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Old 08-12-2020, 08:34 AM   #1
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I don’t have a pellet grill, but I do use the amnps. A few years ago I bought a large bag of hickory pellets, and I have been using them for various cooks with good results. Last week I cold smoked a pork belly and it had a slight chemical smoke flavor rather than the usual hickory flavor. I’ve done pork bellies in the past with these pellets also with good results. I store them in a plastic covered bin outside under my smoker in the summer and in the garage in the winter.
Can pellets go bad, absorb odor, moisture, or just deteriorate?
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Old 08-12-2020, 08:41 AM   #2
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The only issue I've had with pellets is that the outside casing of a batch dissolved due to extreme moisture exposure. I was left with a lot of sawdust. I've never noticed any non-wood smell or taste and some of my bags of pellets are 6 to 9 months old before I finish using them.

I'd suggest smelling the pellets and see if you can detect any wrong odor from them and then burn a small batch of them and smell the smoke to see if that's off.
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How was the air flow, sounds like you might have an issue with stale smoke. Not enough airflow, to move the smoldering smoke through?? I have a bella smoke generator that I use pellets in to cold smoke. I used it in my FEC 100 (Just using the chamber, the cooker off) to cold smoke snack Sticks. It did not draw well and I got that stale, over smoked and a little chemical taste I find if I use my shirley as a cold smoke chamber is gets a better smoke flavor, as the cooker draws smoke over the food and out the stack. ???
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Old 08-12-2020, 03:52 PM   #4
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Yes they can go bad and I keep mine in a sealed container and off the concrete floor of my garage . The heat keeping them outside might be baking them and seasoning them more to a dry state and changing the smoke profile .
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aint no amount of drying going to put a chemical smell/taste in a pellet, I routinely leave multiple bags in my carport which gets really hot mid to late day unless I am out there running a fan. taste/smell the same
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Yes. You need to keep them below 40F if using them within a month, otherwise freeze them and they will last 6 months.
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How was the air flow, sounds like you might have an issue with stale smoke. Not enough airflow, to move the smoldering smoke through?? I have a bella smoke generator that I use pellets in to cold smoke. I used it in my FEC 100 (Just using the chamber, the cooker off) to cold smoke snack Sticks. It did not draw well and I got that stale, over smoked and a little chemical taste I find if I use my shirley as a cold smoke chamber is gets a better smoke flavor, as the cooker draws smoke over the food and out the stack. ???
1. You can over smoke when there’s bad airflow/no airflow in the smoke camber being used.
2. Also, usually pellets will burn cleaner then other fuel sources, but even smoldering pellets can produce a bad smoke taste when exposed to the meat too long. Bad smoke is bad smoke, be it from Hardwood, Charcoal or pellets. Now when you add bad smoldering smoke to a smoke/cook chamber with no or very little airflow... The results can be disastrous. Proper fire and smoke management is key when using your Cold Smoke Gen. .02.
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I don’t have a pellet grill, but I do use the amnps. A few years ago I bought a large bag of hickory pellets, and I have been using them for various cooks with good results. Last week I cold smoked a pork belly and it had a slight chemical smoke flavor rather than the usual hickory flavor. I’ve done pork bellies in the past with these pellets also with good results. I store them in a plastic covered bin outside under my smoker in the summer and in the garage in the winter.
Can pellets go bad, absorb odor, moisture, or just deteriorate?
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To the OP... Can pellets go bad, absorb odor, moisture, or just deteriorate? If not properly stored, yes... and nothing last forever, so a good airtight container will help protect your pellet investment. Good luck.
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Yes. You need to keep them below 40F if using them within a month, otherwise freeze them and they will last 6 months.
???? Really ??? I have several bags in my garage that have never went "bad"
it's a wood product why would keeping them below 40 help
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I use to buy them by the pallet/ton, it would take 5yrs to use them up. I did store them in the garage off the concrete. Won a lot of awards with those "old" pellets. Don't put me in the camp of they get old....
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I use to buy them by the pallet/ton, it would take 5yrs to use them up. I did store them in the garage off the concrete. Won a lot of awards with those "old" pellets. Don't put me in the camp of they get old....
they don't melt over 40f?
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Yes. You need to keep them below 40F if using them within a month, otherwise freeze them and they will last 6 months.
Are you talking pellets or meat?

My pellets are always in the attached garage or the metal smoker garage. On the concrete when I forget. Never an issue.

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