convenience.


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Pellet storage room

In the case of a separate pellet storage room, a smooth sloping floor with a minimum inclination of 45 degrees must always be installed. If no sloping floor is provided, the inclination is too shallow or the surface too rough, then pellets can become stuck. Not only the pellets themselves need to be high quality, but also the equipment and design of the storage room. The walls, floor and ceiling of the store must therefore be absolutely dry, as otherwise the wood pellets could swell up and fall apart.


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The optimal storage of the pellets depends on your spatial conditions.

This means we have unrivalled know-how and an unsurpassed range of solutions for adapting cellars and other rooms for pellet storage.


We can provide advice on every aspect of storage, from the correct amount of space for your system through to all-inclusive solutions with bespoke floor plans and automated pellet transport to the boiler.

Information and tips for the planning of pellet heating systems with storage room

1. Storage with vacuum suction system

Pellet storage and heating boiler up to 20 meters away.



2. Location of the wood pellet storage and the boiler room


Pellets are delivered by tanker truck and are blown into the storage room or the FlexiTank. The truck's pumping hose is max. 30 m length, so the filler coupling must be no more than 30m from the drive, parking space or road.

If possible, the FlexiTank room should border at least one exterior wall, since the filler coupling must be accessible from the outside. Where this is not possible, ventilation and filling pipes must be routed to a filler coupling on the outside of the building. (Attention - in some countries fire regulations must be observed).

The boiler room should also have at least one exterior wall in order to allow direct ventilation. For boiler rooms which do not border an exterior wall, a ventilation pipe (at least 200 cm²) must be routed to an exterior wall.

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Dry indoor conditions are a prerequisite, since the pellets would swell and became useless in contact with damp walls. In damply areas, we recommend to use our Flexilo textile silo.

Electrical requirements:

No light switches, electrical outlets, light bulbs and distribution boxes, etc. are allowed in the pellet storage room.


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Basically, the wood pellet storage room should be elongated rectangular, with a room width - if possible - no more than 2.0 m:

i.e. W: 2 m x 3 m or 1,8 m x 3,2 m etc.

The narrower the room, the less unused empty space. The size of the required storage room depends on the building heat demand. The following rule of thumb may be applied:

per 1 kW heating load = 0,9 m³ Storage room (including unused empty space)

For example:

One family house with a heat load of 10 kW = 4.000 kg wood pellet annual requirement



Perimeter walls:

The surrounding walls and the ceiling of the pellet storage room and the boiler room should correspond to fire resistance class F 90. The enclosure walls must withstand the static requirements of the weight load of the pellets (weight load 650 kg/m³ aprox.). The storage room walls and their anchorage in the surrounding brick wall should be properly and professionally designed according to the rules of practice. Ceilings and walls are to be designed such that it does not come, through abrasion or delamination, to a contamination of the pellets.


As with all other heating systems, the boiler room and the storage room doors must be fired proof (at least T 30). They must open outwards and fitted with a seal.
The pellet storage room door shall be provided -inside of the door opening- with wooden planks, so that the pellets do not press against the door.


Sloping floor:

In order to empty the pellet storage room, it is necessary to install an sloping floor in the storage room. ÖkoFEN offer angle brackets to facilitate the construction of the sloping floor structure.

Filler coupling with closing lid:

The pellets are blown directly into the storage room and the discharged air is evacuated. This requires two "filler couplings" with a lid. (1 x blow + 1 x evacuate)

These couplings including extension pipes, curve pieps and other accessories, are supplied by ÖkoFEN together with the heating system. A wall opening with a diameter of 125 to 150 mm must be prepared on site. It is recommended to use a PVC pipe with a diameter of 125 to 150 mm fixed to the brickwork. The filling couplings are then foamed in the prepared openings. The filler couplings must be connected to the brickwork (grounding).