How To Store Traeger Wood Pellets?

Traeger is a well known name when it comes to smokers and pellet grills. However, not many people realize how to store and organize Traeger pellets. So in this article, I will teach you how to store Traeger pellets.

So how do you store a Traeger pellet?

If you’re going to store the pellets for an extended amount of time, it’s essential to keep them properly.

The best way to store your Traeger wood pellets is to keep them in an airtight container. The airtight container will lock the moisture outside and keep the wood pallet utterly safe from the outside atmospheric humidity.

The humidity can spoil the wood pallet by attracting bacteria present in the air. Hence, the rotten wood pallets will not be suitable for your health. And you should avoid making use of them as fuel for your Traeger grills. 

Also, suppose they aren’t being used for an extended period. In that case, the pellets will dry out and lose their effectiveness, and keeping them in airtight containers will keep them fresh and retain their original properties for a longer duration of time.

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Tips on Storing Traeger Pellets

  1. Dry Environment – A good place to store your wood pellets is a dry environment. You can use a storage unit that has a sealable door and keep the temperature at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 C.). An airtight container will help maintain the freshness of your pellets, but you also want to make sure there is plenty of air circulating around them as well. The best way to do this is by using an open container with high sides and keeping it in a cool area where moisture isn’t present.

    Moisture is the enemy of wood pellets for smoking because it causes them to get moldy and mildewed very quickly, which reduces their quality and makes them less effective at producing smoke that infuses into the meat or other foods that are being smoked.
  1. Avoid warmth – The worst thing you can do is store your pellets in a warm environment. This will cause them to lose their freshness and start to break down, which means they won’t burn as well or last as long when you’re smoking food.
  2. Don’t store in a freezer – It’s tempting to think that you can keep your pellets fresh by storing them in the freezer, but this isn’t the best idea because it will cause them to crack and break apart when they’re being used for smoking food.
  3. Don’t leave them on the floor – If you have a storage unit that is made of cement, then it’s best to avoid leaving your wood pellets on the floor. This will cause them to absorb moisture from the ground and make them less effective for smoking food.
  4. Only open it for use – If you’re using your pellets for smoking food, then it’s best to only open the storage unit when you need them. This will help keep them fresh and prevent them from absorbing moisture from the air. Don’t put them in containers just because you want to. You’ll be wasting your pellets and making them less effective for smoking food.
  5. Keep them away from pets – If you have a pet, then it’s best to keep your wood pellets stored in an area that is out of their reach. This will prevent them from eating the wood pellets and getting sick or possibly dying if they happen to eat some that are moldy or rotten.
  6. Store in a sealed container – The best way to store your wood pellets is by storing them in an airtight container with high sides that can be kept in a cool, dry environment where they aren’t exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures. This will keep your pellets fresh and ready for use when you need them.
  7. Stack Them – If you have a lot of pellets, then it’s best to stack them in an organized manner so that they don’t get mixed up with other things. You can do this by using containers or simply stacking the wood pellets on top of each other and keeping them in a cool place where there isn’t any moisture present. This will keep your pellets fresh for a long time and make it easy for you to find what you need when you’re ready to use them.
  8. Don’t store near heat sources – It’s important not to store your wood pellets near anything that generates heat, such as an oven, stovetop or furnace vent because this will cause them to lose their freshness quickly and become less effective at producing smoke for food.

How Long Do Traeger Pellets Last?

The shelf life of wood pellets varies depending on the manufacturer and what kind of container they’re stored in. Some manufacturers claim that their pellets can last up to 2 years, but most experts recommend using them within 6 months after you buy them.

This is because the longer they are exposed to air, moisture, and heat from your storage unit or grill, then the more likely it is for mold spores to develop on them which will reduce their quality as smoking fuel.

The shelf life of wood pellets can vary based on the type of pellets you’re using. Some types will last longer than others, so it’s important to know how long your specific brand lasts before they start to lose their quality and become less effective for smoking food.

Here are a few things that impact whether or not your wood pellets will remain fresh once they’ve been purchased:

  • How well you store them
  • What type of wood is used in the pellet
  • Whether or not there are additives contained within the pellet (such as smoke flavor)

If you want to get an idea of how long your particular brand of wood pellets will last, then look at its expiration date. Most brands give this information on their packaging, but if you can’t find it, then call the manufacturer to find out.

Is It Okay To Leave Pellets Inside The Traeger?

No, it is not; if you leave unused pellets exposed to the elements of your outdoor environment, they could rot. So, next time you’re cooking with your Traeger pellet grill, be sure to empty your hopper after cooking so that it won’t get exposed to the outside air in any circumstances. Another safety precaution is to store your leftover pellets in a secure place, like a sealed bucket or an airtight container.

Does Wood Pellets Go Bad?

Wood pellets do go “bad” if there is moisture inside them when exposed to air. Moisture causes the wood pellets to absorb it, and then they have to be thrown away because they cannot be used for cooking, being damp and losing their properties as an ideal fuel for your Traeger grill.

How Long Will A Bag Of Traeger Last?

You’ll need 1 to 3 pounds of pellets for 1 hour of cooking time. And a bag of Traeger pellets contains 20 pounds of wood pellets. So, it will last up to 20 to 60 hours of cooking time. 

Be sure to fill the hopper with enough pellets before you begin grilling so that you don’t run out mid-cooking. It will help ensure that you’re never left without grill supplies when you need them most.


Traeger makes it easy to keep your pellets fresh with our airtight storage bags. These bags help keep your pellets fresh when you’re not using them, so you can focus on grilling and enjoying delicious meals time after time. You should not use wet pellets to cook on Traeger Grills as the wet wood pellets give off an outrageous amount of toxic fumes when burnt.