qbwebb wrote:,... but I am a bit concerned about the deteriorating bags. How long did yours last until they became unmovable without spilling on the pallet? Did you tarp the skids as well?
I have 4 or 5 bags that are 4 years old (a brand that I don't like how it burns so I don't use it if I can avoid it) and they are getting badly dried out. They tear if you look at them wrong. I notice a difference in the bag's flexibility after even one year. The exposure to sun and the amount of heat under the tarp will determine how fast the bags deteriorate. I usually have a handful of bags left each year and I try to burn them first the following year so it doesn't become an issue for me.
I do try to keep a tarp on them but water still gets in; not every bag but the lower ones. I've got a hand fed so that's not issue for me. I don't know what to tell you about the water; water is going to get in. You just do the best you can. I've thought of getting some of that plastic roofing material, the rigid wavy stuff you see on carports at the beach and laying that across the top. However, since it's not an issue for me beyond the black water making a mess on the floor, I haven't bothered. I just know to expect it. Good luck, Lisa